I guess you could say that last night’s game was a pitcher’s duel. Lackey brought his A-game, as he is lately wont to do, but we just didn’t back him up. And without backup, ultimately it doesn’t matter how well you pitch; eventually, you are going to lose. That’s actually literally true. Because if the hitters don’t score any runs at all at any point during the game, then even if the starter is pitching a perfect game, eventually the game will go into extra innings and a pitching change will have to be made. And even if the hitters don’t score any runs in extras, it is entirely possible that the opposition will after a while. I mean, you could say the same about us, of course, but the point is that you have to have run support to win. Without it, you basically just have half a great game.
Lackey gave up a solo shot in the first and a solo shot in the fifth. Other than that, he was solid gold. He had one-two-three innings in the second, fourth and seventh. And all his other innings weren’t so bad either. If by not-so-bad, I mean phenomenal. Which, of course, I do. Because he was. Seriously. Seven innings, two runs, five hits, one walk, nine K’s. The man was on.
If only he received even a modicum of the run support that he deserved. For the sake of our dignity, it would have been nice not to have been shut out, but for the shutout, we have no one to blame but ourselves. We had some scoring opportunities here and there, but even if we had had a huge opportunity, ultimately it wouldn’t have mattered unless we managed to make good on it. Which we didn’t.
Tazawa pitched the ninth and gave up a triple that turned into a run thanks to a sac fly. After issuing a walk, Tazawa was replaced by Aceves, who gave up a double but also secured the inning’s final outs. And we lost, three-zip.