Let’s talk about A-Rod for a moment, shall we? And, you know, the fact that, somehow, the rules have allowed him to still play while he appeals a suspension for drugs, among other things. It’s just ridiculous. He’s appealing the suspension, and as a result he can still play. Even though he was suspended. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. He first came to bat when he led off the second, and Dempster was not about to fool around. He threw four four-seam fastballs. The first one was low, and the second and third were both inside. So A-Rod had a 3-0 count when Dempster hit him in the back. A-Rod took first, slowly I might add, and home plate umpire Brian O’Nora warned both teams. When Joe Girardi realized that Dempster wasn’t getting ejected, he himself was after he threw his hat on the ground and made his displeasure known. But the truth of the matter is that ballplayers the league over don’t understand why A-Rod is playing. And fans the league over don’t understand why A-Rod is playing. And it’s entirely possible that umpires the league over don’t understand why A-Rod is playing either. All Dempster really did was let him know it.
Unfortunately for us, it kind of backfired. Dempster then gave up a double, an RBI single, and a successful sac fly. In the third, he gave up two consecutive singles, a lineout, and a groundout that scored one run. But it was really the sixth inning that did us in for sure. The Evil Empire scored four runs that inning, and without that inning, we would have won, all else being equal. The inning began when who but A-Rod hit a solo shot. After a groundout, Dempster gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. Britton came on and didn’t give up a grand slam. But he did give up the next-worse thing: a bases-clearing triple.
Until the sixth inning, we were in the lead by three. Ellsbury walked to lead off the first, Victorino singled, Pedroia flied out, and Papi walked to load the bases. Then Ellsbury scored on a sac fly by Gomes and Victorino scored on a single by Salty. We went down in order in the second, but Victorino doubled and scored on a groundout by Papi. Salty doubled to lead off the fourth and scored on a sac fly by Drew, and Middlebrooks unloaded on the second pitch of his at-bat and sent it all the way beyond the right field fence. It was huge. And it was fast; that ball just rocketed out of the park.
Victorino grounded out to lead off the fifth, but then Pedroia singled, Papi doubled, Gomes popped out, and Salty walked intentionally. And then we scored a run in what is probably one of the more embarrassing methods for an opposing pitcher. Nava walked with the bases loaded. It was awesome.
With one on and two out in the seventh, Workman was replaced by Morales, who gave up an RBI single. Morales and Tazawa both pitched the eighth, and De La Rosa hit a batter to lead off the ninth, which later turned into a run on a single.
So we went from leading by three to losing by three; the final score was 9-6.