We lost again. But we expect good outings from Lackey, so the fact that he pitched really well, fortunately, is not so surprising. The fact that he didn’t have any run support was not great. And the relief corps did not pitch well at all. Basically, what I’m saying is that it’s tough to find an unexpected nice surprise in this one.
Lackey delivered yet another quality start. Three runs on six hits over the course of six innings while walking three and striking out five. But when I say quality start, it was barely quality. His final line says quality, but his actual performance says not-so-much. All three of those runs came via the long ball, which means that half of his hits were home runs, and he made three huge mistakes.
He had a one-two-three first and gave up a solo shot on his third pitch of the second. He gave up a single and a walk in the third and two consecutive solo shots in the fourth. He had a one-two-three fifth and issued two walks in the sixth.
After Lackey gave up those three home runs, we were down by only one run. Ellsbury tripled on the sixth pitch of the game, and he scored on a sac fly by Pedroia. And Nava homered on the third pitch of the sixth, launching the ball beyond the right field fence. It was awesome. And too little.
Miller came on for the eighth and loaded the bases with one out thanks to a single and two consecutive walks; Uehara finished the inning but gave up a home run to lead off the eighth, which doubled the Phillies’ lead in a game in which runs were already hard to come by.
And then, the ninth inning came along. With one out, Drew walked. One out later, Gomes singled. Drew scored on a double by Ellsbury, and the tying run moved to third; the go-ahead run was standing at second. There were two out, and we had a chance to win it all back. It would be epic. Epic like the walkoff wins we’ve had lately.
But instead, Nava grounded out on the first pitch of his at-bat. And we lost, 4-3.