The focus of Red Sox Nation has been on Josh Beckett and his ankle for the last few innings, but hidden behind all that is the continued inability of either team to break the current scoreless tie.
The Red Sox had a chance to add a run or two in the fifth inning, when Marco Scutaro doubled, turning the lineup over with a man in scoring position. But Jacoby Ellsbury’s hard-hit comebacker was picked by Henderson Alvarez, who caught Marco Scutaro straying too far from second. Caught in the rundown, Scutaro was tagged out by Brett Lawrie, who quickly fired to second, catching Ellsbury as he tried to take second, leaving the Sox’ inning over in a hurry.
As for the Blue Jays, they’ve come up completely empty against Alfredo Aceves. The long relief man struck out the side in the fifth, and then induced a double play to record a second straight 1-2-3 inning.