Friday, August 9, 2013

Sox Stymied By Ex-Mate Chen; Fall To KC, 5-1

(AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Why can't we get left-handed starters like Bruce Chen? Oh, wait, we did have him—ten years ago. The Panamanian native pitched in just five games for the Carmine Hose in 2003—going 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA. Even then, it seemed like anyone with a wooden stick could rip gap shots off the guy—against his "overpowering" 83-MPH fastballs. That's still the book on him, but he turned in a masterful performance last night—beating the Red Sox 5-1 with 7 2/3 scoreless innings. If you listened to the game on the radio, you heard a lot of those famous Joe Castiglione "Swiiiiiing and a pop-up" calls as Boston flailed away at Chen's off-speed offerings all night. Only Jacoby Ellsbury (2 hits) and that offensive juggernaut Stephen Drew (2 for 4 with the lone RBI) did anything for the Sox.