Beckett sharp; Ortiz razzes Pedroia
Josh Beckett is ultra-locked in this spring. When he had a bases loaded, one-out jam in the fourth and got out of it by getting John Mayberry, Jr. on a 5-4-3 double play, the righty pumped his fist like it was Game 5 of the 2007 ALCS in Cleveland. There have been nothing but positive developments from the ace all spring. The latest was five shutout innings, one walk and two strikeouts. Beckett threw 75 pitches, 45 for strikes.
The comedic moment of the afternoon took place in the fifth, when Dustin Pedroia lined a double down the right field line and David Ortiz followed with a towering double that one-hopped the wall in right. Now, typically a double scores a guy on second. But Pedroia had to hesitate for a minute to make sure the ball wasn’t caught. And third base coach DeMarlo Hale was undoubtedly being conservative because Pedroia was just in his second game back from that abdominal strain.
At any rate, Pedroia stopped at third, and Ortiz kiddingly gave him a hard time for not getting him an RBI. As Ortiz stood at second, he laughed and looked at Pedroia while mimmicking his legs going up and down. Pedroia thought it was funny. Those two guys are always on each other, and it’s always very humorous.