Let’s start with the good. Morales made his 2013 debut, and I have to say that it went decently. He pitched five solid innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out two. The runs he allowed were the result of a mistake: a two-run home run hit in the first with two out. Other than that, he was great.
Even the relief corps pulled it together; none of our five relievers gave up a run. Breslow pitched the sixth, and he and Mortensen teamed up for the seventh. Tazawa pitched the eighth, and Bailey pitched the ninth.
Let’s end with the better. Namely, our offense. We scored our first run in the first; Ellsbury and Nava hit back-to-back singles, and Ellsbury scored on a groundout by Pedroia. Then Papi walked, Carp singled in Nava, and one out later, Salty batted in two runs with a double.
We didn’t score again until the sixth. With one out, Iglesias singled, and Gomes came in to pinch-hit for Morales, whose night was thereby over. It was a good thing he did, though. Gomes rocketed the ball out of the park for a two-run homer. According to the Phillies, Gomes took too long to start his jog around the bases, and the pitcher hit Ellsbury. Needless to say, both sides were warned. In the end, it had no affect on us at all. One inning later, Papi led off with a solo shot of his own, also a rocket in a hurry to get out.
In the end, Ellsbury went three for four and stole a whopping five bases. Salty and Iglesias both had multi-hit games.
Now comes the best part: the final score. 6-2.