It sure was nice to remember what winning feels like, even if we barely won. A win is a win, so I guess it really doesn’t matter whether we barely won or not. Obviously it matters in the long run as reflective of the team’s overall health in terms of performance, but that’s a whole other story. Still, it’s nice.
Doubront gave up four runs on six hits over five innings while walking two and striking out seven. He was the victim of the one bad inning, that ever-present nemesis that always seems to rear its ugly head at the worst possible time. Although, if you think about it, every moment is the last possible moment. The Royals scored four runs in the fourth; after securing the inning’s first two outs, he gave up three straight singles, the last of which plated a run. And then he gave up a three-run home run. Just like that. Then he sailed right through the fifth and was replaced by Pedro Beato for the sixth, seventh, and eighth.
Beato allowed two singles and a walk in the eighth and was then replaced by Breslow, who gave up two runs. Melancon pitched the ninth.
Fortunately, we didn’t just sit on our laurels at the plate. Gomez walked and scored on a double by Aviles in the second. Ciriaco hit a huge solo shot out toward the Monster on his second pitch of the at-bat, a slider. Then Ellsbury singled and scored on a single by Loney. Gomez led off the sixth by getting on thanks to an error and then scored on a single by Ellsbury, thanks also to a deflection. We kept on in the seventh; Ross singled, Loney grounded out, Lavarnway singled, Gomez walked to load the bases, Aviles struck out, an error put Posednik on and another run on the board, and then Ciriaco singled in another run. And then Pedroia led off the eighth with a solo shot on his second pitch; both were ninety-one mile-per-hour fastballs, except that he took the first one for a ball and the second one he absolutely destroyed in true Pedroia fashion.
And we can even give Bobby V. substantial points in this one. He was ejected in the fifth for calling out first place umpire Dan Bellino, who said that Pedroia was out at first after grounding to third. Except that Pedroia wasn’t out by a mile. First of all, the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag, and secondly, that didn’t even matter at all because Pedroia had any throw beat no matter what. And the fact that Bellino got that call wrong is not only infuriating but also embarrassing and unjust. It’s a good thing we won.
The final score was 8-6. Aviles and Ross both went two for four, Pedroia and Ellsbury went two for five, and Ciriaco went three for five. It was awesome.