Frustration gets better of Doubront

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Frustration gets better of Doubront

BOSTON The frustration was evident on Felix Doubronts face and in his body language, both during the game, and after.

I got a little bit frustrated for those calls, and then it was a couple mistakes after that, Doubront said.

Those couple mistakes erased a four-run lead in the fifth inning, leading to the Red Sox third consecutive loss, second straight to the Twins, 6-5 in 10 innings Friday night at Fenway Park.

Leading 5-1 going into the fifth, Doubront gave up a lead-off single to No. 9 hitter, Jamey Carroll, who was erased on Denard Spans fielders choice. A single by Ben Revere and a walk to Joe Mauer loaded the bases. A five-pitch walk to Josh Willingham pushed in Span for one run. And a two-run single by Justin Morneau scored Revere and Mauer. Danny Valencias sacrifice fly to right scored Willingham, tying the score, 5-5.

Doubront lasted just five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts. He threw 97 pitches, 60 strikes. He was not involved in the decision, and his ERA went from 4.37 to 4.56.

Doubront had runners on base in each of his five innings. He gave up one run in the second, but it was the fifth that was his undoing. On several pitches, he seemed to take exception to home plate umpire Mark Wegners calls.

When I dont get those calls, I started throwing the ball, committing mistakes, leaving the ball up in the zone, and down, I was a little bit, not right, he said.

Dustin Pedroia visited him on the mound for an animated conversation.

He said stay calm because I thought that pitch was close for Wegner to call it a strike, Doubront said. I just got a little bit frustrated.

It was a roaming strike zone tonight, said manager Bobby Valentine. But his ball was really moving. Catcher Kelly Shoppach said that his ball was moving both ways. It was tough to call. It kept running and darting. I couldnt see it from my perspective.

That fifth inning, that bloop over third base by Revere I think upset him a little, and the two-strike hit upset him. A couple of pitches upset him. He had Morneau with two strikes and he hit it off the end of the bat. He just missed making that pitch to get him out of the inning which hes been making all year.

Doubront had become the de facto stopper on the staff the season, going 5-1 with a 3.55 ERA in nine starts after a Sox loss. The team had been 7-2 in those games, entering Friday night. After losing the previous two games, the Sox could have used a stopper for this one.

Doubront has already logged 118 13 innings this season, well above the 87 23 he threw last season. But he said fatigue is not an issue.

No, no, no, not at all, he said. I feel pretty good, my arm feels good, not tired."

Doubront is tied with Jon Lester for the staff lead in quality starts, with 11. He did not add to that number against the Twins Friday.

Thats baseball, man, he said. You have to do better than that, and just tomorrow is another day. Just keep going.

First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

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First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Boston’s bullpen continues to be a roll of the dice every night.

This time Matt Barnes was the latest reliever to suffer from the plague that’s filled this bullpen all season.

Part of it was bad luck on two perfectly placed balls, the other part was Raul Mondesi lacing a triple, and Lorenzo Cain smacking a single.

Robbie Ross was better, but not by much.

No lead seems safe in the hands of any Boston reliever.

 

David Ortiz keeps putting himself in the same breath as legendary Hall of Famers.

This time it was former Red Sox great Jimmie Foxx, who Ortiz is now tied with at 534 home runs, 18th all time.

Early in the season he’d match a legendary player every so often, it was impressive. Now it’s almost to be expected every night he plays.

Next on the all-time home run list is Yankee Legend Mickey Mantle with 536.

 

The bottom of the order continues to play an important role in Boston’s run production.

Chris Young got things started in the fifth, then Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. kept it rolling so both Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts could cash in all three runners.

Moving JBJ back to ninth Saturday proved to be a good move, and moving Leon back down with his recent scuffles seems to be the best move, too.

Not only can they knock each other in any given instance, but they also put Dustin Pedroia (or Holt) and Bogaerts in run-producing situations, as opposed to just setting the table.

 

Chris Young’s hamstring shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

He was able to leg out the soft grounder to third base in the first inning.

Young has lost a step or two with age, but it seemed like he opened it up on the play.

Hopefully that’s a sign of the end of the injuries in left field this season.

 

Junichi Tazawa looked strong.

That’s more so an observation of his fastball reaching 94 mph.

Tazawa has a long way to go before he’s back to where he was, but the righty took a step in the right direction Sunday night. He retired Kansas City’s 2-3-4 hitters in his first inning and working past a leadoff single in his second inning of work.