June 20th, 2007
Another day, another brilliant line for Josh Beckett–and his 1st shutout outing this year: 6 innings pitches, giving up only the 4 hits, 0 runs, while striking out 3. He also hit an RBI double in the 5th inning, and came around to score…He would have pitched longer, but the 43 minute rain delay to start the 7th inning put the kibosh on that….He is now the 2nd 10 game winner in the AL ( the Angels John Lackey was the 1st) Last year he won a career high 16 games…
This is getting almost automatic–and hopefully it will lead to the starting pitching spot in the All-Star game next month–something we have not had since Derek Lowe in 2002…
Someone is finally listening: Citing his 0-10 lifetime against Atlanta’s starter Tim Hudson, Tito opted to sit Lugo and play Alex Cora (2-8 lifetime against Hudson) last night. Unfortunately, it seems like its only for the one night. From Tito: “When I called him in [Monday] I said, ‘You know what? When you’re kind of scuffling and you’re facing a guy that’s good and tough on you, just maybe let Cora play…I think he really wanted to play bad, and I’m kind of glad he did. But, and I told him, ‘We’re not giving up on you. Don’t panic. Just let Cora take your at-bats tonight.’
Lugo was dropped to the bottom of the order from the leadoff spot on June 12th–it didn’t help….
But if Tito continues to use poor records against starting pitchers, we may never see Lugo again!
And of course, Alex Cora was excellent, hitting a TRIPLE (he leads the team with 4…) in the 5th inning, a sac fly in the 6th to score the final run of the game, and had no errors in the field….
Because of the extreme and sudden loss in velocity on Curt Schillings fast ball, plus the fact that he has gotten lit up like a Christmas tree in his last 2 starts (19 hits over 9 1/3 innings), the Sox sent him back to Boston for a MRI on his shoulder–which, fortunately, came out clean, which means there is no structural damage, but will get more tests done today. He will then spend a couple of days with the Sox rehabilitation coordinator, and be reevaluated Friday. No word yet on whether he will miss his start against the Padres on Sunday…
The name being thrown out there if Curt misses his start is Devern Hansack..Hey! What about Jon Lester?????
And not because I sat at my computer last night and watched or anything..but the Skanks LOST TO THE ROCKIES- HA HA….so now the lead is 9 games…whooo hoo!
Tonight: Batsh*t Julian, coming off his best start of the season, takes the mound tonight in the deciding game of this 3 game series. Buddy Carlyle pitches for Atlanta–1st pitch is 7:35pm