Game 2: Postgame thoughts

October, 10, 2009

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The last time it was done, Derek Lowe was gesticulating towards the Oakland A's dugout, Jason Varitek was a starting catcher, and Pedro Martinez wasn't a Phillie.

It's been six years since a team has come back from being down 0-2 in a five-game series and the Red Sox were the last team to do it, when they beat the A's in 2003.

There are only three players left from that '03 team, two of whom haven't played an inning in this series, which Boston now trails 0-2 after a 4-1 loss on Friday night to the Angels.

Tim Wakefield, who isn't on the ALDS roster, Varitek and David Ortiz were all on that 2003 team. Wakefield said the team's approach back then was simple.

"We've got to win the next day, or we're going home," Wakefield said. "That's the attitude you have to take. Win today."

It will be an easier task now that the Red Sox are heading back to Fenway, where they were 56-25 this season, their second best mark at home in the last 59 seasons. But Fenway won't cure all of the team's hitting woes, which are plenty.

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Blame the ump

Players and manager Terry Francona were upset with first-base umpire CB Bucknor after Thursday night's game in which he likely missed at least two calls. A Wikipedia war ensued online Thursday night with umpire Bucknor's page. After Bucknor made two very questionable calls last night against the Red Sox, a full-fledged war went on, with entries eventually becoming obscene. Wikipedia shut down its users from editing Bucknor's page due to "vandalism."

After Thursday night's game, crew chief Joe West told a pool reporter that the three plays at first base, where Bucknor was umpiring on Thursday, were all "bang-bang" plays.

"These are professional umpires, and they get in the best position they can to make the call," West said. "[Bucknor] was in great position on all the plays. If he got blocked out, he got blocked out."

Before the game, Bucknor declined an interview request by His night was fairly uneventful, with the exception of Beckett briefly arguing that Angels catcher Mike Napoli did not get out of the way when he was hit in the seventh inning. That proved important; Napoli scored on Aybar's two-run triple.

"It doesn't really matter when an umpire doesn't listen to you," Beckett said.

Quick hits ...

After his wife, Linda, asked him on Thursday why he isn't tweeting as much anymore, Red Sox owner John Henry appeared on the social networking site late Friday night with a message. "Angel pitching dominant in first two games. We've been here before a couple of times." ... Beckett lost for the first time in his last seven postseason decisions. His last loss was Game 3 of the 2003 World Series, when he was with the Marlins. Over his last four postseason starts, he's got a 7.71 ERA. ... The Angels have a 2-0 series lead for only the second time in franchise postseason history. And how's this: the Angels have now won three of the last four playoff games against Boston ... When Victor Martinez drove in Jacoby Ellsbury in the fourth inning, it snapped a 20-inning postseason scoreless streak by Boston.



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