This is so ironic. I’m really impressed with the outings Aceves and Wake have been turning in. I’m telling you, it’s really getting to the point where Lackey and especially Dice-K have a new standard to live up to. In four starts, the two of them combined are undefeated in their three decisions with a 1.82 ERA. Everybody can clearly see that Aceves and Wake still have it, so if those two want to keep their roles in the rotation, they’re going to need to at least match these performances.
Wake was wonderful. Seven innings, two runs on five hits, one of them a solo shot to lead off the second. Two walks, two K’s. And the win. Eighty-three pitches, fifty-eight for strikes. A thoroughly deceptive knuckleball. That’s all there is to say about Wake. If he had a bad outing, it would have been because his knuckleball didn’t dance. But it did, and with remarkable efficiency. It took Wake eighty-three pitches to get through seven innings. We have pitchers on our staff – you know who they are – who sometimes can’t even get through five innings with that pitch count.
Bard had a three-up, three-down eighth. Paps allowed a run on a single followed by a double, which thankfully didn’t matter.
In the first, Ellsbury singled to start the game and later scored on a wild pitch. In the third, Ellsbury led off the inning with a homer that ended up just inside the foul pole in right. It was a fastball out over the plate, and he hit a rocket of a line drive into the seats. Pedroia walked after that, and Gonzalez singled. Both scored on Youk’s double, who scored on Crawford’s home run. Also a fastball, this one high and inside. Also ended up in the seats in right. But this one was a towering blast. Over his last nine games, he’s batting .429.
Gonzalez and Ellsbury both went two for five. And Ellsbury even threw in one of his classic, epic, running, diving catches to end the sixth. Not to mention the fact that he’s having a monster year so far with a .299 batting average, .365 on-base percentage, twenty-seven RBIs, six home runs, and eighteen thefts. And those numbers are only going to go up.
And that was it. That was all we needed to win. 6-3. Another short and sweet one. We are twelve and two in our last fourteen games.
Oh. One other thing I should mention. Because, you know, it’s extremely important. We are now in sole possession of first place in the American League East division! The Yankees, after losing to the Mariners, must now be content with second. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. More importantly, we have risen!
In other news, the Bruins beat the Bolts! 1-0 courtesy of Nathan Horton in the third period! We are now officially the Eastern Conference Champions, and we won’t stop there. Ladies and gentlemen, we are going to Vancouver. We are going to beat the Canucks right out of the Stanley Cup finals. This could be the year that Boston, in every sport, becomes Title Town.