7.26.12 Red Sox @ Indians - Meat Pie
Indianapolis reaches out and touches faith, 5-1. Win goes to the wild and woolly Chris Leroux.
Leroux pitched five shutout innings and then split, having thrown 74 pitches, two of which were reportedly 'wild'. He walked one, K'd three, and gave up three hits. So he's at 1-0. Okay, I'll have to figure that out later on.
No! Let's do this right now! Zut alors! I mentioned yesterday that Rudy Owens was supposed to start, but the stupid Houston Astros got all weird about letting their new pitcher start one more game for his old team. Okay, weirdos. So Leroux got the spot start.
PawSox meat unit Tony Pena Jr, who is a carbon-based life form with a circulatory system, occupied space on a pile of dirt and threw a ball toward a dazzling array of hitters. He did not allow a home run, but he gets the loss, which I'm sure he accepted with reasonable grace.
I keep wanting to say 'The Bats', even though Louisville is well behind the PawSox. But it's the Indians, and the Indians put their first two runs up in the third inning. Pena walked Jeff Larish to lead things off. Jeff Larish was on the PawSox for like 60 seconds, but Lars Anderson beat the shit out of him and he headed for the Pirates org. Larish later scored after a pair of singles. And then a second run appeared by way of a sac fly. Jose Tabata was involved.
The Indians commenced the beatings once more in the sixth inning. Tony Pena led things off by hitting Jose Tabata with a pitch. First baseman Matt Hague then singled, Tabata tried for third but was thrown out by JC Linares. But the next batter was big Jeff Clement, the Doubles King of Indianapolis. Clement doubled, scoring Hague. Then Brandon Boggs doubled and Clement scored. Then Garrett Mock rightly took over pitching duties. Mock got the last couple of outs, but what was the point? 4-0.
Indianapolis shortstop Chase d'Arnaud tripled in the seventh inning, which was great because Anderson Hernanderson singled right after that. 5-0. I'm sure Pawtucket's despair was palpable.
The PawSox picked up their sole run in the eighth inning. Jon(athan) Hee led things off with a double. An error allowed Jason Repko to get on base. When Ryan Lavarnway came up, he grounded into a force that scored Hee. Not terribly exciting, but the game isn't all K's and HR's. Sometimes there's SAC and GIDP and HBP.
I suppose that's it. If you wanna read something more in depth, then check out this terrific game story by Nancy Zinni. It's way better than anything I could churn out.
goodbye starling, it's been nice:
1. Jon Hee led the PawSox in the hit department with two. Glorious. Alex Hassan hurt himself by fouling off his shin or something. Reports are sketchy.
2. " His last outing for Indy was great, too. Last two games: 9ip, 4h, 0r, 2bb, 8k. 57 pitches last outing, 74 tonight. He averaged 93.7mph in 2011, can hit 96, and did well as a starter in winter ball. He had the 2nd best xFIP on the team last year (in 25ip of relief, but it’s something). He hasn’t started since his first pro season in ’06, but could we have something with Leroux?" - commenter 'Gregg' on Leroux. (from Bucs Dugout)
3. "HIs problem this offseason was Pirates didn’t want to start him because he hadn’t thrown enough innings the year before and he had no options. He potentially is going to run into the same difficulty this offseason. But he’s expressed his desire to start. If nothing else he comes up Sept. 1 or so and contributes." - more on Leroux, same as before.