That’s what I’m talking about! Even if we are eliminated from the playoffs, we may as well go out with a bang, with our heads held high, and with our dignity still intact. And keeping the Rays out of it would be a fantastic bonus.
Doubront gave up three runs on one hit while walking five and striking out five over six innings. He didn’t give up any home runs, so it was the walks that caught up with him. His first two innings were fine. But after opening the third with a strikeout, he issued three consecutive walks to load the bases and eventually cleared them thanks to a single and a sac fly. After that he went right back to cruising.
Doubront put us in a hole three runs deep but left the game with a lead. Ross doubled to open the forth and scored on a single by Loney. We tied it up in the fifth; Iglesias singled, Ciriaco walked, and Ellsbury singled and Pedroia hit a sac fly that scored each of them, respectively. Salty opened the sixth by striking out, but Lavarnway and Podsednik hit back-to-back singles. Iglesias grounded out, and then Ciriaco reached on a throwing error induced by his speed (rushing to the point of error is obviously never a good thing), Lavarnway scored, and Podsednik was out at the plate. And with two out in the seventh, Ross and Loney worked back-to-back walks, Salty singled in Ross, and Lavarnway doubled in both Loney and Salty.
Mortensen came on in the seventh and loaded the bases after securing the first two outs by hitting a batter and walking two. Then Tazawa came on and allowed a single that scored two. Those were the last runs that either team would score. Padilla and Breslow pitched the eighth, Bailey pitched the ninth, and we won, 7-5. And the Rays look more and more like they won’t be tasting postseason glory.