Josh Beckett pitched his 4th quality start in a row since returning from the DL. He allowed 5 scattered hits and 3 runs in 6 IP. He walked 5, but also struck out 7 A’s.
Scott Atchison continues to be the solid bridge to Bard and/or Papelbon. He threw 2 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 3.62, the lowest this season for him since mid-April. He has allowed only 2 runs in his last 11 innings going all the way back to the 25th of August. Atchison, 33 yo, has been shuffling back and forth between AAA and the big leagues for most of his career. However, he did pitch in Japan in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 3 years with Seattle and San Francisco, he had a total of 68 IP, but in 2010, he has amassed 54.2 IP already.
The Red Sox had 9 hits, 3 from JD Drew. Ryan Kalish pinch-hit a single that scored 2 runs.
I have a question for our readers. I did not watch or listen to the game today. According to redsox.com, Papelbon struck out the side in order in the 9th. According to Game Day, he struck out Pennington, Crisp and Barton. Barton was then ejected from the game, and Papelbon went on to strike out Kurt Suzuki. The box score says Suzuki did not strike out. Can anybody help me out as to what happened in the bottom of the 9th?
Sox 5 Athletics 3 BOX SCORE
Sorry for asking readers for the 9th inning details, but I just found out a band mate was shot and killed in Costa Rica yesterday. RIP Steve. Now if you'll excuse me....