Red Sox - 040 001 010 - 6 11 2***
Phillies - 100 040 60x - 11 14 2
Josh Beckett (3.77, 125 ERA+) / J.A. Happ (2.98, 145 ERA+)
wmtc4 was a huge success, I slept in till 11:30, there is afternoon baseball, the Red Sox are 3 GA in the East and the weather will remain gorgeous for many evening hours of patio relaxation. Perfect.
Since the end of April, Beckett has a 1.70 ERA in seven straight quality starts; in the one game he was tagged with a loss, he allowed one unearned run in eight innings. Over his last four starts, his ERA is a paltry 0.31, with opposing batters hitting [sic] .115/.198/.167.
Happ started the year in the bullpen, but his last four appearances have been starts (log). In those starts: 23.2 innings, 17 hits, 9 walks, 17 strikeouts, 4 home runs allowed, .205/.298/.410.
Jacoby Ellsbury, hitting in the #2 spot last night, homered, singled, walked three times, and stole a base. He's hitting .367/.472/.500 in June. ... A Julio Lugo impersonator went 4-for-5 last night, with two doubles.
Brad Penny, on Joe Girardi's comment that Penny hit Alex Rodriguez intentionally on Thursday night:
I don't care what he thinks. ... We don't go back and say they hit us intentionally. We've got games to worry about ... He needs to worry about managing ... I think he's just frustrated that we have a good team and a good lineup. ... And they called the commissioner's office. Come on.John_W_Henry:
Hope I didn't hurt Mark's feelings!