What Beckett needs to do is get his fastball over for a strike on the first pitch. Once he falls behind 2-0 or 3-1, he tries throwing a fastball middle-in every time, and some lucky fan eating a hotdog on the other side of the green monster gets a souvenir (and a concussion).
I’ll begin the analysis in the top of the second.
Top 2 Yankees get two: homer by Bernie Williams, double by Damon. Why does Javy Lopez insist on calling for pitches on the corner on a 2-0 count? Beckett keeps missing by a fraction, falling behind, and then throwing a fastball right down the middle on 3-1 or 2-0.
Bottom 2 Javy grounds into a double play to end the inning. He is quickly closing in on the leauge leaders in that category.
Top 3 Beckett proves unable to hit the mit with consistency. He gives up another run, and throws 23 pitches. That makes 63 through 3.
Bottom 3 1-2-3 go the Red Sox. Through 3 innings, Randy Johnson: no runs, no hits, 1 walk 29 pitches. Josh Beckett: 3 runs, 4 hits, 4 walks, 63 pitches.
Top 4 1-2-3 inning. Beckett only throws 9 pitches. Of the 19 batters he has faced, 6 have received first pitch strikes.
Bottom 4 With one out, a couple of walks brings up Manny. On a 2-1 count, Manny hits a 3 run homer. Two batters later, Pena gets an RBI single. Kapler grounds into a double play to end the inning, but the Sox score 4 times to take a 4-3 lead.
Top 4 A-Rod hits an RBI double on a chopper over Lowell. Posada beats out a near double play as a run scores. 5-4 Yankees. Beckett throws almost 100 pitches through 5 innings. Lopez still ******* out as the Sox catcher. He allows Jorge Posada to steal WITHOUT A THROW. The Red Sox pitcher’s ERA has gone up nearly a run since the loss of Veritek. And Yankee fans continue to complain about Matsui and Sheffield, when their replacements (Melky and Abreu) are hitting about as good as them.
Bottom 4 Two walks and Johnson is gone. Loretta bunts the runners over. Ortiz hits a sac-fly to tie the game.
Top 5 With two on, Beckett walks two batters, and leaves. Delcarmen comes in and walks A-Rod, no thanks to Javy who sets up on the corner on a 2-0 pitch. A triple for Posada makes it 10-5.
Comments will cease now, as the Yankees take all hope away from Red Sox Nation.