New Season, old Josh Beckett. For the third straight outing, Josh Beckett. pitched brilliantly. This time throwing eight innings of three hit ball, striking out three and walking two. Behind the plate calling the signals was his trustworthy catcher, Jason Varitek.
Beckett didn’t allow a base runner until a fourth inning walk to Macir Izturis. He pitched five no hit innings until Erick Aybar‘s infield single to lead off the sixth. Even though, he only walked two, it was the walk to Bobby Abreu that came back to haunt him in the bottom of the seventh. The next batter Torii Hunter drilled a 3-1 pitch into the right field seats for a game tying two run homer. Beckett threw 125 pitches, one shy of his personal record while walking away with the no decision in a Red Sox 4-2 win. Only showing that he is completely healthy again and a healthy Beckett is a winning Beckett.
Are you like me and wonder when this bubble is going to burst? Or is this the sign of things to come this season? The swagger is back and so are his pitches. Two things very needed and sorely missed for the past couple of years
There have been some great duos in years past, Abbot and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Batman and Robin, the Red Sox have Beckett and Varitek. At least for one more year.