Beckett Shuts Out Yanks Again

Another night, another loss, another quiet game for the bats.  Josh Beckett once again had it going on and led the Red Sox to a 6-0 win.  This is the first time the Yankees were shut out by the Sox twice in a season since 2000.  Anyway, it’s going to be a busy day so I’ll do this quickly with bullet points:

(ESPN)

  • CC Sabathia did what he has done all season: keep the Yanks in the game.  He allowed a 2-run double to Jacoby Ellsbury in the fifth and then in the seventh, an RBI single from Jason Varitek and a knife-in-the-coffin 3-run shot from Adrian Gonzalez.  His final line would be 6.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 116 pitches (66 strikes).
  • David Robertson and Luis Ayala came on and were scoreless for the last 2.1 innings.
  • Josh Beckett was very good again going 6 IP allowing four hits and striking out 9.
  • The lineup was shaken up a little bit with Russell Martin batting sixth, Brett Gardner behind him, then Nick Swisher, and then before he pulled himself from the lineup Jorge Posada in the nine spot.
  • The middle three in the lineup combined to go 0-for-11 and Curtis Granderson once again has the only multi-hit of the game in the lineup.  Also, the team went 0-for-10 with RISP.  No shocker there, but I still expect more.

So obviously tonight’s game is very important.  They can’t get swept at home against Boston.  Also, if Boston wins tonight, they will be the .500 mark finally.  Make sure you tune into this very important game tonight with the first pitch at 8:05 on ESPN.

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