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In the midst of the worst season of his career, Josh Beckett has been pitching a bit better of late, and the trend continued in Saturday night’s start against the Blue Jays. He allowed four runs on 10 hits and two walks in seven innings, taking the loss in a 4-3 defeat. Beckett struck out seven, but threw 111 pitches. Inefficient efforts have plagued Beckett all year, and if that trend continues, the Red Sox may be in trouble for the next four seasons (all part of his new four-year, $68 million contract).
The Red Sox bats didn’t step up either. Despite 11 hits, with eight starters collecting at least one hit, the Sox scored only three runs and left 10 men on base. Ricky Romero did well to work out of jams, and he along with the Toronto bullpen held the Sox to just 2-9 with runners in scoring position.
Not to be outdone by his team’s pitching, Jose Bautista continued his quest for 50 home runs, launching No. 49 in the first inning off Beckett. If Toronto was anywhere close to contention, you would have to bring Bautista’s name up in MVP talks. Who wouldn’t want 49 HRs, 114 RBI, a .384 OBP and a .622 slugging percentage from your third baseman/outfielder?
Oh, and in case you’re scoring at home…the Red Sox are now 7.5 games back of the Rays, and according to ESPN have a .5% chance of making the playoffs.
Lowrie went 2-4 with an RBI. It wasn’t an overwhelming performance, but Jed’s effort stood tall.
Beckett was pretty good on the mound, but not great, as he was battered around to the tune of 10 hits. He’s turning into Daisuke Matsuzaka, which is OK if it’s for one more season. But, we’ve got for more with Beckett, and he better figure out what’s wrong pretty quick.
W: Ricky Romero (13-9)
L: Josh Beckett (5-5)
SV: Kevin Gregg (33)