Notes: Former Sox prospect Fields K's 4 for save

Notes: Former Sox prospect Fields K's 4 for save
August 6, 2013, 1:45 am
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HOUSTON – When the Red Sox lost Josh Fields to the Astros in the Rule 5 draft in December, there were some in the organization who were disappointed to see the right-hander go. With the way he pitched against the Sox Monday night at Minute Maid Park it was easy to see why.
 
Fields faced four batters, striking out each. He entered the game with two outs and runners on the corners in the eighth inning, getting Mike Napoli to chase a 94-mph fastball to end the inning.
 
In the ninth he faced Jonny Gomes, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Stephen Drew. Gomes and Drew chased fastballs, with Saltalamacchia doing the same on a curveball.
 
It was the first career save for Fields.
 
“I felt pretty good,” Fields said.  “I was trying to be as aggressive as I could. I knew I had one run for a cushion, so I was coming right after those guys as hard as I could hoping they’d get themselves out.”
 
“He looked good,” said Saltalamacchia. “His fastball came out pretty good. A little cutter, his curveball was pretty sharp. His mechanics I think is what gets you off of him. He’s real deceptive with that and comes at you real hard. And you got to be ready.”
 
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The Sox allowed six stolen bases in the game – three by Jonathan Villar, one each by Jose Altuve, L.J. Hoes, and Robbie Grossman. It was the most steals the Sox had allowed since giving up seven to the Rays on Sept. 16, 2011, at Fenway Park. The previous high for the season was four to the Phillies on May 29, also in game started by John Lackey.

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Lackey’s 10 strikeouts in the game marked his second double-digit strikeout game this season, giving the Sox pitching staff six such outings this season, with two each by Ryan Dempster and Clay Buchholz. It is the team’s most since 2010, with 10.

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Joel Hanrahan, who has been out since May 7 after season-ending Tommy John surgery, was in the Sox clubhouse before the game, and is expected to be with the team Tuesday. He lives in Frisco, Texas.
 
“He’ll be here today and tomorrow, part of a every-two-week check-in with us,” said manager John Farrell. “He’s making solid progress in the rehab.”