Saturday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Felix Doubront vs. Bud Norris
|04.19.14 at 9:14 am ET|
Doubront enters Saturday’s game after picking up his second consecutive loss of the season during a game against the Yankees on Sunday. The 26-year-old southpaw gave up three earned runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts during 6 2/3 innings on the mound. Two of those runs came on a two-run shot by Carlos Beltran during the third inning.
“He was good,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said of Doubront’s performance (via MLB.com). “When he throws the ball over the plate, he’s as good as anybody. I think, what, two of the walks scored. It just drives his pitch count up. It puts him in situations he shouldn’t be in. Other than that, he threw the ball well.”
Doubront’s lone win of the season came in his first start — a game against the Orioles on April 3. The lefty lasted 5 1/3 innings while giving up three earned runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Boston went on to win the game 4-3. In 10 career appearances against Baltimore, Doubront has gone 2-2 with a 4.61 ERA and a WHIP of 1.29.
Unlike Doubront, Norris comes into Saturday’s game after tossing a gem against the Blue Jays last Saturday. The 29-year-old scattered five hits with three walks and four strikeouts over seven scoreless innings in what ultimately was an extra-inning win for the Orioles.
Norris last faced off against the Red Sox on Aug. 28, 2013, in a game that featured a late-inning Boston comeback. Norris got a no-decision after he gave up one earned run on four hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings. Norris also compiled seven strikeouts. Once Norris left the game, though, the Orioles bullpen gave up three runs in the seventh and eighth, leading to a 4-3 Red Sox win. Overall, Norris has made just three starts against Boston. During those outings, Norris has accumulated a 4.15 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.
Orioles vs. Doubront (LHP)
Adam Jones (21 plate appearances): .106 AVG/.190 OBP/.105 SLG, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts
Chris Davis (20): .444/.500/.722, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 strikeouts
J.J. Hardy (20): .167/.250/.222, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
Matt Wieters (19): .111/.158/.167, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 walks, 10 strikeouts
Nick Markakis (14): .462/.500/.462, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Nelson Cruz (10): .375/.500/.500. 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
Steve Pearce (7): .000/.571/.000, 3 walks
Ryan Flaherty (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
Delmon Young (4): .500/.500/1.250, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Jonathan Schoop (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout
Steve Clevenger has one hit in one at-bat vs. Doubront.
Red Sox vs. Norris (RHP)
Jonathan Herrera (12): .111/.273/.111, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Ryan Roberts (11): .364/.364/.909, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 4 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (9): .250/.667/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 5 walks
Jonny Gomes (6): .200/.333/.200, 1 RBI, 1 walk. 1 strikeout
Mike Napoli (6): .167/.167/.167, 4 strikeouts
Daniel Nava (6): .333/.333/.500, 1 double, 3 strikeouts
David Ortiz (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Mike Carp (3): 1.000/1.000/1.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk
David Ross (3): .667/.667/1.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI
A.J. Pierzynski (2): .500/.500/.500, 1 strikeout
Xander Bogaerts is hitless in two at-bats vs. Norris.
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