We thank the baseball community for its support during this somber and difficult time. On Tuesday, “Sweet Caroline” serenaded baseball fans throughout the country as teams played it during their games in solidarity. We appreciate the salute.
We got off to a great start. Ellsbury, the game’s first batter, singled in the game’s first at-bat. Then Victorino got hit, and Pedroia singled to load the bases. So, to review, we had the bases loaded with nobody out in the first inning. The first third of our lineup successfully got on base. Then Napoli stepped up to the plate and singled in two runs. And Nava stepped up to the plate and singled in one more. Unfortunately, we followed that epically solid rally with three straight outs. But we had three runs on the board before the Tribe even took the field, and things looked good when they went down in order in the bottom of the frame.
Neither team scored until the fifth, when we were back at it. Middlebrooks and Salty provided two quick outs, but Drew walked on five pitches and scored on a triple by Carp. We added yet another run in the following frame. Victorino led off with a single. Pedroia struck out, Napoli doubled, and Nava singled in Victorino.
Until that point, Aceves was doing extremely well. He had just pitched five shutout innings. But he imploded in the sixth. He allowed a walk and two consecutive home runs for a grand total of three runs. If we hadn’t added on those two insurance runs, Aceves’s complete and total fail would have tied the game. Aceves didn’t even record a single out that inning. It was absolutely awful. In the blink of an eye, he lost all command and control, and he just couldn’t find the strike zone at all. Fortunately, John made the switch to Tazawa just in time; Tazawa sent down the Indians in order after that. Just in time indeed.
In the end, the game finished similarly to how it began. Ellsbury singled to lead off the eighth, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a fantastic combination of a sac bunt by Victorino and a throwing error.
Uehara pitched a great eighth, Bailey pitched a great ninth, and we won, 6-3!
In other news, the Bruins beat the Sabres, 2-1.