The walk-off win, the Francona reunion. All of it dimmed in light of recent events. Life goes on, baseball goes on, but there’s a specter lingering.
Doubront vs. Jimenez.
Boston Red Sox:
1. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
2. RF: Shane Victorino
3. 2B: Dustin Pedroia
4. 1B: Mike Napoli
5. 3B: Will Middlebrooks
6. LF: Daniel Nava
7. DH: Jonny Gomes
8. C: David Ross
9. SS: Pedro Ciriaco
SP: Felix Doubront
1. CF: Drew Stubbs
2. SS: Asdrubal Cabrera
3. C: Carlos Santana
4. 1B: Nick Swisher
5. DH: Mark Reynolds
6. LF: Michael Brantley
7. 2B: Mike Aviles
8. 3B: Lonnie Chisenhall
9. RF: Ryan Raburn
SP: Ubaldo Jimenez
First run of the game in for Sox as David Ross walks with the bases loaded, 1 out.
Ciriaco sac fly. 2-0.
Ellsbury singles, 3-0. Victorino walks on 5 pitches. Jimenez has really fallen from grace past couple of years, but he could still put together a respectable outing…
Pedey BB, another run in, bases still loaded. Jimenez out. Sox have batted around and scored 4.
Napoli 2B. Bases cleared. 7-0. And I’m sure the city of Boston is grateful for this welcome distraction.
Well, um, game.
Tito does love those crooked number innings.
Injuns get one back.
Through 3 innings, Sox batters have seen 86 pitches.
Dear Yankees: Love the sentiment. Really do. Greatly appreciated. But, ahhh, Dirty Water, instead, please? Umkay thanks.
In the 3rd with 1 out, Doubront walks Drew Stubbs…a man with a lifetime MLB line of .240/.310/.383. Man.
No damage, but Doubront’s PC is 59 after 3.
A slightly improved pace of 74 after 4. Could conceivably pitch through six, would be nice.
Walked Stubbs again, 2 on, 1 out. Gol dern it.
K. Swisher up, still loaded, 2 down.
Passed ball = run. Then Swisher walks. Then Reynolds pops out, whew. 7-2 after 5.
And that should most certainly do it for Felix “5 innings” Doubront.
Win. 7-2 final.
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