Slip-Sliding Away: Sox-Mariners Gamer II

It hasn't been a good West Coast trip for the crimson crew.

They've scored exactly four runs in each of the first four games, good for a one-run win in Game 1 — and three straight losses thereafter. 

The offense has been particularly abysmal, twice letting a pitcher off the ropes while David Ortiz has been abominable — 1 for 14 on the trip, including an 0-for-7 day with 12 stranded runners in a 12-inning game the Sox lost by one run.

Meanwhile, in two of the Sox' three losses, an early lead vaporized in one inning as Tim Wakefield and Jon Lester spit their bits.

It's been a rough trip to be staying up late for the Red Sox. Even worse, the Yankees have been surging, and the Blue Jays haven't quite collapsed as we'd hoped. Thankfully, it's the last West Coast swing of the season, and Josh Beckett is on the mound tonight. We always have hope in Beckett, even though — like all the other starters — he's been mostly disappointing this year.

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13 comments… add one
    On fire! 2-0!

    Paul SF May 16, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • Now Varitek with the two-run blast!
    Let’s see if they can make this lead stand up.

    Paul SF May 16, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • Jeff Bailey homerun derby!

    Atheose May 16, 2009, 11:29 pm
  • And Jeff Bailey gets a run back!

    Paul SF May 16, 2009, 11:29 pm
  • Little League (and the requisite cocktail following a tough game) now finished so I’m checking in. how does Beckett look tonight?

    rootbeerfloat May 16, 2009, 11:56 pm
  • I’ve only been watching since the 3rd nining, and he’s looked good RBF.

    Atheose May 17, 2009, 12:03 am
  • Mariners analysts making fun of Sterling’s homerun calls. “It’s an A-bomb, from A-Rod!”

    Atheose May 17, 2009, 12:07 am
  • Beckett back out there despite being at 108 pitches. Looks like Tito didn’t learn his lesson after Lester’s meltdown last night.
    Sure enough a ball is smoked at Lowell, but he makes a great play.

    Atheose May 17, 2009, 12:14 am
  • Great play by Velasquez at SS, but Ichiro is too fast. Beckett still out there with the tying run at the plate.

    Atheose May 17, 2009, 12:19 am
  • Giventhe last few nights, that made me really nervous but it’s over.

    rootbeerfloat May 17, 2009, 12:21 am
  • Hey look we won, and Papelbon is the league-leader in saves.
    Beckett: 7 IP, 2 ER. ‘Bout time.

    Atheose May 17, 2009, 1:05 am
  • Finally another win. Paps gets the save. Beckett the stopper. Offense does it with the long ball.

    pale blue eyes May 17, 2009, 1:06 am
  • we won! we won! Holy crap, we won!

    rootbeerfloat May 17, 2009, 1:17 am

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