Monday, June 15, 2009

Boston Back in First Place

Beckett Pitches ;6 1/2 ;innings of Hitless Ball, But Tigers still make it ;interesting!
Sox came out last night looking ready to go and wanting this win. ;The Sox ;were on a mission to beat the Central ;Division's ;1st ;place team, the Tigers!! ;They started off like that to-- Pedroia led off the game with a hit, then JD Drew would hit his 200th ;career ;home-run ;and the Sox took an early 2-0 lead. The score would remain like this because Beckett was lights out!! ;It wasn't until the 5th inning when the Sox would score 2 more runs making the score at 4-0 and Beckett still hitless and looking like a machine!! ;Then in the 7th inning with 2 outs, Beckett faced C. Granderson and with a 1-2 count Beckett went for the corner of the plate and Granderson slapped it to right ;field ;for the Tigers' ;1st hit of the game and ending Beckett's no hitter!!! ;He would strike out the next batter, so after 7 innings the Tigers were down 4-0 and the Sox heading up to bat and this is when the game got even more ;interesting. The Red Sox came out in the top of the 8th like they were pissed for blowing the no hitter (even though ;it was no ones ;fault, that's just ;baseball) and would go through the entire line up with the Sox ;adding 6 more runs ; ;making the score ;10-0!!!! Every Red Sox starter ended with at least 1 hit including Big Papi who hit a ;2-rbi ;double, so maybe this new lineup is working, scoring 10 runs and having 13 hits, solid!! ;So you would think ;its ;over now, but like I said Detroit wanted to make it ;interesting ;and when Beckett came back out for the 8th then things ended up getting a little rough. B. Inge of the Tigers led off with a double off Beckett (only 2nd hit and that's all he allowed) then he would hit the next batter, and then the errors started. On a double play ball Pedroia missed Green leading to Detroit's 1st run and men at 1st and 2nd. So Francona came out and took out Beckett ;bringing in Bard. Beckett went 7.2 innings and ;only gave up 2 hits. ;He would still be charged for 2 earned, but he ;had 9 strikeouts- -Sick!!! Bard would have a little trouble, his 1st pitch was hit to Lowell and he would ;fumble ;the ball for another error and another run. Now with the score ;10-2, still in the 8th ;with bases loaded when Granderson again does damage and hits a triple scoring 3 more, but then Bard was able to stop the bleeding after 5 runs were scored and 3 errors all in that one ;inning!!! Now with a 10-5 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th, ;somehow ;Sox ;relievers ;would give up a hit and 2 walks loading the bases, a little scary let me tell you. It was 10-0 now it's 10-5 and the Tigers ;had the bases loaded!! The next Sox reliever, Saito, comes in ;with the bases loaded and he ;would be able to close the door and give Beckett the Win he deserved. Final score: Sox 10--Tigers 5. ; ;Meanwhile the Yankees lost, so with our win we move into a tie for first place with NY, Sweet!!! Beckett has looked like his old self for last 3 starts and the Sox are looking good taking 2 out of 3 so far with game 3 tonight. ;Come on Sox get the Sweep, you can do it. ; ;

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