The Rangers didn’t stand a chance in this one. Seriously. No chance. I thought our run total against the Yanks was epic, but it turns out that I had another thing coming. And in this case, I am most definitely happy about that. We scored so many runs last night that if you cut our run total in half, not only would we still have won, but that total alone would have been considered a ton of runs in most situations.
We did not waste time putting ourselves on top in this one. Really, we didn’t. From the very first, both literally and figuratively, we were winning and never looked back. Nava led off the bottom of the first with a walk, followed by a single by Carp. Then Pedroia struck out, and Papi hit an RBI double. Then Napoli walked to load the bases, and Carp scored on a groundout by Salty. Not exactly the response to a bases-loaded situation that we were looking for, but in the long run, we had absolutely nothing to worry about.
Iglesias led off the second with a double, and Bradley promptly followed that with a homer to right on a 2-1 count. After that came a single by Nava, a walk by Carp, a flyout by Pedroia, a bases-clearing triple by Papi, and a successful sac fly by Napoli. Then Salty doubled and scored on a double by Drew. End our six-run second.
Nava doubled with one out in the third and scored on a single by Carp. And Drew homered to right center field to lead off the fourth; Carp repeated that performance in the fifth.
Then Salty led off the sixth with a solo shot. Drew singled, Iglesias reached on a throwing error, and both runners ended up in scoring position. Drew scored on a groundout by Bradley, and Nava hit a successful sac fly but ended up on third thanks to a fielding error, and he himself scored on a sac fly by Carp. A single by Salty, a double by Drew, and a bases-clearing single by Iglesias resulted in yet two more runs.
While the offense was getting busy at the plate, Dempster was mighty busy on the mound. This, I have to say, was a quality start. The numbers don’t lie. He gave up a double and consequently a two-run home run in the fourth as well as a solo shot to lead off the sixth. All told, he pitched a nice, long seven innings. He gave up just the three runs on five hits while walking only one and striking out six. Easily one of the best starts we’ve seen from him this year.
Mortensen came on for the eighth; he gave up a single and subsequently a two-run home run of his own. After that he gave up two singles and a walk and was subsequently replaced by Miller, who ended the inning. He aced the ninth.
Well, we finally won by a score of 17-5. There was only one inning during which we did not score: the eighth. Obviously there was no need to play the bottom of the ninth. In the end we racked up nineteen hits. Thirteen of them were for extra bases: eight doubles, one triple, and four homers. And that, my friends, is how you play baseball.
In other news, the Bruins completely knocked down the Penguins, 6-1.