Wow. I was hoping, at the very least, for a series split. We got even less than that. Even Lackey’s performance wasn’t that much of a silver lining.
Lackey had a one-two-three first and second. He gave up a single in the third and fourth. He gave up a triple followed by an RBI double. Obviously, through five, Lackey had himself a pretty smooth sail. The sixth was when he ran into some trouple. He gave up a single, recorded the first out with a flyout, and issued a walk. Then he committed a throwing error that scored one run, gave up a successful sac fly that scored another, and then gave up a two-run home run that scored two more.
He settled back down after that. He had a one-two-three seventh. In total, Lackey pitched seven innings. He walked one, struck out eight, and gave up six hits and five runs, but only one of those was earned. Except that Lackey was the one who made the error. So, if you think about it, the runs may as well have been earned. Run-wise, the start wasn’t great. Everything-else-wise, the start was pretty great.
Uehara pitched a truly beautiful eighth. Breslow would have pitched a truly beautiful ninth if Middlebrooks hadn’t spoiled the one-two-three progression by allowing a runner to reach on an error.
Victorino singled in the first. Middlebrooks doubled in the second. Finally, it bore fruit; Victorino double and scored on a single by Pedroia. Nava singled in the fourth, moved to second on a grounder by Middlebrooks, and scored on a single by Drew. Pedroia singled in the fifth. Fortunately, we matched the Twins’ sixth-inning rally with one of our own; unfortunately, it wasn’t as significant. Napoli doubled to lead it off and scored on a single by Nava.
Pedroia walked in the seventh. Nava walked and Middlebrooks reached on a fielding error in the eighth. Ellsbury walked in the ninth.
We lost, 5-3. We lost the game, and we lost the series. It’s like we were an entirely different team out there.