Game 6 of the ALCS
Apologies for my late entry. At least I was here for the start of the game, unlike TBS. I haven’t read the comments section yet, but I imagine you folks were a little, uh, perturbed.
Top of the sixth: What a wild game. Who among you called the Jason Varitek home run after the captain had started the series in an 0-for-14 spell? That error by Jason Bartlett was a killer for the Rays. And David Ortiz, who is finding his rhythm in this series just in time, just poked his bat out there and stuck the ball into right for an RBI single to make it 4-2.
Bottom of the fifth: Beckett looks like he’s laboring now. His velocity is down to 88-90. He gives up game-tying solo homer to Bartlett, who had hit one home run all year. He reached back and blew a 93-mph heater by Iwamura to get out of the inning.
Top of the fourth: This night has truly been bizarre. First, there’s no TV for the first inning and now it appears home plate umpire Deryl Cousins has bowed out of the game because of a health issue. It might have been a foul tip by Jason Varitek a couple of innings ago. At any rate, we’re in a delay. Delay is over. Here comes Tim McLelland.
Bottom of the third. Beckett still looking sharp, but a backdoor curve
hit the No. 9 hitter, Jason Bartlett with one out. Josh said a couple
of naughty words in a shocker. Huge out by Beckett after falling 3-0 to
Iwamura and Upton looming to get back into the count and get him on a
popup. Great sequence with Upton. Beckett really had him mixed up
between the heat and the soft stuff. Finally got him on a curve, with
Upton tapping weakly back to the box.
Top of the third. Boy, Shields really looked wobbly. He’s up to 69
pitches. The Red Sox were a big hit away from giving themselves a
little breathing room, but couldn’t quite get it.
Bottom of the second inning:Beckett looked much sharper. And his offspeed stuff looks great.
Top of the second inning: Huge for Youk to hit the equalizer there and quiet down the cowbells. Jason Varitek came up in a big spot and you’d have to think he’d get a hit sooner or later in the series, but not that time.
Bottom of the first inning. I think everyone was looking to see a sharp Beckett, so it was a bit of a concern that the ridiculously hot B.J. Upton took him to the C-ring catwalk. But Josh Beckett settled down and Jed Lowrie went into the hole to make the exact 6-4-3 double play that he bobbled in Game 1 against the Angels.
Observations from first inning. Great idea by Coco Crisp to start the game with a bunt, but getting picked off there? Ouch.
OK, back later.