Sunday, September 2, 2012

Doubront Shelled, Sox Stymied, Just Another Day (62-72)

Doubront lasted only three innings
The Red Sox are just painful to watch right now; it seems like not only do they not win much, but they just don't win-- yes the stakes are low right now, but it'd be nice to see a win every once in a while. Instead of pointing us in the right direction, Felix Doubront put the Red Sox behind almost immediately. Light-hitting A's leadoff hitter Coco Crisp homered on the fourth pitch of the game. Doubront actually got out of there largely unscathed an prevented a big rally in the second, but he ran into a bunch of trouble in the third. That started with a leadoff single for Coco Crisp, who was promptly thrown out at the plate on a Johnny Gomes double. However, Gomes scored soon after on an RBI single by Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes stole second and third and scored (along with Chris Carter) on a Brandon Inge double. Inge would score on a single for Derek Norris.

That would be Doubront's last inning as the lefty lasted all of three innings, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks, striking out six. Alfredo Aceves came in next and pitched a strong fourth before having a bit of trouble in the fifth. Cliff Pennington singled with one out in the inning then stole second to put himself in scoring position. He'd score when rookie Derek Norris singled to left to make it 6-1 in the fifth. The Sox got their only bright spot in the sixth, starting with a Ryan Lavarnway single. Lavarnway was quickly erased on a forceout as Pedro Ciriaco took his place. Ciriaco would eventually score on a single for Dustin Pedroia. However, that run would be erased on a solo home run in the seventh for Chris Carter, extending it to 7-1.

Bright Spots:
Alfredo Aceves- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Dull Spots:
Felix Doubront- 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 K, L (10-7)
Daniel Bard- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 K
Offense- 4-31, 1 R, 1 RBI, 7 K

Player of the Game:
Alfredo Aceves- Despite not pitching all that well, he did eat up three innings out of the bullpen, which is worth something-- he is now 2-9, 4.73.

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