Now , that’s more like it! If a loss to the Yanks is my least favorite loss, then obviously a win over the Yanks is my most favorite win. And this one was sweet! It was modest enough to show that we don’t necessarily have to be flashy and slug it out to make it happen, but it was decisive enough to show that we could if we really wanted to. Ultimately, I particularly enjoyed that it showed that we are just better.
It would have been difficult for Lackey to do a better job. He was just one out shy of pitching seven innings, and he only gave up one run. He allowed six hits and three walks and only had one strikeout to his credit, but he got the job done anyway. He threw 103 pitches, so he was pretty efficient, but mostly it was just a matter of his command and control, which were in high gear. Scoring opportunity or no scoring opportunity, the Yanks couldn’t do much with his stuff.
He went one-two-three in the first and was almost in trouble in the second, during which he gave up two singles and two walks. But thanks to a timely and well-executed double play and a flyout, he escaped unscathed. He went one-two-three in the third and gave up two more singles in the fourth. In the fifth, he gave up a single, a double, and three straight groundouts, the second of which ended up scoring his only run. But, as I’ve said, if you have to allow a run, it’s always better if you manage to get an out in the process. He went one-two-three in the sixth, and he was taken out of the seventh after he allowed a walk, a double play, and a hit batsman.
Breslow took over and ended the inning, and he and Tazawa combined to pitch the eighth.
Meanwhile, we had at least one baserunner during each of the first three innings, but we didn’t score until the fourth, which Papi led off with a double followed by a single by Carp and a strikeout by Nava. Then Drew reached on a force attempt thanks to a throwing error, and Papi scored. Carp and Drew executed a double steal, Salty struck out, and Middlebrooks and Ellsbury hit back-to-back singles, scoring one run each. We went down in order in the fifth but turned it on again in the sixth, which Nava led off with a double. After Drew grounded out, Nava scored on a single by Salty, who scored on a double by Ellsbury with a little help from a throwing error. Pedroia led off the seventh by popping out, by Papi smacked a solo shot way deep, all the way out to center field, on a full-count changeup.
We had the bases loaded with two out in the eighth, but we didn’t score. Uehara pitched a solid ninth. And that’s how we beat the Yanks, 6-1. As I said, it was sweet.