Was watching that game in Toronto last night like pulling teeth or what?
I was bouncing between feeds last night, as ESPN was going from game-to-game, with the Mets-Dodgers game rained out. So they showed the NESN feed of the game for about 3 innings. (The MLB package had the Jays feed. Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler aren't bad, but I'll take Don and Jerry any day.)
Once again the Sox got Josh Beckett some runs and he totally wasted it. A 5-0 lead was gone in the third, as Beckett got pounded for 6 runs. But the Jays pitching was hardly better, as Dana Eveland surrendered eight and the Sox had the lead back in the fourth, 8-6. But Beckett put the first two on, and Terry Francona pulled the plug mercifully, and brought in Scott Atchison. (Uh-oh.) Actually, he wasn't that bad, getting two outs, before a fly to left was just missed against the wall by Bill Hall, and the game was tied again.
The Sox finally jumped out to stay in the sixth, getting four to take a 13-9 lead. The best news of the night was the pitching of Manny Delcarmen, who retired all six men he faced in the sixth and seventh. But Hideki Okajima, who has been simply hideous as of late, put three men on and two of them scored in the eighth before Daniel Bard got the Sox out of the eighth with a 13-12 lead.
Jonathan Papelbon got a 1-2-3 ninth inning (thank goodness), and 4 hours and 4 minutes after it started, the Red Sox had a 13-12 win. It was brutal to sit through, but a win is a win. The Red Sox are now 9-11, and have won five of their last seven.
It was good to see that the Red Sox scored 13 runs without the benefit of a home run. Jason Varitek had four RBI, and five players had at least three hits.
My friend Adam pointed out to me last night that Josh Beckett's numbers for April 2010 are eerily similar to April 2009:
2010: 7.22 ERA, 37 H and 13 BB in 28.2 IP
2009: 7.22 ERA, 36 H and 16 BB in 28.2 IP
Well, let's hope he turns it around this year the way he did last year. And soon.