Sox bats provide no run support for Beckett, lose 2-1 to Toronto

Josh Beckett (12-3) pitched well enough to earn his 13th win throwing for 8 innings, giving up seven hits, two runs, two walks, and eight strikeouts, but it was not enough as the Boston Red Sox (55-36) only pushed across one lone run as Blue Jays rookie starter Jesse Litsch kept the offense off balance and got out of some key jams.
Jeremy Accardo pitched the ninth inning for his 12th save of the season.
Boston had base runners in every inning excluding the fourth and ninth but did not score more than one run with their only run coming in the sixth inning on a David Ortiz RBI double.
Ortiz was later thrown out at home in the inning trying to score on an Eric Hinske single to right field as Jays right fielder Alex Rios made a perfect throw gunning it home in a bang-bang play.

Categories: Aaron Hill Alex Rios Coco Crisp David Ortiz Doug Mirabelli Eric Hinske Jason Phillips Jeremy Accardo Josh Beckett Julio Lugo Kevin Youkilis Manny Ramirez Toronto Blue Jays

8 Responses to “Sox bats provide no run support for Beckett, lose 2-1 to Toronto” Subscribe

  1. Dave B July 15, 2007 at 3:21 PM #

    What makes this worse is it's so predictable. It was a typical gutless performance. This may be the most talented team in baseball but this is getting old.

  2. Shawn Medeiros July 15, 2007 at 3:30 PM #

    Can't say enough about Beckett, but I agree totally sickening.

  3. Rick July 15, 2007 at 7:21 PM #

    At one point, Tito has to realize that when this team goes cold it goes polar. He has to start managing to manufacture runs when it becomes obvious that the bats are on holiday instead of waiting for the cavalry to come over the hill at the last minute.
    And speaking of smart managing, with Ortiz in scoring position with one out and operating on bad wheels, why wasn't a runner brought in for him at one point to improve the odds of a score?
    The team has to improve in more places than at the plate if we're going to go far this year. A 50/50 second half against quality contenders is a sure-fire ticket to a front row seat to watch someone else play for the pennant.

  4. sabes July 15, 2007 at 8:38 PM #

    i would argue his attempt at manufacturing runs in the 3rd was in fact one of his worst moves of the game. along with letting drew, pena, and tek sit on the bench in the ninth.
    wanting to pinch run for papi in the 6th inning is a total hindsight comment. such a small percentage of the time will that exact situation happen (hard single right at an outfielder who then makes a perfect throw to home) while a large percentage of the time you will still want ortiz coming to the plate once more in a close game.

  5. Mr. Furious July 16, 2007 at 6:47 AM #

    You can't pinch-run for Ortiz in the sixth inning. MAybe the eighth, but he will clearly come up again, and he only represented the tying run, not go-ahead.

  6. Remember Roger LaFra July 16, 2007 at 7:34 AM #

    I want to know why Ortiz, who must easily hiy 250 lbs., tried a fancy hand slide around Zaun instead of dropping his shoulder and laying him out. It would have provided some spark, put a little question mark in Zaun's mind for every play the rest of the year. and probably would have sent the ball flying. He just needs to keep that elbow pad on, and put in the catchers face. That is part of the game, and could have given them some serious momentum. Greenwell would have done it, Mo, Trot, Tek, Kapler, Why not Papi?

  7. sabes July 16, 2007 at 9:02 AM #

    didn't he f up his shoulder last time he tried for a collision at home?

  8. Remember Roger LaFrancois? July 16, 2007 at 11:34 AM #

    I want to know why Ortiz, who must easily hiy 250 lbs., tried a fancy hand slide around Zaun instead of dropping his shoulder and laying him out. It would have provided some spark, put a little question mark in Zaun’s mind for every play the rest of the year. and probably would have sent the ball flying. He just needs to keep that elbow pad on, and put in the catchers face. That is part of the game, and could have given them some serious momentum. Greenwell would have done it, Mo, Trot, Tek, Kapler, Why not Papi?