*Picture from the Boston Globe*
What kind of conversation do you think is going on behind the gloves of Beckett and Lowell after Josh gave up a 2 run double in the 5th to make it a 3-2 Red Sox lead? Is it a serious, "shake it off, you've got these guys" talk, or more along the lines of the scene from Bull Durham and Beckett is asking Lowell what kind of animal do you sacrifice to prevent bad innings?
Whatever Mikey said seemed to work: Beckett went from a man on 2nd and nobody out after giving up the runs to walking off the field 3 outs later and the score was the same.
Texas should be proud: the favorite son of the Lone Star State pitched himself quite a game today. 3 innings after giving up the double, Beckett left with the following line:
8IP, 2R's, 6H's, 1BB, 8 K's. One Papelbot save later, and he's the first 11 game winner in the major's this year, sporting an 11-1 record and hopefully the starting spot in the All-Star game, and if there is any justice, the AL Cy Young.
A Tek home run made the final score 4-2, and the Red Sox took a series against the best team in the NL, finishing off inter-league play with a 12-6 record. Not as good as last year's 16-2, but it'll do just fine.
Oh yeah: the Yankees lost. Again. It's now an 11.5 game lead on the third place MFY's. That's right Yankee fan: the juggernaut known as the Toronto Blue Jays is in second place.
Somewhere, Suzyn Waldman is crying.