We pulled out all the stops for this one. The Monster in particular had a very busy night what with all the long balls coming at it. That was awesome. Home runs were not hard to come by, and admittedly they usually result when a pitcher misses his mark, but you need good hitters to spot those mistakes, and we were most definitely on watch.
Doubront cruised through the first two. In the third he gave up two singles and hit a batter to load the bases, and then he walked in a run and gave up a successful sac fly.
And that inning was literally his only blemish. He didn’t go the distance, but he looked really sharp. He didn’t face more than four batters in an inning during the rest of his start. He gave up just those two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out seven overall during his start.
He was replaced in the seventh by Thornton, and Britton pitched the eighth and ninth.
But we scored more. In the first, Victorino walked and scored on a sac fly by Papi. We went down in order in the second, but we were back at it in the third. Middlebrooks led it off with a single, and after Ellsbury flied out, Victorino unleashed on a four-seam on a 3-1 count. The ball sailed toward the Monster, and we had ourselves two more runs. The four was our big frame, though. We scored five runs in the fourth. Napoli led it off with another home run on another four-seam toward the Monster yet again. Then Salty singled, Drew walked, Middlebrooks struck out, Ellsbury singled which led to Drew being thrown out at third, and Victorino got hit, which loaded the bases. Salty and Ellsbury both scored on a double by Pedroia, Papi walked intentionally, and Gomes doubled in Victorino and Pedroia.
We didn’t even skip a beat and scored three runs in the fifth. The Orioles picked up two outs in the process, but Drew walked, Ellsbury singled, and then Victorino went yard again on the second pitch of his at-bat, a slider this time. Also toward the Monster. I’m sensing a theme.
We took a break in the sixth before Middlebrooks singled, Ellsbury doubled, and both scored on a double by Victorino in the seventh.
And that was a wrap! The final score was 13-2.