On Friday, Josh Beckett took the hill against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched well, but Ricky Romero was just a little, tiny bit better.
Beckett: 7 IP, 10 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 2 BB's, 4 K's
Romero: 6 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned, 3 BB's, 4 K's
Okajima finished the game pitching 2 scoreless innings. Oki has made 10 appearances since coming back from the DL. In those 10 games, he has pitched 8.2 innings, and given up only 1 run, while trimming his previously horrible ERA 5.85 down to 4.65, a little more respectable.
The Jays needed 4 relief pitchers to finish up the last 3 innings. Ryan Kalish singled in the bottom of the 9th. Victor Martinez was at the plate when Toronto's Gregg tossed a change up into the dirt. Just as he had been taught, Kalish took an agressive secondary lead hoping that the ball would get away from catcher Molina. Molina was able to quickly snap the ball up and fire it off to 1B to pick off Kalish. Martinez then raked a triple, which would have tied the score had Kalish still been on first base. It was just one of those weird situaions. Kalish did what he was supposed to do, but unfortunately the ball took a bounce in Molina's favor.
Sox 3 Jays 4 BOX SCORE
Jon Lester made a statement from the mound today regarding his potential Cy Young award candidacy. He walked 4, gave up 4 hits and no runs in 7 IP. Atchison logged another scoreless inning as did rookie Coello, as the Sox cruised to a 4-0 win today. Victor Martinex hit his 18th HR of the season and JD Drew hit his 19th homer of the season.
Sox 4 Jays 0 BOX SCORE