Sunday, August 4, 2013

'Cat-Man' Do, Red Sox, Too; Take D'Backs, 4-0

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Felix Doubront is slowly becoming the starting pitcher who best represents this 2013 edition of the Carmine Hose. Somewhat underrated, gritty, with a workmanlike consistency and lots of winning. On Sunday, Doubront went seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits and—amazingly for Felix—no walks in a 4-0 win. Doubront has now given up three runs or fewer in his last 15 starts. He has learned a pitch efficiency that eluded him early in the year—and now allows him to go past five or so innings. Shane Victorino—after smashing into the right-field wall—hit right-handed against righties the rest of the day. Nonetheless, he collected two key hits and was hit by pitches twice. Stephen Drew—starting to heat up offensively—also had two hits. Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury had RBIs in the game. Boston now embarks on a 10-game, 3-city road trip before coming home to face The Evil Ones for three. With a victory in Houston tomorrow, they can equal their win total for all of 2012.