Game 118: Beckett shelled, offense wins it? Wait. The offense?


Final - 8.18.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 4 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 10 12 0
Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 2 0 9 13 1
WP: Hideki Okajima (4 - 0)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (29)
LP: Casey Janssen (2 - 4)

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Editor's Note: Better late than never. I was all hopped up on Benadryl from a day full of allergies.

Welcome to Bizzaro World. Where up is down, black is white, Beckett is bad and offense is good.

Beckett went 5.1 innings and gave up 7 runs, definitely one of his worst outings of the year. Normally, that would result in a loss. But Beckett got lucky because the offense was there and bailed him out, beating the Jays, 10-9.

But the offense was the story: the good story. David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury led the charge, both with two hits and three RBIs. Ortiz had a home run as well as Jason Bay. Victor Martinez also had two hits. Bay and Nick Green scored two runs apiece.

This one was pretty scary, though. With the Sox holding on to a 7-3, that's when Beckett broke. The Jays tied the game and it was one of those here-we-go-again moments. But the Sox scored three in the 8th to go up 10-7. Daniel Bard gave up two runs (Jonathan Papelbon allowed them in, though), but the Sox were able to hold on for the win.

Although Beckett got hit hard, this was a good game because the offense actually came to play. These are the type of games that the best teams win: when the ace is horrible, but is bailed out somehow. The Sox need to win games like these (of course, we don't want Beckett to get shelled...) but win the easier ones, too.

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