The last time Josh Beckett faced the Atlanta Braves, he threw a complete-game shutout — the fourth time in six starts he allowed zero earned runs. With the Sox steadily winning two out of every three games against NL foes, Beckett looks to keep that pattern going against Jair Jurrgens, who was victimized by some bad defense last time out in a no decision against the Sox in an eventual loss.
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31 replies on “The Stopper: Sox-Braves Gamer IV”
This is going to be one of those quiet nights around here, isn’t it? Hmm.
Yay, dead bats.
Honestly, I am so sick of the National League. Way too many games against them. One is too many, as far as I am concerned, but this many is just stupid.
This is it, though, right? No more after this series?
Having Green and Kotsay in the lineup is bad enough before you add the pitcher’s spot. Actually, I bet Beckett has at least as good a night at the plate as either of them.
This better be it for the Sox, at least until October. At that point bring the NL on.
Francoeur just stared at a perfect fastball that tailed back over the black, his reaction was kind of “what the fuck, that was a strike?” and part “what just happened?”.
Good inning for Beckett, with a hit mixed in. Going to the third, no score.
Well, that AB by Beckett there did my prediction no good.
Nice job working around the leadoff double and HBP.
After enduring weeks of barely-newsworthy “Smoltz has rehab start” stories in the papers, followed by a completely underwhelming debut, it’s good to see Bex back out on the mound.
I would expect Smoltz to do a lot better in his second start, but he basically looked like an unshaven Dice-K last night.
N.b.: Ortiz back in the 5-hole.
Jurrjens pitching even better than Beckett — or Sox just not hitting well?
Beckett gives up 2 singles in a row, but still has Francoeur’s number, anyway.
Just noticed the Yankees destroying the Mets. I hope Boston wins this series, because the Yanks are going to sweep.
Wow, a 3 error inning from the Amazings.
Damn this is a quiet game (and thread).
By the way, the Mets are an atrocious team. The Yankees should blow them away, a sweep and a run difference of double digits over the three games, easy.
Is Big Papi loud enough for you, Hudson?
Hell yeah, stuck!
Too bad Lowell’s production is declining right as Ortiz’s is picking up. I guess it’s always something.
Meanwhile: Has there ever been a major leaguer with three Js in his name before Jair Jurrjens?
Really hoped Drew would get Pedroia home there, especially once he was balked to third.
Nice to see the DP.
Beckett looks like he has a shot at going 8 at least tonight, and I don’t want to see the bullpen after that episode last night with the Nats.
so it seems every where the sox go in the NL, they set an attendance record for that ballpark. 3 consecutive records set in DC followed by tonites record setter in Atlanta. is there really any doubt who the most popular team in baseball is?
Ex-Red Sock David Ross hits a solo homer off Paps in a non-save situation.
McCann w/2-out pinch double.
Again, Paps can’t pitch effectively in a non-save situation.
Blano Ks, and it’s over, 4-1.
Beckett improves to 9-3, drops his ERA to 3.48 w/7 scoreless.
Petey forces two balks, scores after each. Papi homers.
Life is good.
Paps hadn’t given up a run in a non-save situation until this game.
“…so it seems every where the sox go in the NL, they set an attendance record for that ballpark. 3 consecutive records set in DC followed by tonites record setter in Atlanta. is there really any doubt who the most popular team in baseball is?…”
uh, well rod, that would be the cubs, who have the best per game average road attendance in mlb, while being #6 at home…a certain other team happens to lead the majors in combined home/road average attendance, and home attendance, despite the well publicized less than capacity crowds at home…the sox are #8 at home [understandable], and #5 on the road, for an overall ranking of #6…