41-24: Rockies deal Beckett first loss
June 15, 2007 4 Comments
The Colorado Rockies beat the Red Sox last night, 7-1, taking two contests in the three game series. The loss was the first of the year for Boston starter Josh Beckett (9-1), who suffered his worst outing of 2007 last night.
Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins hit a grand slam off Beckett in the third inning, and another home run by Matt Holliday in the 4th put Colorado ahead early to stay. Beckett has avoid the long ball well this year, but he was the 2006 version of himself in this one.
Lefty Jeff Francis (6-5), who’s been hot lately, silenced the Red Sox bats for five innings, and the Rockies bullpen finished the job. With the offense putting along as it has been, that didn’t take much. The top of the Red Sox lineup has been struggling, and it sported a different look last night, with J.D. Drew hitting leadoff and Dustin Pedroia in the two hole, but the results were, unfortunately, far short of spectacular. The two were a combined 1-10 on the night, with no walks.
I’d still like to see what these two are capable of atop the order, and applaud Tito for trying something, ANYTHING, to break the Sox out of their extended scoring slump. The team is 5-8 thus far in June, having scored 5 runs or more in only four of those games and only once since June 4. Let’s get all the bad baseball out of the way right now, and be the good Sox the rest of the way, what do you say, guys?
Meanwhile, the Yankees won their ninth straight, drawing within 7 1/2 games. I’m not jumping overboard yet, but it sure would make me feel more comfortable if they would lose once in a while. The key to their revival? Good pitching plus the waking up of Bobby Abreu.