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It was to be the biggest highlight for the Red Sox in quite some time: Jon Lester vs Tim Lincecum. It wasn’t meant to be. Fortunately, it wound up in Boston’s favor. The Franchise was chased from the game by Boston’s lineup after just three innings, leading to a 5-1 Boston victory. It didn’t take long for Boston to take the lead, as David “Big Papi” Ortiz homered into the bay just past right field off a misplaced changeup from Tim “The Freak” Lincecum. But the Giants didn’t want to wait around. Andres Torres singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, and promptly stole 2nd and 3rd. That enabled him to score on a groundout.
Then, Timmy Lincecum ran into a whole heap of trouble. The very next inning, with runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out, Darnell McDonald was intentionally walked to get to Jon Lester. The result was a sacrifice fly, followed by an RBI single from Marco Scutaro. But the real story came in the bottom of the frame, when Victor Martinez took a foul tip off his left thumb and his left foot (the same injured toe from earlier in the season) all in the same play. He stayed in the game, but came out right before the bottom of the 4th, having flown out in the 3rd.
After the Red Sox added another run in the 3rd, the Giants had their best chance to score another run with runners at the corners in the 4th with one out, but a strikeout and popout squashed that threat. There really was not anything else to speak of, though J.D. Drew tripled to lead off the 6th and was stranded, and Adrian Beltre homered in the 9th after being defensively substituted in the 7th. That eliminated the potential save situation, guaranteeing that Lester would come out for the complete game, giving the bullpen some GREATLY needed rest.
You know why.
As it turns out, Martinez fractured his catching thumb, which means he will certainly be heading to the DL. The problem is, if he knew his toe and thumb were both hurting severely, he should have gone out of the game instead of insisting on playing, which risked further damage and completely screwed up the team’s mojo. Not to mention, he allowed two more stolen bases, to the most non-stealing team in baseball at that.
“I don’t quite understand the police escort we had today because he didn’t do anything.” – Jerry Remy on getting to the ballpark on Gay Pride Weekend in San Francisco.
W: Jon Lester (9-3)
L: Tim Lincecum (8-3)