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Our long national nightmare ends: The Red Sox win a game

Apr 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates with teammate Jacoby Ellsbury in Boston

It wasn’t pretty — God, it wasn’t pretty — but the Red Sox are finally in the win column, having beat the Yankees 9-6.

This was a game, more than any other, that puts lie to the significance of the win stat. Because John Lackey got the win despite pitching terribly: five innings, seven hits and six runs allowed.  His saving grace: Phil Hughes was way worse, allowing six runs on seven hits in two innings. He didn’t strike out a batter. His velocity, while not quite as bad as his first start (at least judging by NESN’s gun) wasn’t great, and he didn’t fool any Red Sox hitters.

The question after this one is whether Hughes is totally healthy. It wouldn’t shock me to see him DL’d for some reason. Or perhaps to have his next start skipped. If so, Joe Girardi has the option of inserting Bartolo Colon in his place. Colon was actually pretty good in middle relief today despite taking the loss, striking out five in four and a third innings and flashing good speed and movement.

Offensively, Terry Francona’s gambit of putting Carl Crawford in the leadoff spot wasn’t exactly a masterstroke given that he was 0 for 5, but most of the other guys in the lineup hit.

Most importantly, however, is the fact that this game has taken a giant weight off the Red Sox’ shoulders. Now that they will no longer be asked “when will you win?!” the season can truly begin for them. Or at the very least get normal.

  1. uuddlrlrbastart - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    And after all the doom and gloom, the Sox are only 3 games behind the Yankees. Playing 3 games better than the Yankees over the next 155 games seems quite possible.

  2. baseballisboring - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    yep…get used to it.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    When even Tex can’t get an out on a gimme double play ball, and JD Drew can’t either run the bases or play the OF, you know this was just a train wreck.

  4. bigxrob - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    When I read colon was “flashing good speed and movement”, I initially read that as him actually moving, than I realized that you meant his pitches.

  5. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Who cares, both teams blow. Suck on that East coast! Go Braves…oh wait. Dammit.

  6. randomdigits - Apr 8, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    While I was enjoying the Red Sox losing streak I can never be unhappy with a Yankee loss.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:12 PM

      You Pittsburgh Pirates fans are so CraZy.

  7. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 8, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    The greatest team ever assembled in Baseball history just won their first game, please
    have them fitted for the World Series rings.

  8. toosoxy - Apr 8, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    I’m encouraged. The offense pulled it together, despite a poor outing from Lackey- and I feel good about this series. Lackey was the pitcher I was the most concerned with- and the offense rallied for a win. So I’m optimistic about Sat-Sun.

  9. cur68 - Apr 9, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Blue Jays just won. With the Yankees loss, the Jays are solidly in 2nd with the O’s leading the division. Great start. My boys seem to find a way to get it done.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2011 at 2:57 AM

      Meet me on Queen West in October for a smoothie. Then we’ll stroll over to the Rogers together and link up with ProudlyCanadian. Margo Timmins will sing “O Canada.” Then I’ll split and leave you guys to enjoy the game without having a hegemonic colonialist up with which to put.

  10. frankvzappa - Apr 9, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    there should be an entire article devoted to Nick Swisher breaking his ankles on that godawful swing

  11. baseballstars - Apr 9, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    The Sox should praise the God of Great Pitching Matchups for giving them Phil Hughes. Hughes has looked like dog crap since the eighth game of last year, sans a few games. During that time, his ERA is very close to being on par with AJ Burnett. He needs to be sent back to Triple A so he can build up some trade value. I’ve lost hope for him.

    And Girardi, for the love of God, Satan, and all that is holy and evil, STOP using Boone Logan in key situations!!!!!!1! Take a look at his stats in your big black binder – last year was an OUTLIER.

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