Final Score: Nationals 4, Red Sox 2
Dame of the Game:
Gio Gonzalez: 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K. Mike Gonzalez did not manage the runners he inherited from Gio very well, allowing two of them to score. In related news, Mike Gonzalez was recently removed from Gio Gonzalez’s will.
Shame of the Game:
Daisuke Matsuzaka: 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K. First the earthquake and nuclear meltdown, and now this guy’s representing them again. Tough times for the Japanese.
The Curse of the Bambino, caused by the Red Sox selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees, prevented Boston from winning a World Series for 86 years. Now the Red Sox have a new curse to contend with: the Curse of F. P. Santangelo, caused by F. P. merely entering Fenway Park. Since that happened, the Red Sox have not won a game against the Nationals. The curse is indisputable. I have never seen a more obvious causal chain.
Gio Gonzalez helped the curse along by holding the Red Sox at bay into the 7th inning. His biggest scare of the night happened when he and Jesus Flores got crossed up, leading to Flores getting hit in the crotch with a curveball. By the law of the Curse of the Catcher, Flores’ cup should have shattered into millions of tiny cup-pieces which would embed in his groin, rendering him incapable of catching again or fathering children. However, he was fine. This startling turn of events leads me to believe that perhaps the Nationals can only have one curse at a time and F. P. Santangelo has rendered the old curse obsolete through his Santangelic powers.
When Adam LaRoche hit his second inning home run off Matsuzaka, he inwardly cackled to himself as he rounded the bases. “What fools the Red Sox were to let me go!,” he thought. Then he realized that Boston was able to replace him with David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, and Adrian Gonzalez, and he quickly returned to his perpetual state of inner calm.
Tyler Clippard slammed the door on the Red Sox. Both in that he got the save, and also in that Will Middlebrooks had a tooth that hurt a lot and he wanted to get pulled, but he didn’t want to go to a dentist because he has a nightmare about dentists every night. So he asked Tyler to tie a string to his tooth, connect it to a doorknob, and slam the door. The operation went flawlessly, unlike when Middlebrooks had previously asked Henry Rodriguez to do it, and he tied the string to his nose.