There was no miracle in the cards for us yesterday. We scored the same amount of runs during the entire game that we scored on Thursday in the ninth inning alone. And it wasn’t enough. I have to say that it was Lester’s fault. We shouldn’t have to be in a situation where six runs is not enough.
I really thought that Lester was starting to turn the corner. His last few starts have been less mediocre than usual. And then he goes and tanks like this. He gave up six runs on eleven hits over four and one-third innings. He didn’t walk anybody, and he did strike out six, but that doesn’t change the fact that he exited very early because he just didn’t have any control.
It started early. He got his first batter to line out, but then he gave up a single followed by a home run. He didn’t allow any runs in the second, but after striking out his first batter in the third, he gave up a double followed by an RBI single. He went one-two-three in the fourth, his best inning. The fifth inning was really bad though. He gave up a double, induced a groundout, and then allowed three consecutive scoring plays: two doubles and a single that scored three runs total.
That was when Thornton came on and ended the inning. He also pitched the sixth. Beato gave up a solo shot to lead off the seventh that managed to withstand review. He and Tazawa combined for a one-two-three eighth and a solid ninth.
The offense put up a great fight, I have to say. Ellsbury led off the first with a triple, and two outs later, Papi went yard on his first pitch of the game. He hit it all the way to center field, and it was huge and awesome. We kept it up in the second; Nava reached on a throwing error, Salty doubled, and then Drew and Holt both hit back-to-back sac flies that scored two. We went down in order in the third, and we had the bases loaded in the fourth with one out, but the inning ended with nothing to show for the opportunity. We went down in order in the fifth again, and in the sixth we had a repeat performance of the first. Napoli singled, and two outs later, Drew went yard on his second pitch of the at-bat, also hit all the way to center field.
And that was it. We lost by a score of 7-6. That’s a tough one to lose. We really mixed it up, using a combination of both the long ball and the small ball to put together solid run support for Lester. But it really just wasn’t enough.