Man, I am exhausted. That was just horrible. We were tied for four and a half innings, and when you’re in that situation, you know that sooner or later one of you is going to have to come out on top. The question is who. Last night it wasn’t us. But it’s to be expected that sometimes you lose games in which you’ve been tied for a while. What made this one worse was that we had a good lead until the top of the fifth. So it should never have come to that. It’s one thing to fight your own way back through a deficit to tie it and then lose; it’s quite another when you’re the one squandering the lead and then the tie as well.
Doubront didn’t do well, obviously. Rather, he did well for a little bit, and then he didn’t. The one bad inning yet again reared its exceptionally ugly head. Both teams went scoreless in the first, and then the Twins got on the board first. Doubront gave up his first run on a double-single combination in the second. We answered with the same in the bottom of the inning. And then the Twins had their one bad inning in the third. We scored four runs. Pedroia, Ross, and Gonzalez hit three straight singles to start it off, the last one bringing in a run. Two outs later, Crawford smacked a solo shot on a sinker, the third sinker and the fourth pitch of the at-bat. It ended up way out to right field. And it’s really just been great seeing him get a little bit of his stride back. I don’t even want to think about how awesome it would be if he gets going.
Neither team scored in the fourth, and Doubront imploded in the fifth. He gave back all four of those runs. He gave up a single, induced a groundout, gave up another single, issued a walk, and then had three straight scoring plays. First, in truly humiliating and embarrassing fashion, he walked in a run on five pitches. Then he gave up a single that scored two. And lastly he gave up a sac fly.
Tazawa and Breslow teamed up for the sixth. Breslow and Melancon teamed up for the seventh. Melancon and Miller teamed up for eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, we had far and away our best opportunity to put the game away. Thanks to two singles and a walk, we had the bases loaded with one out. And Ellsbury struck out and Pedroia flied out. That was the extent of our nonexistent damage. Miller and Padilla teamed up for the ninth. And Padilla was still on the mound for the tenth.
He gave up a double, a popout, and then the single that sealed our fate last night. It scored a run. We went down in order in the bottom of the inning. The final score was 6-5.
So just to sum up, Doubront gave up five runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out two over five innings and ninety-seven pitches. (Of course it wasn’t helpful that home plate umpire Mark Wegner’s strike zone was inconsistent. But that has nothing to do with the fact that we didn’t hit or score when we had the chance.) Pedroia, Ross, and Shoppach all went two for five, Aviles went two for four, and Crawford went three for five. We collected fourteen hits to their thirteen and four extra-base hits to their three. We went three for fourteen with runners in scoring position and left ten of eighteen men on base.
We are now below .500 yet again.