Finish Strong: Royals-Sox Gamer IV

The Red Sox haven't had the homestand we would have liked, now just 5-4 against the Mariners, Athletics and Royals. But they've pushed their division lead to two games and, regardless of what happens today, will be all alone at the top at the All-Star break. It doesn't mean anything, but it's nice, nonetheless.

Let's not rest on our laurels though. Winning three of four entering the break (and extending that lead to three games, perhaps) would be a nice piece of momentum, and they've got the right man on the mound to make that happen, with Josh Beckett set to pitch.

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  • So far, so good through 1, though the Sox could have done more damage there. Not a big fan of the Tek/Baldelli/Green/Bates lineup, either. Can’t really blame Francona — time for Theo to work some magic.

    stuck working July 12, 2009, 1:55 pm
  • With one out in the second, Bruce Chen is averaging about 13 pitches an out.
    He won’t last long.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 12, 2009, 2:12 pm
  • Sox need to capitalize on their opportunities here.

    Paul SF July 12, 2009, 2:12 pm
  • Not helpful when Baldelli tries to come home on a dribbler in front of the plate. Bring the runners home Pedey!

    Paul SF July 12, 2009, 2:13 pm
  • Beckett is dealing. 5 of 7 outs are Ks.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 12, 2009, 2:20 pm
  • How is this still just a one run game? Beckett needs to keep on dealing …

    pale blue eyes July 12, 2009, 2:30 pm
  • So much RISP FAIL in so little time.

    stuck working July 12, 2009, 2:31 pm
  • Beckett, though, has just been outstanding.

    stuck working July 12, 2009, 2:37 pm
  • Do we have another doubles machine on our hands in Aaron Bates?

    pale blue eyes July 12, 2009, 2:42 pm
  • I had a feeling Bates would feast on Chen.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 12, 2009, 2:44 pm
  • Unlike Youk, Papi gets a run in. Time for Bay.

    stuck working July 12, 2009, 2:55 pm
  • Royals wisely walk Bay. Now Tek’s turn.

    stuck working July 12, 2009, 2:56 pm
  • I really don’t want to see 9 LOBs before the 5th.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 12, 2009, 2:59 pm
  • RBI walk for Tek. Really nice 10-pitch at-bat.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 12, 2009, 3:02 pm
  • Get 3 but leave ’em loaded.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 12, 2009, 3:05 pm
  • Beckett at 48 pitches through 5!! If he keeps this up we will not see the bullpen today.

    pale blue eyes July 12, 2009, 3:12 pm
  • Royals playing like they can’t wait for the break. They’re never a patient team, but they’re really hacking.

    stuck working July 12, 2009, 3:28 pm
  • Wow, Bay has been on base 4 times, but is 0 for 0 after 3 BB and 1 HBP. Funny.

    stuck working July 12, 2009, 3:35 pm
  • Bases loaded, just one out in the 7th… Beckett needs a DP here, or some defenseless plaster water cooler is going to lose its life in the dugout at the end of this inning.

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 3:47 pm
  • Hey, I guess I’m the reverse-jinxer today: A double play. Dugout water coolers breathe a sigh of relief.

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 3:48 pm
  • And Beckett gets the DP. 70 pitches through seven. KC still scoreless. And the A’s have taken the lead against TB.

    pale blue eyes July 12, 2009, 3:48 pm
  • plaster >>> plastic, obv.
    At 83 pitches through eight, Bex is in line for a complete game shutout here, barring a 9th-inning meltdown (trying that reverse jinx again).

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 4:08 pm
  • >>> Bay has been on base 4 times, but is 0 for 0 after 3 BB and 1 HBP.
    … while Papi is 0 for 4 with 3Ks but has an RBI … At-bat #5 in progress now.

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 4:10 pm
  • Beckett = superb, so far. Through 8, 83 pitches, 3 hits, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts. Just what the doctor ordered.

    Devine July 12, 2009, 4:12 pm
  • KC’s Joaquim Soria has a 1.57 ERA in 23 appearances, with 14 saves in 16 opportunities, including 30 Ks vs. 7 walks. Impressive line so far this year (his third).
    But he just gave up a double to Ortiz…

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 4:14 pm
  • Holy crap, Jason Bay HBP after a long AB. If things go as expected, he will have 0 ABs on the day, and 5 times on base.

    Devine July 12, 2009, 4:16 pm
  • Has Jason Bay had the single most Moneyball day at the plate or what?

    stuck working July 12, 2009, 4:17 pm
  • RBal knocks in DOrt, 6-0 Sox.
    And now Green appeared to get Bay home with a sac fly, but Baldelli didn’t slide and the run doesn’t count…
    Re. Bay, I wonder what the single-game record is for reaching base without a hit?

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 4:21 pm
  • Admittedly not an important run, but dammit, Baldelli has run into some weird outs on the year.

    Devine July 12, 2009, 4:22 pm
  • 88 pitches, 2 outs to go.

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 4:25 pm
  • What’s more amazing: Bay getting on base 5 times without a hit — or the Sox’s collective failure to bring him around to score a single run?
    The more I think about it, either way, the answer is: Varitek sucks.

    stuck working July 12, 2009, 4:25 pm
  • 91 pitches, one out to go.

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 4:26 pm
  • Finished in style as he swings on a breaking ball. Most pitches Beckett had in an inning was 14 (he had 11 this inning, I think).
    The post title proved apt.

    Devine July 12, 2009, 4:28 pm
  • Woa … Beckett is good right now!
    Two game lead guaranteed at the break. Maybe more: Go Angels!!

    pale blue eyes July 12, 2009, 4:28 pm
  • 11th win for Beckett: 7 Ks, 0 walks, 3 hits (2 singles 1 double), 94 pitches, just 29 batters due to the one DP, plus Devine’s inning pitch count stat above. Highly efficient outing.

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 4:29 pm
  • Baltimore finished the Jays (who are growling less and less relevant by the day).
    A’s looking to finish the Rays (1 down in the 9th with a 4 run lead and no one on).

    Devine July 12, 2009, 4:30 pm
  • Meanwhile, the Yankee-killing Halos are down 1-0 in the 4th.

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 4:30 pm
  • Rays finished.

    Devine July 12, 2009, 4:32 pm
  • Now 1-1 out in California. That’s it for me…

    Hudson July 12, 2009, 4:35 pm
  • Angels now up 4-1.
    Red Sox were 3-17 with RISP, by the way!! I guess against the Royals you can do that …

    pale blue eyes July 12, 2009, 4:48 pm
  • Globe reports that Buchholz will start on Friday in Toronto. Just the one start because of Beckett’s and Wake’s participation in the All Star game.

    pale blue eyes July 12, 2009, 5:02 pm
  • What a kickass score to come home to. And Buchholz is pitching on Friday? Holy potatoes I’m excited.

    Atheose July 12, 2009, 6:50 pm