Yet another close one. Why can’t we just win one decisively and without worry and suspense? I guess that’s too much to ask. Whatever. As long as we’re winning, we’ll deal with it.
At least we scored first this time. Ellsbury led off the game by striking out, but then Pedroia and Papi hit back-to-back doubles, and we were up, one-zip.
And it was supported by a spectacular outing by Lester. Really, he was spectacular. He went one-two-three in the first and second. He gave up a single in the third. But that one run really caught up with us in the fourth, both literally and figuratively. He gave up a solo shot in the fourth, which was basically his only mistake of the night. And a mistake it was, too. That run tied the game. And then he just went right back to being solid, going one-two-three in the fifth, sixth, and seventh.
All in all, I think this outing was really fantastic. It’s about everything we could have hoped for. It’s not his fault we only scored one run at the time.
That one run seemed like even less of a blemish when we regained our lead in the seventh. As in the first, it began with a strikeout, this time by Nava. Then Bogaerts singled, Drew walked, and both ended up scoring, Bogaerts on a double by Ross and Drew on a single by Ellsbury after Lester grounded out.
Two outs and one double into the eighth, Uehara got the call. In total, Lester pitched seven and two-thirds innings and gave up just the one run on four hits while walking none and striking out seven. That’s a solid outing if I’ve ever seen one. It’s certainly one of the best I’ve seen this month, and that says a lot. And it was long, too. So Lester pitched phenomenally for a long time. That’s really all you want from your starter anyway.
So the final score was 3-1, and now we’re coming back home. We have momentum and math on our side; the Cards are facing elimination, and we only have to win one more game in order for the championship to be ours. So we’ll just have to keep our heads down and get it done.