So I was kind of hoping to parlay our win into another win. I wanted to really start the second half off right, meaning that I wanted not only to win the first game but also to convert that into some momentum that would start with a series win and progress into a winning streak. The home stretch starts here, and I wanted to hit the ground running. But it’s kind of hard to do that when you lose to your archrival by a deficit more than that which beat them the previous day due to a bad combination of iffy pitching, absent offense, and poor baserunning.
Lackey may have had a final line that was mediocre for his recent standards, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. He pitched shutout ball through four and one-run ball through five; he gave up a single to lead off the inning, but on the play during which the runner was thrown out at home, another runner reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single. The sixth was also an inning of relatively smooth sailing. But Lackey had a bad seventh. He gave up a double that turned into a triple on a groundout and a run on a single. Then he gave up another single and was relieved by Thornton.
Thornton induced a groundout but then gave up two consecutive singles that brought in two more runners, both of whom were inherited. If Lackey had not allowed a run in the seventh, then all else being equal, we would have won by one. If Lackey had allowed a run but Thornton had not allowed his inherited runners to score, the game would have been tied at two. But these scenarios are all contingent on Beato, who came in with one out in the eighth, not hitting a batter and then ending up with a second baserunner thanks to a fielding error by Pedroia. Drake Britton came on and, after securing an out, gave up a successful sac fly that increased the Yanks’ lead to three.
We answered in the seventh with only two runs, and even they were unimpressive. Papi singled, Carp doubled, and they scored on a sac fly by Gomes and a wild pitch, respectively.
Normally, if we were in a position to win, I’d say something about how great it is that we can manufacture runs in any situation using any type of play and that runs are runs no matter how they score. But I guess losing, 5-2, does that.