Finally! Finally, a win comes our way! We managed to win our very own nailbiter!
Lester was one of several masterminds behind it. He pitched a solid seven innings and gave up three runs on six hits while walking four and striking out six. He gave up a solo shot to lead off the third followed by an RBI double. He gave up an RBI single in the fourth for his last run, which is nothing when you consider what the damage could have been like with the bases loaded. After that he put it in cruise control, and the Royals couldn’t have bought a run from him even if that were allowed. His cut fastball was excellent, and he was firing on all cylinders.
So it was the worst time for him to have to leave the game due to a leg cramp. Padilla took over for the eighth, and Miller and Bailey chipped in to finish the inning. Bailey also pitched through the ninth easily.
Fortunately, Papi was back, so those three runs weren’t as formidable as we’ve seen them be in other games. We began the first with two straight singles, and Papi brought in two runs on a single of his own on his very first pitch. Not bad for someone reappearing off of the DL. And then the Royals scored all of their runs, and we didn’t answer them, and suddenly it looked likely that this one might end badly like way too many others. But as always in this great game, just because something looks likely doesn’t mean it is likely.
That’s why, the seventh, Gomez walked and Aviles singled and both scored on a double by Ciriaco.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the end of the game. The final score was 4-3, for once in our favor. We had a four-game losing streak and Lester hadn’t won a game at home in about two months. It’s funny how all of that can change overnight.