Sunday, October 12, 2008

Too late to blog by the time last night's 5 hour plus, 11 inning marathon ended, so here are a few thoughts from the game.
  • Obviously, the first thing on everyone's mind this morning is the condition of Josh Beckett. The formerly invincible post-season ace had his second straight poor performance, giving up a whopping 8 runs in 4.1 innings to the Rays last night. The Red Sox coaching staff continues to insist it isn't physical, but you have to wonder. His location was terrible (he only got one swing-and-miss on a fastball last night) and some of the home runs looked like guys were taking batting practice up there (B.J. Upton comes to mind immediately).
  • The bullpen (Delcarmen, Okajima, Masterson and Papelbon) came through big time, holding the Rays down until the 11th, when a rusty Timlin came in and gave up the winning run.
  • The Sox hit four home runs last night (Youk, Bay and 2 by Pedroia), but they all came with the bases empty.
  • It seems like a wasted opportunity to score 8 runs and not get a win, but I can't say I'm unhappy to be going back to Fenway tied 1-1. Game 3 seems like a pitching mismatch for the Sox (Jon Lester vs. Matt Garza), so hopefully we can grab a win Monday afternoon and get the lead back in this series.
  • Big clicker action tonight with Dodgers-Phillies game 3 and Patriots-Chargers both on TV. This is a must win game for L.A., with them down 2-0 going in. Can Manny and his boys do it? I guess we'll see tonight.


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