At least this series wasn’t a total loss. In fact, we ended up winning it. It’s always nice to end a series and a weekend on a high note, especially going into an off day. This is the third of four off days we have in this month alone, but it’s a nice schedule before heading into the playoffs. We’ll need to save up a lot now that our season has been extended.
Doubront pitched fantastically, giving up only two runs on four hits in seven innings. It was great. He gave up a run in the second thanks to a walk and two singles, and he gave up a solo shot to lead off the fifth and that was it. Other than that, he looked like he was in complete control of the situation.
Morales, however, did not. He almost got himself into trouble. Scratch that; he got himself into trouble and then managed to get himself out of it. The same can not be said of Uehara, who came on for the ninth and didn’t get himself into trouble in the first place.
We actually were down by one going into the bottom of the second, which Carp led off with a flyout. Then Nava singled, Middlebrooks flied out, Drew singled, Nava scored on a single by Lavarnway, and then everybody came home on a blast by Bradley on his second pitch of the game, one of two knuckleballs of the at-bat. He took the first one for a ball and launched the second one beyond the right field fence.
That was it until the sixth, which Papi led off by doing almost the exact same thing. He went yard on his first pitch, also a knuckleball, which he also deposited beyond the right field fence.
So the final score was 5-2. Both teams collected six hits each, but you really have to be careful when throwing knuckleballs. I believe that this game has officially illustrated the following fact: just because you’re a knuckleball pitcher doesn’t mean you’re Tim Wakefield.
By the way, I’m glad Yaz finally has a statue. It’s about time.
In other news, the Pats absolutely crushed the Bucs, winning 23-3.