Doubront lacks command in loss to Rays

Doubront lacks command in loss to Rays
July 30, 2013, 9:00 am
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BOSTON -- Felix Doubront had another shot to go head-to-head with David Price on Monday night at Fenway Park, less than a week after he failed to match Price's complete-game effort last Wedneday in a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

But Doubront just didn't have it from the get-go, and picked up his fifth loss of the season in a game that he somehow only allowed two runs in five innings.

The Rays had eight hits off Doubront on Monday night to go along with three walks. Still, Doubront wasn't able to go more than five innings while throwing 104 pitches, 57 for strikes.

"Tonight, Felix seemingly never got into a rhythm," said Red Sox manager John Farrell after the 2-1 loss. "Somehow he found a way to keep single runs on the board with the number of base runners that they were able to put on. And just kind of a struggle for Felix right out of the gate.

"Tonight it was command. It wasn't a flaw in his delivery. He just didn't have as sharp of command and wasn't working ahead in the count as he has been."

Doubront described his outing as "very poor", even after feeling good during his bullpen.

"I was all over," said Doubront. "I couldn't get ahead. All my pitches were a little bit off. It was frustrating because I was feeling good, man. In my bullpen, I felt good, playing catch. But in the game, it wasn't there.

"My arm was like too slow, something like that. I couldn't figure it out in the moment. I was trying my best."

His best, on Monday night, wasn't good enough.