Never believing that you’re out of a game is a very valuable skill. It makes you able to make sure hat you’re never out of a game. It would have been easier last night for us to just assume that we wouldn’t be able to score enough runs to keep a lead going. But then we wouldn’t have won big.
Allen Webster had a terrible night. And when I say terrible, I mean terrible. It was, well, terrible. In the first, he gave up a single and then a two-run shot. In the second, he loaded the bases with a single and two walks and then cleared them with a double. In the third he gave up a solo shot, a single, and a lineout before being replaced by Aceves, who gave up a triple that allowed his inherited runner to score.
So Webster gave up seven runs in less than three innings. Ouch. At the time, he was exceedingly fortunate that he had excellent run support. Somehow, we managed to survive his implosion by scoring enough runs to generate a one-run lead.
Papi led off the second with a solo shot, but the really big inning was the third, during which we scored five runs. Nava lined out, Victorino singled, and Pedroia smacked a two-run shot. Papi doubled, and Napoli smacked a two-run shot. Salty doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch during Iglesias’s at-bat, and scored on Holt’s sac fly. Nava got hit in the fourth and scored on a single by Pedroia, and Bradley hit a solo shot in the fifth.
Breslow came on for the fourth and stayed for the fifth and an out and a double in the sixth. Then it was Bailey’s turn. He finished the sixth and pitched through the seventh. Tazawa gave up a single that turned into a run on a groundout in the eighth.
That run would have tied the game at eight had it not been for some clutch hitting in the top of the frame. Victorino appropriately led it off with a solo shot. Then Pedroia lined out, Papi singled, Napoli struck out, Salty walked intentionally, and then Iglesias and Holt each singled in a run. And Uehara pitched the ninth.
So, in total, that’s sixteen hits, three doubles, and a whopping five home runs! The score, thanks to our resilient attitude, was 11-8.