See, that’s what we should have been doing the last few days, not just yesterday. Winning. Winning was what we should have been doing. Okay, so we lost the series to the Phillies. That’s not good. But at least we weren’t swept. Like I said, at this point, for some sad, strange reason, we’ll have to take what we can get and be happy with it, and right now I’m just happy we didn’t lose. Yeah, that’s pathetic, but what can you do. We’ll come around. Meanwhile, at least we preserved some dignity.
We won, 5-2. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that we out-hit the Phillies, 13-4. If only that were the final score, too. But a win is a win, no matter how many runs you score. I just would have really liked a slugfest in order to leave the Phillies with a taste in their mouths that’s extra-bad and easy to remember.
Lester was absolutely masterful. He finally secured a well-earned tenth win. He fired off seven shutout innings of two-hit ball like it was no big deal. He sent down twelve of his first fourteen hitters. He walked two, struck out five, and needed 120 pitches to do it. Clearly he was massively inefficient. His cut fastball was as sharp as ever, but his off-speed pitches were a bit lacking. More affective than that was the fact that the Phillies made him work; it took him twenty-five pitches to get out of the seventh inning alone, and he never threw under ten pitches in a single frame. He had to earn that win. But he did. And we needed it very badly.
Jenks was the one who allowed the runs. Bard finished the eighth, and Jenks came on for the ninth. He allowed two runs and left in favor of Paps, who found himself in a save situation and came through.
We didn’t get on the board until Cole Hamels was taken out due to an injury he sustained when Gonzalez hit a line drive off of Hamels’s right hand in the fourth. Ouch. Reddick tripled and scored on a single by Sutton, who scored on a single by Ellsbury. That was it until Tek unleashed in the very next inning on a hanging slider, sending it out of the park and into the first few rows in right field. But he was just getting started. In the eighth, Pedroia and Tek hit back-to-back jacks. These last two were hit on fastballs; all three were hit to the same location. So of the team’s four extra-base hits, three were homers, and all four led directly to scoring. We left eight on base and went two for eight with runners in scoring position. But that’s the thing about home runs. It doesn’t matter who’s in scoring position; you score anyway. And the fact that the captain went yard twice made it all the better.
This was a much-needed win if I’ve ever seen one. Every win of ours this days is much-needed. It makes you wonder what might be in store as the trade deadline approaches, although we all know that thankfully Theo would never do anything rash. It’s just like I said in the beginning of the season: we need to get on a permanent hot streak and then we’re set. One good, long, continuous groove and it’s smooth sailing all the way to the World Series. Hopefully that’ll start tomorrow with the Astros.