We were down by two before we came up to bat. Doubront’s second pitch of the game was hit for a single. He then hit a batter and issued a wild pitch and two consecutive walks, the latter of which obviously resulted in a run. The sac fly he gave up after that also scored a run. But here’s the thing about first innings. They’re not always indicative of what’s going to happen later.
In Doubront’s case, that was a good thing. And a correct observation. He was almost impeccable for the rest of his start; his only other blemish occurred in the seventh. He gave up a single made worse by a passed ball by Salty. After securing a groundout, second base was stolen and, on another groundout, a run was scored. Doubront gave up a single before being replaced by Tazawa, who got through the rest of the inning. Bard came out for the eighth; he gave up two walks, and Wilson gave up a single that scored one. Miller pitched the ninth.
No matter how well you’re pitching, it’s always nice to have run support. Doubront gave up runs in the first but not consequently; similarly, the Astros didn’t give up runs in the first but, fortunately for us, not consequently.
By the time the second inning was out, the game was ours. Carp grounded out to start it, and then Salty worked a walk. Middlebrooks doubled, and Drew walked to load the bases. Ellsbury’s subsequent single plated two. Nava then grounded out, Pedroia walked to re-load the bases, and Papi’s subsequent double plated two.
The third inning was pretty quick for both teams; the Astros went down in order and, aside from Drew’s walk, so did we. Nava led off the fourth and eventually scored on a sac fly by Papi. And then there was the bottom of the seventh. Houston may have thought that they made a dent when they got that third run off Doubront; in fact, they came close. In reality, it wasn’t meant to be. If we didn’t win the game in the second, we won it for sure in the seventh.
Houston made a pitching change, and after Gomes flied out, they probably thought it would go well. It didn’t. Salty doubled, Middlebrooks walked, Drew singled in Salty, Ellsbury struck out, Drew singled in Middlebrooks, and Pedroia singled in Drew.
We won, 8-4. How’s that for a first-inning let-down.
In other news, the Bruins lost to the Caps, 3-2, in sudden death.