It Josh Beckett pitches this way all throughout the playoffs, you might just be able to turn the lights out and say ‘forget it’ for every other team in the final 8. This is what he looked like back in 2004, when I was in my dorm room watching him win World Series MVP in defeating the Yankees.
9 innings, 4 hits allowed and 8 strikeouts. The Red Sox jumped out to an early lead with a Kevin Youkilis homerun, and added to it with a David Ortiz homerun around Pesky’s Pole. The Angels didn’t have a chance tonight. Beckett was absolutely dominating for the Beantowners. His 3rd postseason shutout, he is now tied with Whitey Ford for having the second most all time, one behind Christy Mathewson. The shutout represented the first for the Red Sox in the playoffs since Luis Tiant did it to the Cincinnati Reds in 1975.
Cubs-Dbacks coming up. Two good games in the books for today, with the big Indians-Yanks series coming tomorrow.