The Red Sox staved off elimination in Game 5 of the ALCS last night, winning 7-1 over the Indians despite a lackluster effort from Josh Beckett, who gave up an early lead by allowing a first-inning run, then headed for the showers after the 8th inning, apparently content that victory was in hand. Lazy bum. Beckett's numbers for the night: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 11 K. That brings him to 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA this October, and his career playoff ERA is now 1.78.
That would be pretty impressive if numbers weren't so damn boring. But Beckett showed plenty of fire throughout, exchanging words with
Vinny Testaverde Kenny Lofton in a near bench-clearing scuffle in the fifth inning (Awful Announcing has video). Lofton was pulled back by teammates before breaking a hip, and quickly put to bed. Damn kids today got no respect, I tell ya.
Finally — and this is going to shock you — Manny Ramirez was terrific in the batter's box but didn't give his full effort outside of it. Oh, I know: I was just as shocked as you. But it's true. Man-Ram doubled in the first inning but was thrown out at home to end the inning when he failed to slide. And with two outs in the third, Ramirez muscled an opposite-field fly ball that caromed off the top of the wall in right-center, but his lazy gait left him with a 390-foot single. On the other hand, that single scored the go-ahead run, so shut the fuck up, Boston fans.
Game 6 is Saturday at Fenway.