Felix Doubront shelled as Jacoby Ellsbury sits in Yankees early rout of Red Sox Tuesday
|03.18.14 at 3:30 pm ET|
Sitting out the first game between the two archrivals since he followed the path of Johnny Damon, Ellsbury (sore right calf) watched as the Yankees banged out 10 hits and seven earned runs off Red Sox starter Felix Doubront in an 8-1 win over Boston Tuesday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field.
Doubront, who had not allowed a run in six innings over two previous spring starts, was in trouble from the start Tuesday. He worked out of the first inning with only one run scoring. But in the next frame, Doubront was rocked for four runs on five hits and a walk as the Yankees sent eight batters to the plate in building a 5-0 lead.
After a seven-minute delay due to a swarm of bees along the left field line, Doubront took to the mound for the third inning. Doubront gave up a leadoff triple to catcher Francisco Cervelli but the Red Sox lefty showed his best stuff of the day, working out of the jam without the run scoring.
“Just taking positive things like that,” Doubront said. “I went out there and I didn’t care. The man on third. I want to throw strikes.
Looking to increase his pitch count and build him up for the regular season, the Red Sox sent Doubront out for the fourth. He allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner before inducing a double play from Derek Jeter. But with two outs, Carlos Beltran doubled before Mark Teixeira walked.
Doubront was pulled for Brandon Workman, who gave up a home run to Soriano, charging two more runs to Doubront’s line. The Sox lefty allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits, walking three, striking out two. He threw 79 pitches on the day.
“Bad feeling,” Doubront said afterward. “I didn’t feel the grip, changeup was bad, left the pitches over the plate. One of those days.”
‘He probably didn’t have as much finish to his pitches as we’ve seen in his first couple of outings,” manager John Farrell added. “Quite possibly, we’re into that part of camp where he’s battling through a little bit of a dead arm which is completely normal and expected but we got him up to 80 pitches which is in line for the progression we’re trying to get him to.’
‘Didn’t see the consistent tempo of the game that we’ve seen the first [two] starts he’s made. It was a challenge for him to get into the flow of the game today.’
Doubront tapped himself on the shoulder several times Tuesday in an effort to remind himself to slow down and get into proper mechanics.
“I threw a couple of pitches good and then I went back to the wrong mechanics. But it’s just a thing where I have to repeat my delivery,” he said. “That last inning, I gave up that double, I started my delivery too fast and missed my release point. You can have an outing like that and learn from it.
“My arm feels good. It was just my release point. That was the tough part to find today. I threw some very good pitches but sometimes 0-2, 1-2 I left the pitch in the zone and good swings from them. Nothing I can do but throw my bullpen and pitch in the next five days.”
The Red Sox meanwhile couldn’t do much against Yankees starter Michael Pineda. The right-hander held the Sox scoreless on four hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking none. He left in the fifth inning with an 8-0 lead.
The Red Sox broke through in the top of the seventh for their only run, when Jonathan Herrera singled home Corey Brown.
As for the bizarre developments before Doubront took the mound in the third, Red Sox left fielder Mike Carp first noticed the swarm of bees and took off for center field while four groundskeepers sprayed the infested area.
“Not a big fan of bees flying around my head,” Carp said. “It’s just one of those things I’ve never seen happen — or, I’ve seen it happen, but it’s never happened to me. I’m sure they’ll get their laughs on ESPN tonight.”
Ironically, the game was broadcast on ESPN Tuesday, so there will be plenty of video from which to choose.
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