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Beckett and Garza Face Off in Baseball

09.04.2009 · Posted in Recreation Articles

Josh Beckett has struggled throughout his last 3 starts, going 0-1 with a 9.82 earned run average, giving up ten home runs. However the Sox are 2-1 in those games. nnIn his last outing, Aug. 28 versus the Blue Jays at home, Beckett wasn’t involved in the outcome as he gave up 5 runs on five hits and five walks, with 9 strikeouts thrown in 5.0 innings. nnAll five runs came on HRs. Beckett, who surrendered just eighteen hrs in ’08, allowed twelve in August.nnBeckett last opposed the Rays May 10th in Boston, letting up three runs with 6 hits and three bases on ***** with 5 strikeouts in six innings, however did not get hold of a decision in Boston’s 4-3 win. nnIn his latest game at Tropicana Field, April 30, he surrendered 7 runs in 4.2 innings pitched. In five career games at the Trop, Beckett has a record of 1-3 and a 3.58 ERA.nnGarza is struggling through a 6-game run without a win, and hasn’t been the victor at home in his last five appearances. His latest win was over a month ago in Toronto, defeating Roy Halladay. He has merely one victory in his latest ten starts. nnHe is best in the AL with a .233 opposing average, however has gotten the least run support in the AL at 3.73 runs per 9 IP. The Rays have scored a whole of eighteen runs through his 9 losses. nnHe has let up three earned runs or less in 19 of his last 26 starts this season, including seventeen of his last 22. nnThis is his 11th all-time start against the Red Sox and fifth this season. He maintains a lifetime record of 5-1 and a 2.93 earned run average, (twenty ER 61.1 innings pitched.nnThis year he is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA facing the Red Sox. His most recent start against the Red Sox was August 4 in Tampa Bay. Garza did not attain a decision, as the Rays won, 4-2 in extra innings.

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