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Red Sox Win Series Opener in a Shootout, 13-12

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It'd be impossible to recap the whole offense in this game. Suffice it to say, there was a lot.

It'd be equally impossible to recap all the pitching in this game. Suffice it to say, there was a lot--but very little of it was any good.

There are some standouts, though. Like the top of the order (Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia, and Kevin Youkilis), which went a combined 9-15, and the 6-7 combo of Adrian Beltre and Jason Varitek who each went 3-5. And Manny Delcarmen, Daniel Bard, and Jonathan Papelbon, who did not allow a baserunner in 4 innings.

On the other hand, 2 pitching performances stand out as remarkably bad. Josh Beckett allowed 8 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in just 3 innings, and Hideki Okajima was completely ineffective for a second straight night, allowing 2 runs without recording an out.

The Sox will need a long outing from Buchholz to save an exhausted bullpen tomorrow night.

Game Notes:

  • The Red Sox stranded 10 men on base--Mike Lowell played a role in 8 of them.
  • As Ed Price tweeted, Beckett's awful start is nearly identical to his April in 2009.
  • Remarkably, the Red Sox committed 0 errors in a 12-run game. Though Bill Hall didn't exactly light the world on fire out there.
  • Kevin Youkilis was erroneously called out at home in the first inning, cutting short the scoring at 1 run that inning.
  • Is this the first game where the Sox stole more than their opposition? 2 steals for Dustin Pedroia, 0 for the Blue Jays. If we're looking for a replacement catcher, don't look at John Buck, who also had a dropped ball at the plate costing a run.