A Much Needed Victory.

It was a pretty good way to open Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary season. 12-2 over the Rays.

I really have to give Josh Beckett credit. His locations were a bit shaky during the first two innings but he settled down quickly and threw a solid game. He didn’t have a strikeout until the 8th, and was replaced by Melancon in the 9th, but you can’t argue with the results. Only one run allowed  vs the five home runs he allowed in his first start.

Bobby V looked like a genius playing Kelly Shoppach today. Shoppach helped Beckett through eight successful innings and had a great day in his own right: 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBI. He also invented the Shoppach Slide:

The Shoppach Slide!

Not pretty. Looks like how I used to slide in little league…

It is also reassuring to see Youkilis starting to swing a good bat. He went 2-4 today, scored a run, and drove in 3. I guess its easier to get into the groove back at home in Fenway.

But, then there is the bad news…

Jacoby Ellsbury collided with Reid Brignac at second and possibly dislocated his right shoulder when Brignac came down on it. It looked really painful and the Red Sox haven’t elaborated on it beyond ‘shoulder injury’. Hopefully it is just sprain or something but it could mean some serious time on the DL for Ellsbury. If that’s the case the outfield will be without a marquis player until Crawford gets back.

The word pyrrhic comes to mind…