Again with the ace having a bad night that any other pitcher would consider a good night. Lester one-hit the Yankees while walking three and striking out six on seventy-three strikeouts. What’s the badness? He allowed seven hits over five innings on 114 pitches. That was it. That was all there was to Lester’s outing. His best pitches were his cut fastball and changeup. His sinker and curveball were abysmal. You might think that it would be difficult for a pitcher of Lester’s caliber to throw any pitch abysmally. Trust me. His sinker and even more so his curveball were abysmal. And let’s not forget the fact that he actually needed fourty-four pitches in the first. Fourty-four! To get through the first inning alone! That’s just absurd. That’s almost half the number of pitches he should be throwing in the entire game!
You might also think that our lineup would be able to bury one run. So the Yankees had an RBI double in the first. So what? We’re the Yankees’ worst offensive nightmare. Right?
Apparently not. I think the lineup missed that memo.
I think Pedroia was feeling a little left out during the two-run shot festival that occurred on Wednesday, so he hit one on a cutter in the fourth to center. It barely got out; it landed in the first row of seats just behind the wall.
At the time, that homer gave us a one-run lead. Which, at the time, seemed like a five-run lead because it was clear that runs would be few and far between. This explains the devastation when Aceves allowed two runs in the seventh, which earned him the loss in addition to his hold. It all started with a fourteen-pitch walk. That’s never a good way to start anything. It was actually Bard who allowed, in practice, all three runs, only two of which were inherited. Bard received a blown save. Doubront and Wheeler finished the game.
So that home run was our only production of the night. Pedroia also possessed the only multi-hit game and stolen base and one of only two extra-base hits. The other extra-base hit was a double by Gonzalez, which he used to lead off the fourth and get on base before Pedroia’s homer. We left seven on base and went two for six with runners in scoring position. In total, we collected only six hits. Our staff threw a combined total of 203 pitches. All of which is to say that we lost, 4-2.
Comic relief included Youk teaching himself how to use a professional camera
The whole game can be summarized with a description of the bottom of the ninth inning. After two walks and a single, the bases were loaded with two out for, of all batters, Gonzalez. He hadn’t hit well in the game, so he was due. Mariano Rivera gave him five straight cutters. Ultimately he was called out on strikes. There was a pitch that he thought was low. Keeping in mind that he as one of the best eyes in the league and that he’s usually right about these things and that the pitch was low, he was called out on strikes. Yup.
It was Lester opposite AJ Burnett, our lineup opposite theirs, with our home field advantage, and somehow we lost our first series of the season to the Yankees. I don’t get it. We have our last series with the Yanks at the end of the month. It’s probable that that series will decide the division. That’s all I’m saying.