We did not open this series on a positive note. We managed to avoid the shutout but the fact remains that we ultimately lost. I was very excited about Lester’s start. He gave up three runs, only one earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out four over seven innings. He threw 121 pitches. So obviously it was an excellent start, one that’s reminiscent of his old self. To get there, obviously he’ll have to turn up the strikeouts and turn down the number of pitches, but still.
Lester had a bad first and was right solid for the entire rest of his start. He gave up a double followed by a groundout, and he issued a walk, and then he allowed a sac fly. But then Gomes made a fielding error, and a run scored, and a batter popped up, and he gave up another walk, and he gave up a single that resulted in two more runs scoring. So he only gave up one earned run. So technically it shouldn’t have been as bad as all that. And even if it had to be as bad as all that, it wasn’t actually that bad. He gave up three runs. We should have been able to power through that without a problem. Especially because he righted himself almost immediately. It was surreal how well he pitched after the first. Only in the fifth and seventh did he face more than the minimum.
Unfortunately, our hitters were lucky just to collect three hits. Fortunately, we managed to save a little dignity by avoiding yet another shutout. In the ninth inning, the same inning that was our salvation on Wednesday, Gomes doubled and scored on a single by Drew. So it wasn’t a home run. And even if it was, two runs wouldn’t have helped if we didn’t follow it up with at least four more.
Because, to make matters worse, De La Rosa came on in the eighth and made matters worse. His first pitch of the game was hit for a solo shot. Two outs later, he gave up another solo shot.
So the final score was 5-1 and we lost.