Angels Get One, Salvage Dignity

Josh Beckett held a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning last night with two outs and runners on second and third. With two strikes on Chone Figgins, Beckett unleashed his offering towards home plate. Figgins swung and missed for strike three, inning over.

Except the inning wasn’t over. The ball went between the legs of Jason Varitek and to the backstop. Figgins scampered safely to the first, and the tying run came in from third. The Angels took the lead in the top of the ninth with a run off Billy Wagner, giving the Angels a 4-3 win and letting them feel good that they were able to win a game in Boston.

Amalie Benjamin has the Angels proving that they can occasionally beat the Red Sox. John Tomase has the Sox running into some Tek-nical difficulty last night. Jeff Goldberg has Varitek and the Sox letting one get away. Paul Kenyon has the Angels getting a Fenway win using their style. Ron Chimelis says that you can’t win them all, especially against a quality team like the Angels. Bill Ballou has the tables being turned on the Red Sox. Jim Fenton says that since these team know each other so well, there was little to be learned in this series.

Bob Ryan grumbles that it makes no sense to expand the rosters for the most important games of the season. Michael Silverman says you’re nuts if you think the Angels have no chance against the Red Sox in the postseason. Joe McDonald has Josh Beckett continuing his resurgence. Brian MacPherson says that Victor Martinez has made everything about the Sox better.

Chimelis says that death, taxes and the Red Sox meeting the Angels in the postseason are life’s certainties these days. Sarah Green says that the Red Sox never needed Roy Halladay. Amy K. Nelson says that the Red Sox are now hitting the road with something to prove. Mike Fine says that the Red Sox are still learning about themselves every day.

Silverman has umpire Rick Reed’s thoughts on the verbal abuse they received from Mike Scioscia and the Angels coaches in this series. He also reports that the crew has filed a complaint against the Angels. McDonald says that Wednesday wasn’t a perfect night for either the teams or the umpires.

Benjamin’s notebook looks at the debate other whether the Red Sox get more favorable calls at home. Tomase’s notebook has Wagner critical of his own performance last night. The ProJo Red Sox journal has Kevin Youkilis saying that he’ll be back in the lineup tonight. Chimelis’ notebook has Martinez returning to the lineup last night. Ballou’s notebook has the Angels getting some revenge last night. Fenton’s notebook has Beckett putting his rough patch behind him.

Chad Finn checks in on a few sports media notes beyond the sports radio wars. Bill Doyle has ESPN’s Ron Jaworski praising Tom Brady, but not the Patriots defense.

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