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Game 89 recap: A net gain for our fair city!

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Highest WPA: Mike Aviles, .265
Lowest WPA: Jacoby Ellsbury, -.127

A day after an irritating loss two pitchers who were absolute nails last season continued what have been fairly disappointing 2012 campaigns. The difference between the two was that after a bad 1st inning, Josh Beckett turned back into the pitcher we used to know and love, and James Shields stayed in trouble pretty much throughout the game. Tied into the fifth, Shields allowed a solo home run to Daniel Nava and then loaded the bases before Will Middlebrooks single home two runs to put the Sox up permanently. Despite a four-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Alfredo Aceves managed to make it interesting by somehow loading the bases with two out and then ending it on a Hideki Matsui flyout that almost reached the warning track.

After the game,  Beckett attributed his shaky beginning to “flu medication,” claiming that he felt “zapped” in the first inning.  Why the team let him on the field when he was experiencing “borderline blackout periods” on the mound is completely beyond me. He recovered and didn’t die in the middle of Tropicana Field, so at least he hasn’t been killed by the team medical staff. Yet. At any rate today’s win means that the Red Sox kicked off the post All-Star break portion of the season by winning a series on the road against a division rival and a playoff contender. With at least a playoff spot still realistic, that’s something to be happy about.


  1. July 16, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    What did you want them to do? It’s not like Jon Lester’s just been sitting on his thumbs for a week or anythi–oh.

    Anyway Beckett looked good once he settled in, the offense finally started looking a bit like the Red Sox’ offense (Ellsbury even had three hits, which was nice), and Carl Crawford (who I’ve decided is going to turn back into a great player through sheer force of my willpower) is back tomorrow. Is that…optimism? From me? I think I need to go sit down.

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