April 19, 2006

G15: Red Sox 9, Devil Rays 1

Devil Rays - 000 010 000 - 1  7  4
Red Sox - 107 010 00x - 9 9 0

Ah, there's that laugher we were all hoping (waiting) for.

Twelve Red Sox batters came to the plate in the third inning -- taking advantage of five hits (two from Kevin Youkilis) and two errors -- and turning a 1-0 lead into a 8-0 bulge.

Curt Schilling looked a little less effective than in his previous three starts, but still posted a 6-6-1-1-7 line and went to 4-0 for the first time in his career. The relief trio of Rudy Seanez, Julian Tavarez and Keith Foulke pitched three innings, allowing only one hit and striking out five Tampa hitters.

At 11-4, Boston has the best record in the major leagues.


Jackie said...

Technically, Schill has been 4-0 twice before, but this is the first time he's won four consecutive games. The other two times there were some no decisions mixed in.

I wouldn't have known this if the AP article on today's game hadn't mentioned it.

Peter N said...

I wonder if Beckett has ever won his first 4 starts. We'll find out around 11pm Friday night. First things first. Another good start for timmy.

redsock said...

Thanks, JHC. I didn't even really want to include that, because I think a W-L record tells us very little about a pitcher's success.

Curt could get a W even if he struggled through 5 innings and allowed 8 runs, as long as the Sox bats went wild. And he could get a L even if he allowed zero runs. (Are you listening, Joe Morgan?)

Sounds like the right phrase should have been: "received a win in each of his first four starts for the first time in his career".

Impressive, but flukey.

BlackJack said...

peter n - Becket had never been 3-0 before, so I think it's safe to say that he's never won his first 4 starts either. :)

redsock said...

Wait. He couldn't get a loss with 0 runs allowed. Change that to 1 run!

Jackie said...

I don't think W-L is particularly telling, either; I was just in a nitpicky mood. I'm much more impressed with Schill's/Beckett's ERAs, WHIP and SLG (they're in the top ten of all three categories).