Sunday, May 29, 2011

Beckett's Shaky Start Enough For Verlander as Tigers Beat Red Sox


Tigers 3 Red Sox 0
Winning Pitcher: Justin Verlander (5-3)
Losing Pitcher: Josh Beckett (4-2)
Save: Jose Valverde (12)

Josh Beckett was shaky early in the second half of today's double header, and it proved costly as the Red Sox couldn't muster a run against the dominant Justin Verlander. After the Red Sox went down without a run in the top of the first, Beckett came out and struck out the first batter he saw. However, he followed that up with a walk, and then a scorched RBI double from Brennan Boesch, which was followed by an RBI base hit from Miguel Cabrera, and the 2-0 lead for Detroit would be plenty for their ace, Velander. Although he avoided allowing more runs in the second, he walked two batters, giving him three through the first two innings. This brought his pitch total up around 50 after just two innings. He was able to settle down after this, though, and both teams struggled to find any semblance of an offense for the majority of the game. Beckett was eventually pulled after throwing 107 pitches in 6 innings, in which he allowed just the 2 runs on 5 hits and a season-high 5 walks, while also striking out, you guessed it, 5 batters. Rich Hill came on for one inning of relief, and shut the Detroit lineup down 1-2-3 in impressive fashion. The story of the game, however, was Justin Verlander, who went 7.2 shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks, while striking out three. He threw 132 pitches to do this, but he didn't lose his velocity, as his final pitch was clocked at 100 mph. Scott Atchison pitched the 8th for the Sox, and gave up a run. However, the run wouldn't matter, as they were shut down in the night by Tigers closer Jose Valverde, and failed to sweep the four game series in Detroit. 

The Red Sox return home tomorrow night to take on the White Sox at 7:10 PM ET. Boston sends their ace Jon Lester (7-1 3.36) to the mound against former Padres ace, Jake Peavy (1-0 3.00 {stats come in just three starts}).   

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