Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Beckett Hurt as Red Sox Lose in 11

Darren Calabrese AP

Blue Jays 1 Red Sox 0
Winning Pitcher: Shawn Camp (3-3)
Losing Pitcher: Dan Wheeler (2-2)

Not only did the Red Sox lose for the fifth time in their past seven games, but they also lost their ace. Coming off of three straight wins and three straight six inning outings, Josh Beckett pitched well in the time he did pitch in Monday night's loss at the hands of the Blue Jays. Before leaving the game with an injury, Beckett lasted 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk, while striking out six. His fastball was maxing in around 95 MPH, and he caused four whifs on the pitch. It was by far his best pitch of the night, with his four-seamer registering a linear weight of -1.1893. In the fourth inning, with Brett Lawrie at the plate, Beckett complained of a pain in his ankle after two pitches. After getting it looked at, Beckett walked back to the dugout with the trainers. After the game, Beckett said it had nothing to do with falling during warmups, as he didn't feel anything until those last two pitches. Today, Terry Francona has indicated Beckett will likely miss his next start. This could be an issue for the Red Sox, as Bedard is also missing his next start due to a knee injury. Any long-term damage for Beckett would be potentially fatal for this Red Sox team.
In typical fashion, it was Alfredo Aceves who came out of the bullpen after the started left prematurely. Aceves ended up pitching 3.2 innings, making it his sixth straight scoreless outings when going three or more innings. Once again, playing a big role in that long relief spot. After Daniel Bard combined for 2.2 scoreless, one-hit innings, Dan Wheeler came on for the 11th. After retiring the first two batters, Lawrie stepped back to the plate. Lawrie sent the ball to the center field bleachers, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 walk off victory. It was Lawrie's, a top prospect in Toronto's system, first career walk off, and his eighth career homer. 

The Red Sox and Blue Jays continue their series tonight at 7:07 PM ET. Boston will send Jon Lester (14-6 3.05) to the mound against Toronto's Luis Perez (3-2 3.77).   

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