John Lackey has been a bit of a nemesis against the Ms owning a career 13-9 record with an ERA of 3.64 before tonight’s game. He fell behind 1-0 in the third when Milton Bradley, gamer that he, is doubled in the first run. Next hitter Olivo is called out on a terrible call at first base and MB took umbrage with the second base ump in what looked like regular conversation and the blue boy rung him.
Then in the sixth inning my own personal favorite of the week Jack Cust, singles to left field against the shift and rumbles around to third on Saunder’s single and a Ryan sacrifice. Jack Wilson hits a medium deep fly to former Oregon State centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Jack tags up and heads to home to try to score on the sac fly. The camera set up was perfect as Cust ran and Ellsbury’s throw came towards home. What seemed like a piece of cake turned into this four seconds of near agony as Cust resembled a big rig going through the gears to get up to merging speed and the ball kept getting closer and closer. Thankfully the ball was off line a bit to the first base side and Cust slide in on a cloud of dust. A better throw might have got him, but he was in. Note to thirdbase coach Jeff Datz, Cust runs like a killer whale on land. Note to self, close eyes when situation develops again.
Doug Fister pitches out of a bases loaded, no outs hair ball and hands it over to Aaron Laffey for two and a third innings, the scariest part of Laffey’s time was getting big Papi to fly out to deep left with guys on second and third. Brandon League gets the save in the 9th.
They did not hit as they had in the first four games of this winning streak, but they got ahead and the pitching stood up with some great defensive plays to behind them.
13-15 is delightful and should be enjoyed as a wonderful dish of chocolate ice cream or your favorite twenty year old scotch. It is just very nice thank you.
Their pitching is good enough to play well. They have a very good infield defense and the outfield defense without Gutirriez is adequate and will improve with his return. Generally, though if they can hit like this they will compete. If not it is like the previous few weeks.