May 7, 2012

G28: Red Sox 11, Royals 5

Red Sox - 401 200 040 - 11 16  1
Royals  - 022 000 100 -  5 10  0
Felix Doubront (6.1-7-5-3-2, 111) did his job, pitching into the seventh inning, and Will Middlebrooks cracked two home runs and a double to help the Red Sox snap a five-game losing streak.
Doubront was victimized by some bad luck in both the second and third innings, when the Royals scored a total of four runs. Marlon Byrd muffed a fly ball from Mike Moustakas in deep center in the second - instead of one out and a man on first, KC had runners on second and third and no outs - and Middlebrooks committed a two-base throwing error in the third. One run scored on the error and a second run scored on a ground ball.

Boston jumped out to a 4-0 lead when Dustin Pedroia walked with one out and David Ortiz singled. After Cody Ross struck out, Adrian Gonzalez ((2-for-5) singled home Pedroia and Middlebrooks drove the ball just inside the right field pole for three more runs.

Ortiz went deep in the third (#7) and Pedroia smacked an opposite field two-run shot in the fourth. In the eighth, Ross doubled in two runs and Middlebrooks lined a shot off the left field pole for two more, giving him 5 RBI for the night.

Middlebrooks had at least one extra-base hit in each of his first four major league games. No other player in Red Sox history has done that for more than two games. In the four games since his call-up, Middlebrooks had hit two singles, three doubles, and three home runs.

Ortiz (home run, two singles, two intentional walks) and Pedroia (home run, double, three walks) each reached base five times. They each scored three runs.

In the fourth inning, Kelly Shoppach, in the 1,526th plate appearance of his nine-year career, hit his first triple. It was the longest triple drought of any active player.

The play of the game came in the bottom of the seventh. Doubront loaded the bases with one out and then walked in a run - cutting Boston's lead to 7-5 - before Bobby Valentine finally pulled him. Vicente Padilla came in and got Billy Butler on a high chopper to second. Pedroia started a 4-6-3 double play, ending the threat. And the Red Sox padded their lead with four runs in the next inning.

Kudos to Valentine for sticking with Padilla (2.2-3-0-0-1, 39) for the rest of the game. Padilla gave the rest of the bullpen a night off and picked up his first save of the season.
Felix Doubront / Jonathan Sanchez
Aviles, SS
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Ross, RF
Gonzalez, 1B
Middlebrooks, 3B
McDonald, LF
Byrd, CF
Shoppach, C
Back on the horse.

This is Day 4 of the Red Sox's three-week stretch without a day off (20 games in 20 days). Boston has gotten off to an extremely rocky start, playing games of 13, 9, and 17 innings - and losing all three. (And the press is having a - WARNING: link to a noxious character assassination piece of shit follows - field day.)

The bullpen has thrown 26.2 innings in the past three games, and is spent after yesterday's marathon loss to the Orioles - only Clayton Mortensen had Sunday off - so we need innings from Felix.

The Red Sox are on the road for only these three games in Kansas City. Then it's back to Fenway Park for four games against Cleveland and two games against the Mariners.


gary said...

For the second time in a week, Gonzalez's failure to come through in the clutch spoke volumes about the man's charisma.


FenFan said...

Back on the horse.

Exactly. No one is going to feel sorry for them at this point. That's all that can be done right now.

Doubront has not pitched more than six in his five starts. I suspect that Miller will be available from the 'pen since his outing in relief of BBuchholz was brief.

FenFan said...

Read Abraham's piece on EB in Extra Bases, which focused on his numbers since the 2011 All-Star break.

I have to admit that EB's performance (or lack thereof) yesterday has me cursing him out loud from the stands.

allan said...


Yeah. At least write coherently if you are going to rip a guy for not doing his job well enough.

I did not read the whole thing, but what I saw was so bad, I think even CHB might have thought Wilbur went too far.

Jere said...

Never turned on/checked any sports media today--not in a "I kinda did just a little but I'm saying I didn't to appear to be above it" way, in a literal way.

Anyway, I'm gonna go check out Dice at McCoy at 6:15 and then get home in time for the Boston Red Sox game.

Mark said...

Were there any roster moves made to get fresh arms in the pen?

allan said...


Valentine: "It would have meant taking somebody who doesn't deserve to go down off the roster and considering no one pitched on consecutive days other than [Scott Atchison], we might have enough. Hope so."

Hope so, too.

Kathryn said...

I have to admit that EB's performance (or lack thereof) yesterday has me cursing him out loud from the stands.

How about when he struck out on three pitches? To the first baseman?

9casey said...

Kudos , to Padilla actually getting outs and allowing Bobby not to make a move..

9casey said...

From pete abe:

• One of Ryan Sweeney's cousins caught Pedroia's home run. Sweeney said so in the clubhouse then I ran into the cousins in the elevator and they backed up the story and had the ball.

Those are the best seats he could get them...

JP said...

Middlebrooks is 3/4 of the way toward hitting the career HR cycle, with GS, 3-run, and 2-run HRs (in that order) as his first career HRs. I would be interested to learn who got the fastest career HR cycle to begin a career.

wardo said...

And in the schadenfreude category, Papelbon blew a save. To a rookie.