I loathe losing to the Yankees. I loathe losing in general, but if we absolutely must lose, then can’t we just lose to some other team? Does it really have to be the Yankees? Does beating the Yankees have to be so complicated? We’ve played way better in the past than we played yesterday; I just don’t see why we had to lose to the Yankees.
Lester received one above the bare minimum of run support, the bare minimum obviously being zero. That’s right; we scored only one run during the entire game. It was awful. We had to sit through six innings of shutout agony until we finally got on the board in the seventh, one of only two innings during which we had more than one runner on base. Pedroia doubled to lead it off, moved to third on a groundout by Papi, and scored on a double by Napoli.
Pedroia and Papi hit back-to-back singles in the ninth, and I guess that would have been our best chance to score, although in previous innings we had runners on second thanks to doubles, specifically Pedroia in the first and Ross in the second. But at no point did we get a really solid rally going.
The same, very unfortunately, can not be said of the Evil Empire. Even if Lester had pitched better than he did, without more run support it wouldn’t have mattered. But I would have appreciated the additional dignity that comes with a loss at least being a well-matched pitcher’s duel. It was just so obvious that Lester was grinding through this one; he never really seemed at ease.
Lester gave up a walk in the first but turned it into a one-two-three inning thanks to a double play. He opened the second by issuing a walk and giving up a double. He then gave up two RBI singles, separated by an out but accounting for two runs between them. He had a one-two-three third and fourth, the latter consisting solely of groundouts. He hit his first batter of the fifth, induced a force out, issued a walk, recorded a strikeout, and then who but Kevin Youkilis comes up to bat. Honestly, I am still trying to get used to it. Anyway, he batted in a run before the rally was cut short by a fabulously precise throw home by Nava.
His only blemish of the sixth was a walk. He recorded the first out of the seventh but then gave up two consecutive singles, at which point he was replaced by Miller. Miller promptly gave up a third single, which scored only one of the inherited runners. Miller ended the inning with two K’s. Mortensen had a one-two-three eighth.
And that’s how we ended up losing to the Yanks, 4-1. All in all, it was a sad performance.