Congratulations to Big Papi, who now holds the Major League record for most hits by a designated hitter! We all knew this day was coming, so there’s no surprise here. It would have been nice to have had it happen at home, but Seattle was a good place, too. After all, the Mariners did sign him when he was still in the Dominican Republic. It’s not their fault he’s not currently wearing their uniform. Oh, wait. It is.
Through the first three, it was all us, almost all the time. Papi doubled, Napoli walked, and Nava got hit in the second. Then Salty and Iglesias both hit sac flies that scored two. Not exactly a great response in a bases-loaded situation, but better than nothing. With two out in the third, Pedroia walked, and Papi smashed a home run. With two out in the fourth, Ellsbury doubled and scored on a single by Victorino. And then Salty and Iglesias hit back-to-back singles to lead off the sixth, Holt grounded into a force out, and we executed four straight scoring plays: Ellsbury and Victorino both singled, Pedroia reached on a force attempt thanks to a throwing error, and Papi hit a sac fly.
We even took it down to the wire. Nava and Salty led off the ninth with back-to-back walks; eventually Nava scored on a wild pitch and Salty scored on a single by Carp.
And now for the pitching. Felix Doubront, ladies and gentlemen! His outing was almost impeccable. He pitched seven innings of one-run ball that were almost seven innings of shutout ball had it not been for the double-single combination in the seventh initiated by, of all people, Jason Bay. The greatest number of batters he faced in an inning was five, and that was only twice. He threw 107 pitches, sixty-six of which were strikes, and his command and control were evident throughout.
It would have been quite nice to win, 11-1. But Brandon Workman came on for the eighth and gave up a solo shot and three doubles for a total of three runs. So we won, 11-4, instead.