Doubront looks to move forward after disappointing start

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Doubront looks to move forward after disappointing start

BOSTON Felix Doubront wasted little time exhibiting that this start would be unlike his previous two.

In his last two outings, both against the Marlins, in Miami on June 13 and at Fenway Park on June 20, Doubront went a combined 13 innings, giving up a total of six runs on 12 hits and one walk with 13 strikeouts. In six innings in his last start he gave up four runs.

But against the Blue Jays Monday night, he gave up that many runs in his first inning, as the Sox lost to the Blue Jays, 9-6.

Doubront threw 27 pitches, 16 for strikes, in the first inning, allowing the first four batters to reach. He opened the game giving up a single to Brett Lawrie before Colby Rasmus 14th home run of the season, on a curveball. Jose Bautista reached on a Will Middlebrooks error, scoring on Edwin Encarnacions double. He retired Kelly Johnson on a flyout to Daniel Nava in left field before Yunel Escobars single to right, scoring Encarnacion. Rajai Davis reached on a fielders choice, erasing Escobar. With Ben Francisco batting, Davis was caught stealing to end the inning.

In all Doubront went six innings, giving up a seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits, a walk, and two home runs, with two strikeouts. In 18 career starts, it was a career high in runs allowed, and the first time he has allowed double-digit hits. The two strikeouts match a career low in a start.

Doubront threw 83 pitches, 61 strikes. His record falls to 8-4 with a 4.54 ERA.

I think he was trying to throw a lot of strikes and didnt want to waste a lot of pitches and it seems like a lot of them got hit, said manager Bobby Valentine. Not that they were all hit hard thats for sure. I'd say he gave up six or seven hits that were off the end of the bat or jammed, about four of them were hit hard. It wasnt his best outing but hell improve on that.

Despite the starkly different outcomes, Doubront said he took the same approach in this game as he has in others. The difference?

Couple of bad pitches, he said. One of those days, too.

I felt pretty good but one of those days when I felt good that nothing happened. Just let it go and move forward. Looking forward to my next start.

Doubront is at 85 13 innings pitched this season, nearly at his total of 87 23 last season, when he was limited by injuries. Valentine said he doesnt see that as a factor in Doubronts performance.

I think hes fine. I think hes still building, Valentine said.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Rays.

 

QUOTES:

"I didn't know I could really do that.'' - Mookie Betts, who marveled at his throw from the right field corner which nailed Kevin Kiermaier -- attempting to stretch a double into a triple -- at third in the eighth inning.

"He's playing a huge role for us right now. He's stepped in, he's built his arm strength and given us almost 13 very strong innings the last two outings.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"I don't know that we ever lost faith in the talent of Clay. He was in a rut for quite some time. . . But the jolt that he's given us from the spot starts he's made, he's kept us rolling.'' - Farrell on Buchholz.

"You'd have to ask John about that. I have no idea. I've tried to make the most of (the opportunity) and if a decision has to be made, make it a hard one.'' - Buchholz, when asked if he's made a case to stay in the rotation.

 

NOTES:

* The Red Sox improved to a season-best 17 games over .500

* The win was just the fourth for the Red Sox this season when scoring two or one runs.

* The win was the first for Clay Buchholz as a starter since May 9.

* David Ortiz moved into sixth place on the Red Sox' all-time hit list, passing Bobby Doerr with 2.043 hits.

* Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has reached base in 16 straight.

* Andrew Benintendi recorded his eighth multi-hit game, the first Red Sox player to do so in his first 20 games since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007

* Mookie Betts recorded his 10th outdield assist, placing him third among major league right fielders.

* Craig Kimbrel has a 1.08 ERA in save situations this year and 6.06 in non-save situations.

* Kimbrel has recorded a save in each of his last five appearances.

 

STARS:

1) Clay Buchholz

To say that this was Buchholz's best start of the season is to damn with faint praise, since there haven't been many good ones. But this was very good: 6 1/3 innings, one run on five hits with a season-high nine strikeouts.

2) Mookie Betts

Betts has only been a pro outfielder for a little more than two years, but that didn't look to be the case when he fired a strike from the right field corner to cut down a baserunner at third with one out in the eighth inning.

3) Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel was dominant in the ninth, protecting a one-run lead with two strikeouts and a soft lineout to left.