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  • May 29th, 2009

    Red Sox 3, Twins 1:
    Rabble Rouser, thy name is Josh Beckett…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:50 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Just once, do you think Josh Beckett could keep himself out of trouble??? Apparently not. Although to be fair, his mouth was the least of it in yesterday’s 7th inning, when both catchers and both managers were ejected at different times, and for different reasons. Ron Gardenhire and catcher Mike Redmond were ejected in the top of the 7th for arguing a play at the plate. Tito and ‘Tek (who has another amazing day at the plate–2 solo shots, which made up 2/3 of all Red Sox scoring yesterday) who took one for the team by getting between the ump and Josh Beckett in the bottom of the 7th when Beckett did not get the strike 3 call he thought he should have had. He yelled a comment, and ‘Tek jumped in…

    Otherwise, Josh Beckett, making his 100th start with the Sox (he is 53-30 in that span) and his 1st start ever in the Metrodome, was splendid in another outing, going 7 strong innings of 1 run ball. He gave up 3 hits (including the solo shot in the 2nd inning, which was the only scoring the Twins had) while walking 4 and striking out 8…He threw 111 pitches, 69 for strikes, bringing his record to a decent 5-2 on the year with a 4.60 ERA. AND, in the last 3 starts, spanning 22 innings, he has allowed 3 earned runs–TOTAL…

    So the Sox bid farewell to the Metrodome, and their dreadful 58-80 record there, which will be replaced by Target Field, an outdoor field, for the 2010 campaign, with a split, and complete their play against the Twins for 2009 (unless they both make it to the postseason) The Sox take the season series 4-2…

    And Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon both had good innings, each giving up a hit and getting a strikeout in their inning of work…

    Coming up: Tim Wakefield, the only Red Sox starter not to get a start in the Metrodome in this, its final year of existence (and who is actually bummed about that, as he has a 7-4 record with a 4.54 ERA at the Dome…) gets the nod across the border, and the Sox travel to Toronto, and once again miss Doc Halladay. He is opposed by Casey Janssen. 1st pitch 7:07pm…

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