It was nice not to get shut out, it was nicer to win, and it was really nice to see Lester back to his old self again. I don’t know what the next start will bring, but I think the positive trend he’s been on lately is really a sight for sore eyes. He looks comfortable and at ease, which is a very good sign. Here’s to hoping he keeps it up.
Lester was winning yesterday, both literally and figuratively. He pitched seven and a third innings and gave up only one run on only three hits while walking only four. And striking out six. And he got the win, obviously. He went one-two-three in the first and second. He probably would have gone one-two-three in the third had Napoli not made a throwing error. He gave up a hit and a walk in the fourth and went one-two-three in the fifth and sixth. He gave up another hit and a walk in the seventh
Meanwhile, our big inning was the first. It was awesome. We were batting first, of course, so it meant that we won the game before the Dodgers even sent their first batter to the plate. Yeah, we’re that good.
Ellsbury led off the game by grounding out, but then Victorino got hit, Pedroia singled, Victorino scored on a single by Napoli, and Gomes hit an absolutely huge home run on his first pitch of the game. Seriously. It was a ninety-mile-per-hour fastball, and he just clocked it all the way to left center field. Ultimately, that ball stood no chance of staying inside the park. In short, it was awesome.
And then we spent the rest of the game doing nothing. To be honest, it’s a good thing Lester was as good as he was yesterday, because on another day our four runs may not have been enough to get the job done.
Our next rally came all the way in the eighth, when Victorino grounded out, Pedroia doubled, Napoli singled, Gomes popped out, and Drew walked to load the bases. But Middlebrooks ended the threat when he struck out looking.
The eighth inning was also when Lester got into trouble, if you could call it that. He was relieved after he secured the inning’s first out and issued a walk. The problem was that our relievers allowed inherited runners to score. Tazawa came on after that and gave up a single before securing the inning’s second out. And then Breslow came on and gave up a two-run double. So, yes, Lester was credited with a run, and so was Tazawa. But looking at the situation beyond the numbers, I’d say it was really Breslow’s fault.
Uehara pitched the rest of the eighth and picked up a save after his stellar ninth. The final score was a winning 4-2.