Sunday, July 20, 2008

Another Down Day On The Left Coast For Boston...Angels 4 Red Sox 2

The road woes continue for the world champion Boston Red Sox. They played and lost Saturday to the team with the best record in all of baseball - the LA Angels. The final score was 4-2. Josh Beckett pitched well, well enough to win if the seventh inning could be tossed into the trash. Until that bottom of the seventh, the score was 2-0 Good Guys, but Vlad Guerrero started the Angels' scoring with a solo home run, and with the bases chock full of enemy hitters, a triple by Erick Aybar cleared the bases just as a spray of Windex can clean your television screen. (P.S. Do not use Windex or any alcohol-based products on your Plasma or LCD Hi Def screen...please!) I had to throw in that disclaimer. Any television screen that is not made of hard glass needs a water-moistened towel...if not, a haze will develop, completely muting the crisp picture that you might have paid big bucks for. Remember that! Oops, back to baseball...

Josh Beckett, so steady except for that fateful seventh frame, was able to go eight innings, earning the loss while giving up four runs, all of them earned, on nine base hits. He walked only one and struck out six. And that's nothing to complain about...I WILL complain about this, however. The Red Sox, who really need Big Papi in a huge way, have scored only five runs in the two games since the All Star game. Against a team like the Angels, that ain't enough! The man himself, Josh Beckett, had this to say after the game was over...

"I thought I had to battle a little more today, I didn't have great stuff," Beckett said when asked if he felt as dominating as he'd been against the Angels last October. "They hit a lot of balls at guys and guys made good plays. I pitched better than my numbers showed today, but I pitched just good enough to lose."

Peter here, and hey Josh! If that's the way you pitch when you think you deserve to lose, that's good enough for me. For anyone! If the Sox had scored a normal total of runs, oh, let's say five, that would have been a win. But it didn't work out that way and the page has been turned. OFFICIALLY. Red Sox Nation and Red Sox International turns it's eyes to Tim Wakefield, who will be going against the always tough John Garland. A sweep can be avoided with a Boston win...let's hope and have faith. The game will start at 6pm EDT, grill time in the northeast. So enjoy the show. Timmy has strung together SO many great starts - he's the hottest pitcher on the club, bar none. For more on yesterday's loss, just click on the title of this post. Have a wonderful Sunday, and as always, BE WELL. I'd love to read and respond to any or all of your comments, so talk to me. I'll talk back...promise! Thanks for stopping in once again. P.S. Big Papi homered once again...that's three in three games down in Pawtucket. It will be SO good to see him back in his three spot in the batting order. Enjoy your Sunday, and GO GREG NORMAN! And Tim Wakefield, of course...

2 Comments:

At 7/20/2008 1:38 PM, Blogger Fenway West said...

Sorry we can't deliver out here in California where Sox are now 2-5. It's Wake to the rescue once again.

 
At 7/21/2008 5:09 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And the 'pen gives up 2 in the 8th and another loss is ours. Where's my papi? We need a spark plug. Or a new battery. Or a power cord. Or something.

 

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