Unlucky at the start, mistake-prone in the second inning, and utterly baffling throughout, Josh Beckett turned in another head-scratcher Friday night against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. At times flashing the dominance that once made him an ace, and also experiencing the early-inning hardships that have plagued him this season, Beckett took the loss, his fourth in his past seven outings. And, as it has been all season, the first inning was Beckett's biggest demon in the Red Sox' 6-1 defeat. After striking out leadoff batter Anthony Gose, things unraveled. Colby Rasmus golfed a curveball to deep right for a triple, and scored when Edwin Encarnacion grounded to third. The close play at home was inconsequential in hindsight, but it nonetheless sparked another rough early start for Beckett.
Early innings haunt Beckett
Boston Globe | Jul 21