Sunday, May 15, 2011

Beckett Shuts Down Yankees... Again (19-20)

Last night, the Red Sox dominated the Yankees by a score of 6-0, when the Red Sox just killed them. For the first four innings, this game was a duel between Josh Beckett (right) and C.C. Sabathia, before the Sox got to Sabathia. In the 5th inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases with one out, before Jacoby Ellsbury doubled to left center field, scoring two runs. After Mike Cameron got to second to start the 7th inning, Jason Varitek hit a single to right field that Nick Swisher bobbled, allowing Cameron to score and make it 3-0 Red Sox. After Dustin Pedroia reached base later in the inning, Adrian Gonzalez hit a shot to right field. A three-run homer for Adrian Gonzalez! I was grinning ear to ear on that one, as it made it 6-0 Red Sox!
Josh Beckett (top right) shut down the Yankees last night, pitching 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 9. It's funny how both of Beckett's best starts this year have been against the Yankees, as he moves to 3-1/1.75/49 this year, as he has been fantastic. The bullpen was pretty good too, as Matt Albers pitched 2 scoreless innings and Rich Hill had one. Jacoby Ellsbury had a good game, going 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI, as he is now .301/4/19. Dustin Pedroia went 3-4 with a run scored, as he moved that batting average up to a miserable .253. Adrian Gonzalez (left) only went 1-5, but his one hit was huge, as he has now hit 7 homers in the last 7 games. Jed Lowrie (1-4), Mike Cameron (1-3), Carl Crawford (1-4), and Jason Varitek (1-3) each scored a run as well. Tonight, Jon Lester (4-1/2.96/51) and Freddy Garcia (2-2/2.61/26) will square off as the Sox will look for the .500 mark again.

Bright Spots:
Josh Beckett- 6 shutout innings, with 4 hits and 9 strikeouts
Matt Albers- 2 scoreless innings of relief
Rich Hill- a scoreless inning of relief
Jacoby Ellsbury- 2-4 with a 2-run double
Dustin Pedroia- 3-4 with a run scored
Adrian Gonzalez- 1-5 with a 3-run homer
Mike Cameron- 1-3 with a run
Jason Varitek- 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored

Dull Spots:
David Ortiz- 0-4 with 2 strikeouts

Well, last night was satisfying. How could it not be? But we really need to reach .500 in the next game!

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