Saturday, October 18, 2008

There will be a game 7!

Josh Beckett came back to something resembling his old self. He still wasn't the dominating Beckett of old, but he pitched smart, located his fastball and set up his breaking pitches nicely. He managed to go five innings, giving up only two runs (both on solo homers).

(Just an aside here - I'm watching the postgame on TBS they are showing shots of the Rays fans. They all look like their dog just died.)

Beckett was followed up by 4 hitless innings from the bullpen - 2 from Okajima, 1 from Masterson and 1 from Papelbon. They got just enough offense on solo homers from Youk and Tek (the captain's first hit of the series), another RBI from Youk and one from Papi.

The Rays looked like the Red Sox did before the 7th inning of game 5. There was a definite "deer in the headlights" look to the players in the Rays dugout. And they get to face the Red Sox best pitcher, Jon Lester, who is unlikely to repeat his game 3 performance.

One last thing: I saw this stat on ESPN this morning. Teams down 3-1 in a series that win games 5 and 6 are 11-4 in game 7.

World Series or bust! See you tomorrow.


At 12:24 AM, Blogger Bismo said...

I was actually "proud" of the TB fans' obvious pain, tho I sympathize... it shows they've come to care about their team and of course that pain - that we know so well! - comes with it. Win or lose tomorrow night they're in for the whole experience and hat's off to them.


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