This one was pretty straightforward. We won. And this time we get to thank everybody.
We thank Beckett, whose solid start kept us very, very much in the game at all times. He went seven and two-thirds innings and gave up only one run on seven hits. He walked two and struck out five and threw an appropriate 103 pitches, seventy-two of which were strikes. He went one-two-three in the first, second, fifth, and sixth. He allowed a single in the fourth and seventh and pitched out of a runners-at-the-corners situation in the third. He gave up his only run in the eighth; he began the inning by inducing a flyout and then gave up a double, a single, and finally a successful sac fly.
We also thank the bullpen; after he walked Shane Victorino on five pitches, Padilla took the ball, walked a batter, and then ended the inning. Aceves had a one-two-three ninth.
And last but most certainly not least, we thank the offense. Aviles hit his second game-leadoff homer in as many days for the second time in club history on the third pitch of the game and sent it to the seats in left field. It was a cutter, and timing was everything for that swing. He was patient, he stayed back, and then he unleashed. That’s the difference between a home run and an easy out in that situation. Aviles also singled one in in the second. And then, with one out and runners on second and third in the third, Salty went yard on the third pitch of his at-bat, a changeup. He put it in the standing room in center field. His power is really something. He’s a big guy, and he just reached all the way out with his bat and lofted it out of the park.
And that was all we needed to win. Just some solid contributions from our starter, our bullpen, and our hitters. We won by a final score of 5-1. Aviles and Gonzalez each had two hits, and Beckett even had a hit to his name! It was one of the longest singles I’ve ever seen; it literally was right off the wall. But it could have been out, and that would have really been something. Furthermore, we have won eight of our last ten games. That wasn’t so hard, was it?