How do you spell: fantastic? B-E-C-K-E-T-T. Josh Beckett was money yesterday in a huge win for the Red Sox. Beckett looks like he has finally found his groove. He went 7 innings, struck out 8, allowed two hits, one run and walked 0. He struck out Ichiro Suzuki three times.
Rivalries were reborn when Brendan Donnelly struck out Jose Guillen. He was ejected for afterwards for nailing a batter, but his 0.1 inning was solid, huh? Hideki Okajima finished off the inning with a strikeout. Mike Timlin made his 2007 debut and struggled: 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and 1 strikeout.
The whole lineup was obviously great after a 14 run outburst, but Jason Varitek broke his slump and went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and a walk. JD Drew hit his first home run as a Sox, scored a run and knocked in 3. Kevin Youkilis went 3-for-4 with 2 runs and an RBI.
No errors are always a great thing.
Winner: Beckett. He deserves "The Mueller" for this one.
Winner: Timlin. He struggled and we have to ask: Are you really healthy, Mr. Timlin?
[editor's note, by Allen Chace] Also me, Allen, for owning a laptop whose battery died before I could put up a timely Open Thread yesterday.