The Stat Line Of The Night – 07/12/09 – Josh Beckett
Total Pro Sports – On the final day of games before the All-Star break, Roy Halladay was named as the AL’s starting pitcher. That seemed to put Josh Beckett out on the mound with something to prove against the Kansas City Royals and he did just that. leading the way in a Boston Red Sox 6-0 victory.
Beckett was on target all day, seemingly retiring the Royals batters with ease as he headed towards his league leading 11th win of the season (tying him with teammate Tim Wakefield and the Rockies Jason Marquis). He did it in fashion with a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits and no walks while striking out seven. Such a performance was enough to earn him “The Stat Line Of The Night” for Sunday, July 12th, 2009.
With the win, the Red Sox secured a three-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East heading into the Summer Classic. Along with a series sweep of the Royals, their position in the standings was aided by the Los Angeles Angels sweep of their own against the division rival Yankees. With the Tampa Bay Rays heating up over the past month, the second half promises to be an entertaining one in baseball’s toughest division.