Josh Beckett recalls pitching 2008 ALCS Game 6 as Red Sox needed win to stay alive

Boston is one loss away from being eliminated from the postseason while the Astros are one win away from clinching a berth into the World Series.

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Josh Beckett can attest that winning two games on the road in a win-or-go-home game is possible. 在 2008, he gave the Red Sox five innings and allowed two runs on four hits in a 4-2 Boston victory to force a Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS.

Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox reacts after giving up a solo home run to B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of game six of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on Oct. 18, 2008, at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, 佛罗里达.

Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox reacts after giving up a solo home run to B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of game six of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on Oct. 18, 2008, at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, 佛罗里达. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The one I’m most proud is probably the five innings in Tampa. That was my last start of the season, I hated to admit that. But there was no (脏话) way I could do that again, but knew I had to do that to get to the World Series. That was the one I’m most proud of,” Beckett told WEEI radio 星期四, recalling the crucial start.

That was the most painful start I ever had. I was throwing sidearm. It hurt so bad when I made a power move over the top. But I could sling the ball up there. My curveball was like 2-to-8. I don’t think I pitched all that bad. I was just trying to do what the starters are trying to do now, get as many outs as they can and here comes the cavalry. 和, now the cavalry is good. These bullpens are (脏话) 笨. When I was playing baseball there was like a handful of guys who threw 100 英里每小时. Now there are like 16 handfuls.

Starting pitcher Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in game six of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on Oct. 18, 2008, at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, 佛罗里达.

Starting pitcher Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in game six of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on Oct. 18, 2008, at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, 佛罗里达. (Pool/Getty Images)

Beckett threw 78 pitches in the game after throwing 93 在游戏中 2 和 106 in the American League Division Series Game 3 against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Eovaldi is in a bit of a more unique predicament.

He’s about to make his third appearance for Boston in the ALCS alone. He pitched in 2/3 innings against Houston in Game 4 on two days rest. He allowed four runs on two hits. Boston lost the game and went on to lose Game 5 to get into the hole. He’s made four appearances this postseason but hasn’t thrown more than 85 音高.

Beckett said the onus will be on the starting pitcher.

It wasn’t just me but on that specific day it was Josh Beckett and the Red Sox. 是, other people have to do some things to win the game, but I have to go and make sure I don’t lose the game. …. I watch baseball now and it’s not like watching when I was in the playoffs,” 他加了.

You needed your starter to be good every time to win. 现在, they will yank him out before they even get a chance. [Ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona] wasn’t going to take me out. There was a reason I was starting that game and everybody else was in the bullpen. I was hurt in 2008, but he knew I was probably better than a lot of the other options to start the game. Tito is like, ‘You’re giving us our best option.’

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi delivers to the New York Yankees in the first inning of the American League Wild Card playoff game at Fenway Park, Tuesday Oct. 5, 2021 在波士顿.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi delivers to the New York Yankees in the first inning of the American League Wild Card playoff game at Fenway Park, Tuesday Oct. 5, 2021 在波士顿. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Eovaldi told reporters on Thursday he felt rested after pitching in Game 4.

I think having the two days in between definitely helps. I took [星期三] off. I didn’t really throw. Made sure I was nice and recovered. Just got done playing catch today. I feel great. I don’t think there’s any limitations. My arm feels good, and mentally I’m going to be ready and prepared for this game [星期五],” 他说, 通过 MLB.com.

游戏 6 is set for Friday night at 8:08 下午. ET on FS1.

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