After some technical difficulties, TBS has restored their feed from Tampa, and the American League Championship Series, Game Six, is on the air.
BJ Upton opened the scoring with a solo home run, and Kevin Youkilis answered with a solo shot of his own along with an RBI groundout to give Boston a 2-1 lead. However, Tampa's James Shields just escaped a bases loaded jam in the third, getting Mark Kotsay to fly out to center to end the threat.
So we enter the bottom of the third, with Boston leading 2-1. Josh Beckett, or someone wearing #19 who looks like Josh Beckett, is on for us. Beckett has had terrible trouble (for him-he has become merely mortal) most of the year, struggling with velocity and location. He seems to be dropping strikes in with ease right now, though.
After a hit by pitch on Jason Bartlett (which he could, IMHO, have avoided), Beckett goes 3-0 on Iwamura, then gets him to pop up. Upton now. Upton is a monster, and with one more home run, he ties the record for homers in a single postseason. Note well that postseasons are much longer now-if Mickey Mantle had three rounds of postseason to go through, he might have hit 15 in a few years.
Beckett gets Upton on a gentle bouncer to the mound, and he's out of the third. Phew.
6 innings to go!