The whole series with the Yanks, as it turned out, was a downhill slide. The first game was our crowning moment of glory and achievement, and if we bothered to remember what the rest of the season before that has been like, we wouldn’t be so disappointed now. Except that it’s the Yankees, so it’s always disappointing to not at least put up a fight against them. On Wednesday we did put up a fight, but yesterday we just rolled over. We even had good pitching, and we couldn’t do anything. So we started the series grandly, and then we just dropped off by degrees.
Doubront took an undeserved loss. He lasted six and one-third innings and gave up two runs on four hits while walking five and striking out five. He threw 105 pitches, fifty-six of which were strikes. He gave up a single in the first, a walk in the second, nothing in the third, a single and two walks and a sac fly that brought in a run in the fourth, a double in the fifth, a walk in the sixth, and a walk and a single in the seventh before Tazawa replaced him and allowed one of his inherited runners to score by giving up a single.
Tazawa finished the seventh, Breslow pitched the eighth, and Melancon pitched the ninth.
So Doubront’s two runs were the only runs the Yankees scored all game. Between Doubront’s walks and hits and the fact that he only stayed in the game for about six innings, on average the Yanks had at least one man on base during each of his innings. Anytime a pitcher has an outing like that, he’s lucky to escape after having allowed only two runs.
The amazing thing is that those two runs were also the only runs that either team scored all game. That’s right. Our pitching staff held the Evil Empire to two runs over nine innings, and what did we do? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. They just as well could not have been there at all.
We went down in order in each of the first three innings. Thanks to a walk and a single, we had runners at the corners with two out in the fourth, but Nava grounded out to end the threat. We went down in order in the fifth and had runners on first and second with two out thanks to two singles in the sixth, but Ross flied out to end the threat. We went down in order in the seventh and had a runner on third with two out thanks to a double and a flyout in the eighth, but Lavarnway flied out to end the threat. Lastly, we had a runner on second with two out thanks to a single and defensive indifference in the ninth, but Salty grounded out to end the threat and the game.
The final score was 2-0. Not one member of our lineup had a multi-hit performance. Of our six hits, only one was for extra bases: that double, which was hit by Ciriaco. And that walk, which was worked by Podsednik, was obviously our only walk. That’s all Doubront got after having been so good during the first half, so mediocre during the second half, and then so good again last night. The performance, in sum, was pathetic.
Lastly, to conclude on something of a positive note, congratulations to the Pedroia family, who welcomed their second son on Wednesday! That’s why Pedroia left the game after the sixth inning and why he didn’t play yesterday. I have to say, if you’re going to leave a baseball game for a non-baseball-related reason, that’s as good as it gets.