That was extremely satisfying. Winning is always satisfying, but doing it against a team that’s had the better of you in a bad way recently is really quite a thrill. Now it’s us who has the lopsided slugfest under our belts. Revenge is a dish best served cold, but I’m pretty sure I’ll take this win any day.
Especially if Lackey is the one who got the W in the end. I mean, a win is a win no matter who gets it, but it’s just so nice and so refreshing to see him in vintage form. This is basically what he was like when he was with the Angels. This is the John Lackey we signed. Now, this is the John Lackey we get to see.
The fact that we went down in order in first provided considerable false hope for the Tribe, I’m sure. The second, in which Papi walked, Napoli singled, and Carp homered to right on a slider was much more like it. It was awesome. Carp has shown that he can bring the power, and he did yesterday for sure. We went down in order in the next three innings. We had a beautiful opportunity in the sixth; with one out, thanks to a hit batsman and two back-to-back singles, we had the bases loaded. And we had only one run score on Napoli’s force out.
But we blew the game open in the seventh, when we went through the lineup in its entirety. Salty doubled to lead it off. Gomes came in for Carp and got hit. Drew struck out, Iglesias singled to load the bases, and Ellsbury singled in two runs. Nava popped out, Ellsbury stole second, and Pedroia’s single cleared the bases for another two runs. And we went down in order in the eighth.
Lackey went up against who but Justin Masterson. Obviously Lackey carried the day. But that would have been true no matter who he happened to pitch against yesterday, all else being equal. He mowed right through the Tribe, pitching like it was the easiest thing in the world to just stand there and completely befuddle all the hitters he faced. He had a one-two-three first and second. His only blemish occurred in the third; he gave up two consecutive singles, recorded two consecutive outs, and absorbed the one run’s worth of damage wrought by Salty’s throwing error. It was bad in every conceivable way. Not only was the throw way off target, sending the ball into the outfield, but it came on a double steal attempt.
He had a one-two-three fourth and fifth; the only inning during which he did not face the minimum besides the third was the sixth, during which he issued a walk without also inducing a double play.
Uehara and Aceves pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively.
So the offense was huge, and so was Lackey’s start. He pitched seven innings of one-run ball, and that run wasn’t even earned. He gave up two hits, walked three, and struck out eighth. The final score was a fantastic 8-1.