So we lost the series after all. This was a tough one to lose, and not just because losing this game meant losing a four-game series. It was a tough one to lose because of that but also because we really battled to hold on. Lackey pulled it together, Britton kept it together, and the hitters did a nice job of putting us back in it. I really thought we’d be able to turn it around, but for the last third of the game, we were pretty much silent.
Lackey pitched seven innings and gave up four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five. His first run scored in the first, when he gave up two walks and a single. He gave up two more in the second thanks to a double and two singles. And he gave up a solo shot with one out in the third. But he went one-two-three in the fourth, fifth, and seventh, and he faced five batters in the sixth. So he did settle down. It was just too late. But I give him a lot of credit for reigning it in, gaining control, and grinding it out. You could tell that this one didn’t come easily. And I just wish we would have won, first of all because winning is a fun and important thing to do, and secondly because we should have been able to do so. Britton came on for the eighth and kept the score as it was.
After all, we were the ones who scored first. Victorino doubled and later scored on a throwing error. The Royals scored all of their runs before we scored again. In the sixth, Nava singled, Drew doubled, and both scored on a single by Lavarnway.
And we failed to get another rally going after that. Ultimately, we lost, 4-3.