If Josh Beckett can't figure out how to get through the first inning of a game without giving up any runs, it could turn out to be a long second half of the season for him and the Boston Red Sox.
Despite assurances from manager Bobby Valentine that Beckett would get through that first inning without incident, it still happened. In fact, he gave up four runs in the first two innings and his team never recovered in a 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
If Beckett needs to figure anything out, it's how to be consistent on the mound. He shows it at times as evidenced by the seven strikeouts but then he doesn't when he leaves pitches out over the plate as evidenced by the laser shots by Colby Rasmus and Yunel Escobar earlier in the game.
Of course it doesn't help when the offense can't do anything against journeyman pitcher Aaron Laffey. They had no answers for him at all. And of course this is the second time he's done this against the Red Sox this season as he has now not allow...