Last night’s contest wasn’t a slugfest, but it came down to long balls anyway. It was a real nailbiter, but ultimately whoever scores more runs, wins. That usually does have something to do with putting runners on base.
Aceves’s start could not have been more phenomenal. Six innings of one-run ball. Only four hits. Four walks, seven strikeouts, and that run was the result of basically only one mistake. He gave up a solo shot in his last inning. Other than that, he was almost untouchable.
All of which is to say that Aceves held his own in what amounted to a pitcher’s duel. Not bad for someone who’s not seeing regular pitching time. With two out in the third, Ellsbury singled and then Nava jacked one to right for a home run.
So the only difference between us and them was the fact that someone happened to be on base when we hit our homer. But hey, if that’s all it takes, then that’s all it takes.
Tazawa, Breslow, and Uehara all saw action, and Bailey got the save. And we won, 2-1.
In other news, the B’s fought hard in the series opener but ended up losing, 4-3, in sudden death.