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Beleaguered Josh Beckett combines on shutout of Mariners

May 15, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

Josh Beckett

Josh Beckett‘s critics will have to stand down for a few days: the occasional golfer and devourer of fried chicken blanked the Mariners for seven innings and struck out nine in Boston’s 5-0 victory Tuesday.

It was actually Beckett’s fifth quality start in seven tries this season. His other two outings were pretty spectacularly bad (he gave up five homers to the Tigers in his season debut and seven runs in 2 1/3 innings to the Indians last week), but he’s been good more often than not despite dealing with diminished velocity.

Beckett allowed just four hits in this one, though the Mariners did make a couple of bids for homers. Justin Smoak hit a drive over the wall in right in the second inning that appeared to be foul, though replay was inconclusive. The umpires ruled it foul and then went to the replay before standing by the call. In the sixth, Kyle Seager hit a ball to deep right with two men on. It would have been a homer in a few parks, but in Fenway, it was just a long out.

Beckett is now 3-4 with a 4.97 ERA this season. The Red Sox have won five in a row to improve to 17-19.

  1. offseasonblues - May 15, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    His fan, however, is encouraged.

  2. mybrunoblog - May 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Beckett upset with some Boston reporters after the game yelled “Fore”. He then ignored reporters while doing some light putting on the clubhouse carpet with his Billy Beru.

    • Ben - May 15, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      I heard he actually used a fried chicken leg as a putter

  3. henryd3rd - May 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Why are folks acting like this was a great accomplishment? It’s the Mariners folks and I wouldn’t get too worked up about this outing; because they are one of the worst teams in MLB

    • sdpaulson - May 15, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      I would be impressed if it were the Rangers or any team in their division….. the M’s? Nah….. now what was the name of the guy that pitched the perfect game against the M’s?

    • pensfan603 - May 16, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      If you look at history beckett always does great the game after a bad performance, example the game after he let up 6 home runs to the Tigers he had a good start. I think his performance next game will be way more important.

  4. mornelithe - May 15, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    I’ll start being hopeful, if he can manage it twice in a row. One game isn’t really a big help when it’s a 162 game season.

  5. baseballisboring - May 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    It’s easy to look good against the Mariners, but he did look pretty sharp today. If him and Buchholz can get going this becomes a dangerous team again.

  6. aceshigh11 - May 15, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Nice outing against a fairly weak-hitting team.

    String together 4-5 starts against good teams like that, and then talk to us.

  7. jimeejohnson - May 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Don’t let him Texas con you: the Mariners are Major League Baseball’s punching bag!

  8. pastabelly - May 15, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Get his trade value up and deal him. He still pollutes that clubhouse.

    • baseballisboring - May 16, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      Good to have an insider’s perspective on that.

  9. titknocker - May 15, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    couple more starts like this and every boston fan & member of the media with the exception of michael felger will be all over this guys jock again.

  10. pisano - May 15, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    I don’t care if he throws a perfect game, he’s a cancer and a total pos.

  11. mmason0071 - May 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Don’t make fun of our Mariner’s, they’re on the way up. Just the other day they scored one whole run.

  12. bigleagues - May 16, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    Here’s how ugly some Red Sox fans mentality has become . . . there are those of us who want Beckett to pitch well in order to establish trade value. And short of his oblong frame somehow pitching deep into October (it’s been 4 seasons, so have to assume not likely to happen), we do not want to see him in a Boston uniform come end of season.

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