Now that was fun. We buried the Angels. We literally scored twice as many runs as they did. I mean, if the Angels had only scored one run, then I could have said that we scored ten times as many runs as they did. But double will work too.
More importantly than the margin by which we won is the fact that we won. And we couldn’t have won without solid performances from both the pitching staff and the hitting staff. The Angels were batting first, so as our starter, Dempster was the one who would set the tone. In the end, he tossed a quality start; he gave up three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six over the course of six innings. In addition to giving up two solo shots (one in the first with two out and the other in the fourth with nobody out), he gave up a run thanks to a double-single combination in the fifth.
It was just really wonderful to see him get such strong run support and be able to walk away with the win. He earned it. He really, really earned it, and it was great to see that kind of performance from him.
Breslow pitched the seventh, and Uehara came out for the eighth. While recording the inning’s first two outs, he got wild; he hit a batter and issued two walks. One single later, the Angels’ run total stood at five. Miller finished the inning and pitched the ninth.
But as I said, it’s not enough to have strong pitching. To win a ballgame, one must have strong, or at the very least, sufficiently present hitting. Our hitters were both strong and sufficiently present.
Iglesias led off the third with a single but was out in a force by Ellsbury, who stole second and scored on a single by Nava. Then Pedroia singled, and it was the Angels’ turn to make a mistake. In this particular case, it was a changeup that missed. To Big Papi. I mean, few hitters would have missed that opportunity. But Big Papi? Please. That ball stood absolutely no chance of remaining inside the ballpark.
Carp began the fourth by reaching on a throwing error; he moved to third on a wild pitch and scored two outs later on a triple by Ellsbury. And then the sixth began. And to start with, you had to do a double-take just to make sure you weren’t looking at a replay of a home run. But that was nothing compared to the fact that, on a combined total of four pitches, Salty and Carp smacked back-to-back jacks. It was epic.
One out into the seventh, Papi and Napoli worked back-to-back walks, and Salty had himself a multi-homer game! That, my friends, was most definitely not a replay.
And that’s how we beat the Angels, 10-5, in all our slugging glory.