When a pitcher is in complete command and control of the game, it’s a beautiful thing. The pitcher sets the tone of how the action will proceed, and when a pitcher smells a win and locks onto it, you know you’ve got some fun on your hands.
This is as stellar as I have ever seen Doubront. Seriously. He usually faced the minimum each inning, sometimes facing four and one time facing five in the seventh, his last inning. That’s right. He pitched seven shutout innings. He had the D-backs’ numbers throughout the whole thing. Their lineup had nothing on him. They stood there and looked like they had absolutely no idea what they were doing.
Thornton and Britton preserved the shutout in the eighth, as did Uehara in the ninth.
Drew and Holt led off the fifth with back-to-back singles, and both ended up scoring thanks to a sac fly by Ellsbury and a double by Pedroia. Salty and Drew led off the sixth with back-to-back singles, and both ended up scoring on back-to-back singles by Ellsbury and Victorino. Those runs made the final score four-zip.