The game lasted three hours and one minute. When a game is short, it’s either really good and really bad. Usually, it’s really good for one team and really bad for the other team.
Dempster gave a great start. He was the victim of some errors, but overall he made a great start. He pitched seven innings, which is longer than usual for him. He gave up four runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits. He walked only one and struck out eight. Disregarding the unearned runs and accounting for the number of innings, the lack of walks, and the abundant strikeouts, it was one of his best starts this year.
He had a one-two-three first. A single was his only blemish in the second. He had a one-two-three third. He gave up a single and issued a walk in the fourth. The trouble started in the fifth. He gave up a double and then balked. He induced a popout that was more trouble than it was worth; Middlebrooks caught it in foul territory, but he collided with Ross en route. It was so bad that the two of them had to leave the game; Ross had an injured leg, and Middlebrooks had an injured side. It was truly, truly painful to watch too. But what a catch. Seriously, what a catch. And Dempster allowed a single that Drew deflected and that scored a run.
He had a one-two-three sixth, and he gave up a solo shot in the seventh. It was reviewed but ended up standing. But it was close. Really, really close.
Dempster had two baserunners reach in the eighth on errors. Both were fielding errors by Ciriaco. That was when Dempster was replaced by Breslow, who gave up a double, a walk, and two singles. The latter two singles were both responsible for loading the bases. Four runs scored on Breslow’s watch; the first two were attributed to Dempster because they were scored by inherited runners, and those were the ones that were unearned, although one of Wilson’s own runs was also unearned. Wilson replaced Breslow and induced a force out; the runner was out at home, but that didn’t stop another runner from scoring. Salty tried to make it a double play by firing to first, but supposedly the ball hit the runner. John came out to argue; he wasn’t ejected, but his argument wasn’t accepted. Wilson ended the inning shortly thereafter. Other than a walk issued in the ninth, Wilson was right on.
Meanwhile, our hitters were doing absolutely nothing. It was like all their strength was sapped by the walkoff win, and they had nothing left. We mustered a grand total of four hits all night. Ellsbury singled to lead off the first, Papi singled to lead off the second, Drew singled to lead off the third, and Salty homered beyond the Monster. Ellsbury and Pedroia both walked in the ninth. So all of that means a few things. First of all, without those four hits, we would have been no-hit. Secondly, without Salty’s homer, we would have been shut out. Thirdly, because Ellsbury walked after Salty’s home run and because Pedroia walked after Ellsbury was thrown out in a double play, at no point during the entire game did we have a single baserunner in scoring position.
Lastly, it means that we lost, 6-1.