The Red Sox bounced back nicely last night from the difficult defeat of Monday night, as Jason Bay had four hits and Josh Beckett pitched 6 2/3 solid innings as the Sox won, 8-2 in Kansas City.
I watched the game on and off as I was hosting Trivia Night, so I can't really watch very closely. But I did see the ball that Jason Bay hit that I thought was going to go out. Royals centerfielder Mitch Maier had the ball hit off his glove (pictured) and it rolled along the wall until leftfielder Ross Gload knocked it down to the ground and held Bay to a double. (Jed Lowrie knocked him in with a RBI triple right after the play occurred.)
It just goes to show you that you never know what you may see at a baseball game.
It was a nice bounce back for Beckett, who had his worst start of the season last time against the LA Angels. He allowed just 2 runs on 4 hits, and struck out seven in getting his first win, his 10th of the year, in almost a month.
Jacoby Ellsbury also had a great night, as he had two hits and stole two bases. Those were his first steals in over five weeks. The Sox really need him to be more consistent, and be the offensive catalyst they know he can be.
The series concludes tonight with Tim Wakefield taking the hill against KC's Luke Hochevar.