We played the last game of our series on the road, and I’m looking forward to the team coming home. They’re needed here.
We were the first to get on the board. Napoli led off the second with a triple and scored on a single by Nava. But then the Tribe tied the game at one in the bottom of the frame after Lester gave up a double that became a run on a groundout, ironically brought in by Mike Aviles.
We pulled back ahead in the fourth; Salty smacked a solo shot with two out in the fourth. He took a curveball for a ball, then a swinging strike, then a ball. Then he fouled off two two-seams and took another curveball for a ball. Then he got all of a ninety-two mile-per-hour four-seam and sent it healthily over the right field fence. It was awesome. It was all power, all swing long.
We added insurance in the fifth. With one out, Ellsbury doubled and scored on a single by Pedroia. The Indians pulled within one run when Aviles doubled and scored on a groundout. Neither team scored in the sixth. And then we basically ended the game in the seventh.
Ellsbury led off the inning with a single. That was when the Indians made a pitching change, which was one of the poorer decisions they made last night. Victorino reached on a fielding error. Pedroia flied out, which moved Ellsbury to third, and he scored on a single by Napoli. Nava hit a sac fly that scored Victorino. And Napoli scored on a single by Carp.
So as you can see, Lester had quite the fine night. Seven innings, two runs, four hits, one walk, five K’s. 115 pitches, seventy-two of which were strikes. Great cut fastball, and great off-speed pitches as well. Lower strikeout total than usual, but outs are outs no matter how they’re recorded. By the way, his ERA is still under two. Miller came on in relief and gave up a walk and a single. Coming in with two inherited runners, Uehara let one score thanks to a double. And then Bailey picked up the save.
So the final score was 6-3, not 6-2. Fortunately, that run didn’t matter, and we won anyway, completing the sweep.
In other news, the Sabres beat the Bruins, 3-2, in a shootout, so we still get a point.