Tag:Josh Beckett
Posted on: August 24, 2009 12:13 am

Adios, Cy Young

Josh Beckett sucked again tonight.  Kiss that Cy Young goodbye, because it's likely going to CC Sabathia and his legion of Yankees sycophants.

In other news, the Astros sucked today too.  They made an effort to come back, but Bud Norris' second bad start doomed them to a loss unless they put up a bunch of runs.  They had five, but the damage had been done.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 18, 2009 11:46 pm

Beckett Fails in First Chance to Get #15

Josh Beckett had his first chance to get win #15, but just gave up too many runs tonight.

David Ortiz and Jason Bay hit home runs; Ortiz also scored the game-winning run.

In other news, I personally went to Minute Maid tonight to watch the Astros play the Marlins.  The Astros lost 6-2 and allowed Ricky Nolasco to throw a complete game.  Other than that, it was a lot of fun.  I was in section 124, row 13...so if any of you people were there tonight, give a shout-out.

I gotta say, Minute Maid is really cool.  I wish I had gone to a Red Sox game in Fenway so I'd have something to compare it to.  Oops.
Posted on: August 12, 2009 11:03 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2009 10:37 pm

Big Bats Crush the Opposition

The Red Sox had another strong night at the plate against Tigers starter Zach Miner.  Mike Lowell hit another home run in relief of the suspended Kevin Youkilis, Jason Bay hit a two-run shot as well.

Josh Beckett was pretty impressive again, throwing seven strong innings.  He gave up three hits, two runs, and struck out six.

In other news, the Astros put up 14 runs on Florida and finally won a game at LandShark, 14-6.  Hunter Pence hit two home runs; Lance Berkman and LaTroy Hawkins came back; Bud Norris started, and while he wasn't great, he was adequate.  He's still 3-0, though, so not much to complain about.
Posted on: August 1, 2009 11:05 pm

Beckett Gets 13th Win, V. Martinez Starts at 1B

Josh Beckett continued his season of excellence, throwing seven shutout innings tonight in Baltimore.  He's now 13-4 on the season.

Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis hit solo homers, Victor Martinez drove in a run and got his first hit for the team, and Rocco Baldelli had a run-scoring double.  All in all, a good night for the Red Sox.

In other news, the Astros continued to have bad luck with the injury bug.  Tonight Wandy Rodriguez was the latest victim, leaving his start after four innings with a strained hamstring.  With this injury, the Astros now have no good starters remaining healthy.  Bud Norris starts tomorrow, his first in the major leagues.

Also, according to the FS Houston team, Yorman Bazardo has no options and is not on the 40-man roster.  This makes it unlikely that he'll be filling in for Wandy, leaving Felipe Paulino the only other fill-in option.  This is not good news, as Paulino was particularly bad in his few starts.  The team decided between Paulino and Russ Ortiz back in June and picked Ortiz.  Now Ortiz is gone and Paulino will likely be heading back into the rotation.

It's unlikely that the addition of Paulino and Norris will reverse the team's current slide.  Paulino has not shown himself to be the answer on a consistent basis.  He brings the team down, more often than not.

Norris is a rookie, so I'm not expecting much in his first go-round.  We've seen pitchers come up recently that haven't done much of anything.  Hirsh, Buchholz, Astacio, and Wandy Rodriguez are names that come up.  Of that group, only Wandy is still around, because he improved sufficiently to guarantee himself a spot in the rotation (though to be honest, the only reason that is is because they still haven't found a left-handed pitcher with enough talent to replace him).
Category: MLB
Posted on: July 28, 2009 11:49 am

Extra Innings Granny Crushes Astros

Last night, Alfonso Soriano hit a grand slam off of Chris Sampson in the 13th inning to win the game for the Cubs, 5-1.

Sampson had pitched well, but in the 13th inning the wheels came off.  He looked like he was tired; he loaded the bases and then allowed the grand slam that ended it.

I suppose it's good that the game didn't go on longer.  But it sucks that such a winnable game got away.

In other news, Josh Beckett is 12-4 after a dominating seven inning, 10 K performance last night against Oakland.  He continues to be the team's ace and has kept his momentum going post-All Star Break.
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