Josh Beckett didn't pitch badly last night in his final start of 2010. He pitched out of trouble twice early, and allowed one run for the first six innings. But then the White Sox put up three in the seventh, and coasted to a 5-2 win. Mike Lowell hit what could be his final MLB home run in the 8th.
Beckett ends a very disappointing, injury-riddled season at 6-6 with a 5.78 ERA.
But Jon Lester will go for Red Sox history tonight. (I mistakenly written he'd be going for it on Friday night earlier this week on this blog. The Mighty Quinn regrets the error.) He will try for win number 20, and become the first Red Sox lefty since Mel Parnell to win 20 in a season. Parnell turned the trick 57 years ago, in 1953.
It's been a rather sad week. The Red Sox were eliminated on Tuesday night, we lost iconic figures George Blanda, Gloria Stuart, Eddie Fisher, Arthur Penn and Tony Curtis, and my late friend Joyce would have been 50 years old tomorrow.
Life does move on.