I was at a reunion of my old Tower colleagues last night at Josie Wood's in the Village (coincidentally my Wednesday night Trivia home) and watching some baseball as the night progressed. I snuck peeks as the Cash Cow was giving up five solo shots to the Tampa Bay Rays as the Red Sox lead in the East expanded to 1 1/2 games.
But of course I kept in the back of my mind that John Lackey is pitching for the Sox in Seattle later on.
And it started out ugly, as Seattle had two runs in and two on with none out in the first. This could get really ugly.
Fortunately, it didn't. The Sox came back with two quick runs, the first a Big Papi bomb to center. The Mariners added runs in the second and fourth, but Lackey settled in after that, going one batter into the 7th.
Josh Reddick hit a bomb to right in the sixth with a man on, and Jed Lowrie added a solo shot in the seventh to make it 6-4. The bullpen shut Seattle down the rest of the way (they had two on and none out in the 7th and didn't score) with Jonathan Papelbon looking sharp as usual in getting his 27th save of the season.
Lackey gets his 11th win of the season, as the offense pulled him out of the fire again. He has an ERA of 6.13. Josh Beckett goes for the Sox tonight. He has a record of 9-4 and ERA of 2.17.
Does that illustrate very clearly how meaningless the win statistic can be or what?