I don’t like losing to the Yankees. I’ve said that, if we absolutely have to lose, do we really have to lose to the Yankees of all teams?
It’s a little different when you’re talking about wins. I love to beat the Yankees. If we absolutely have to win, I’d love to just win, win, win all the team. I’d love to win every single time we face the Evil Empire. It feels good. And it feels right, and it feels natural. Especially when it’s not even close. Then it gets really fun.
We had a baserunner in each of the two innings, but things started to get really serious in the third. Bradley led it off with a double; Nava singled, putting runners at the corners. Bradley scored on a double by Carp, Pedroia struck out, and Papi walked intentionally to load the bases.
And then it was Napoli’s turn. He swung through a fastball and watched another one go by. He fouled one off and took another one for a ball. He took a slider for a ball and got his fifth four-seam of the at-bat. Huge mistake. The count was 2-2, and the Yanks were only one strike away from out number two. But that one strike is pretty far off with a hitter like Napoli, I guess. Especially if you miss. Napoli is not one of those hitters who will miss it when you miss. Last night was no exception. The ball went over the fence in right center field. Mike Napoli, like it was no big deal, hit a grand slam.
We had one baserunner in the fourth and two each in the fifth, sixth, and seventh. But we didn’t score. And our lead was very much intact by the time the eighth inning began. By the time the eighth inning was over, it wasn’t even a game anymore. It was The Boston Red Sox Show.
Iglesias and Bradley led off the eighth with back-to-back singles. Then it was Nava’s turn. In total, that at-bat comprised four pitches: two curveballs that he fouled off, a two-seam that he swung through, and a four-seam that he sent over the fence in right center field. One swing, three runs, and almost double our lead.
Drew got in on the action with one out in the ninth, belting a solo shot also on his fourth pitch, also on a fastball, this one going to just straight-up right field. Unfortunately, no one was on base at the time. But Salty doubled after that and scored on a single by Iglesias, and Bradley doubled after that and scored on a sac fly by Nava.
The Yanks scored their first run one inning later. Doubront gave up two singles and induced a force out that put runners at the corners; the second out of the inning proved to be a successful sac fly. Other than that, Doubront just put it on cruise control, and it was smooth sailing through six innings. He was a master.
Tazawa, Breslow, and Uehara each pitched an inning to end the game. In total, six members of the starting lineup had multi-hit games: Drew and Salty both went two for five, Carp went two for three, Bradley and Napoli both went three for five, and Nava went four for six in the leadoff spot. We walked only three times but posted a whopping eighteen hits, seven of which were for extra bases: four doubles and three homers. We left nine on base and went only five for fifteen with runners in scoring position.
And now, it is my great pleasure to proudly state the final score: 11-1. That, folks, is just about as lopsided a slugfest as you can get.
In other news, the Bruins have officially begun our series with the Penguins. And we are now officially in the lead! We shut them out, three-zip. On to Game Two!