Dustin Pedroia and Carl Crawford celebrate together in extra innings. (AP Photo)
The Red Sox won their second game on the road last night, outlasting the Angels 4-2 in extra innings. A starting pitcher again pitched a phenomenal game for the Sox (that's six in a row), and for awhile there, it looked like Josh Beckett might throw a no hitter. I was proud of my buddy Josh when he texted me "Crap" at 11:57pm, just after Erick Aybar got the dinky first hit of the night for the Angels. Josh and I were together with Kris when Lester threw his no-hitter, and we, like most fans, pay close attention to the zero's on the board when a pitcher's really grooving. I root for a no-hitter every Red Sox game I watch, and it's always good to know others are too.
Last night was the third great start in a row for Beckett who is now sporting a nifty 1.93 ERA while opponents are hitting just .138 against him. For the time being he's reclaimed the status as the Red Sox Resident Ace, and he's really helped set the standard for the rest of the staff, especially after they all were struggling early on. Competition between the starters is ideal, and when they're all pitching decent, you can begin to understand why expectations were so high going into this year for the Sox.
Situational hitting is still the sketchiest part of the Red Sox game though, and much like Lackey's quality start was spoiled a couple of nights ago, it looked like Beckett may face a similar fate. An astounding 15 runners were left on base last night as the Sox continually squandered the opportunity to put the game out of reach. The silver lining here is that they're getting guys on base, and that's eventually going to translate into a lot of runs. All ended well though, as Adrian Gonzalez hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the top of 11th inning, ending a great sports night for Boston, where earlier in the night the Bruins won an improbable game in Montreal to even up their first round series at 2-2 in an overtime game of their own. The Boston Sports orgy continues tonight with Jon Lester and the Sox continueing to take on the Angels, while Paul Pierce and the Celtics battle the Knicks. Once again, it's looking to be a mighty fine time to be a Boston sports fan.