28 July 2009
See how happy everyone is when we score runs?
Josh Beckett improved to 7-0 at home this season with a dominating performance over the A's last night. Beckett fanned ten batters and allowed three run over seven solid innings. The league's best bullpen did the rest and the Sox won 8-3.
The pitching was nasty all night, but the real story here was the sudden explosion of offense. As we told you yesterday, Trevor Cahill was not going to shut out the Sox, but the Sox have only scored six and won, four times in the past 21 games. They've averaged just 4.4 runs per game over that span and if you take out the 15-9 game over KC, that number falls to 3.9 runs per game.
The Red Sox put up 14 hits last night and saw multi-hit games from Ellsbury (3-5), Pedroia (2-4), Drew (2-4) and new-comer Adam Laroche (2-4) who got the start at first so Mike Lowell could rest. Laroche has done exactly what the Sox had hoped he would since coming to Boston - spark the offense. He's 5 for 12 with two doubles, one ding dong and 3 RBI so far...
Jacoby has also come alive over the past few games and is now riding a four-game, muli-game hit streak in which he is 9 for 18 (.500) with 3 doubles and a triple. Having him hit like this is another welcome spark to the offense.
Bottom Line: We said Beckett would only need three to get the win... they gave him eight... and I'm fine with that.
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