We can’t underscore how big tonight’s game was for the psyche of the team. A sweep to start such a brutal part of the schedule would have been very damaging. Once again, good pitching makes you look like a good baseball team. Scott Kazmir, put together his second strong outing of the young season, going 5.2 innings giving up 4 hits, and 1 run while striking out seven. More importantly, he walked only one batter. He is still throwing too many pitches, with 101 before being removed with a cramp in his hand. The offense was led by Jonny Gomes, who hit two balls that might still be traveling. The second home run of the night was the sweetest, as it came off that idiot Julian “I am cray-Z” Tavarez. Without the ability to retaliate directly against Tavarez for sucker-punching Joey Gathright in spring training, the next best thing is to beat on his batting practice fastballs. Tavarez faced three batters, giving up Gomes’ moonshot, and back-to-back doubles to Damon Hollins and Ty Wiggington. We very much enjoyed that sequence. We are still giggling like school girls thinking about it. On the health watch, Carl Crawford was back in the lineup after missing one game with a sore shoulder.