Sox shut out by Astro rookie Oberholtzer, Lackey “quality start” lacking, 2-0


It was supposed to be a “cake walk” for the Red Sox with Lackey, the wily veteran [7-8] facing the unheralded rookie Bret Oberholtzer [1-0], but, instead, it was a pie in the face, as the rookie shutout the high-powered Sox offense for seven innings to win his second MLB start, 2-0.

Former Houston Astro pitcher, Jaoquin Andujar had it right, in baseball:

“Ju-nebber-know.”

If you need proof that “Good pitching beats good hitting.”  this is the game for you, where the team with the most wins [68] lost to the team with the fewest wins [37] in MLB.

Imagine the team leading MLB in runs scored 568 losing to the Astros, who rank 24/30 with 417; a team with the #3 BA, .273 losing to a team #29/30, .235.

Imagine the MLB’s leading offensive team being shutout by these three pitchers: RHP Brett Oberholtzer, LHP Wesley Wright, and former Sox farmhand, RHP J. Fields, who got his first MLB career save.

The Astro’s pen had the worst ERA in MLB, 5.14. 

Imagine that a guy named Larsen Jerome O’Bryan Hoes scored both Astro runs.

L. J. Hoes, had just arrived from Baltimore, via the trade that sent Bud Norris to the Orioles, which, by the way, opened up the #4 rotation slot for Oberholtzer, and the rookie was just glad to be in The Show:

“I’m just blessed and fortunate to play this game,” Hoes said. “There’s a lot of people who wish they had this opportunity, and I want to go out here and give it my all, because you never know. It could all be taken away from you. I try to go out there and play hard every day and put on a good show for the fans.”

Mr. Hoes scored in the 5th when Robbie Grossman knocked him in with a single and again in the 7th –emulating the famous Robinson Robbery of Home in Game 1 of the 1955 World Series—scoring on a suicide squeeze by fellow OF Brandon Barnes.

Jackie Robinson video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pFnzx4NQIE

Lackey [7-9], who twisted his left ankle in the 2nd inning, pitched well enough to win most games; his line was 2 runs, 8 hits, 2 Ws and 10 Ks in 6 innings, 113-73, but he was out-pitched by, wait for it… RHP Brett Oberholtzer [2-0 and 0.00], LHP Wesley Wright [4.05], and RHP J. Fields [6.27], former Sox farmhand at Portland and Pawtucket last year, earned his first MLB save by striking out the four Sox he faced through the 8th and 9th innings.

With Ortiz on first and Ellsbury on third in the eighth, on a 3-2 count, Fields struck out Mike Napoli with a high 94 MPH heater to end the threat. Last winter, Fields was astutely snatched by the Astros in the winter Rule 5 draft.

Oberholtzer, in just his second MLB start, reached back in the 7th, when Jonny Gomes led off with a double and advanced to third on a fly out by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Gomes became the first Sox player to reach third base, but he was stranded, when Oberholtzer fanned Stephen Drew, who was 10 for his last 20, and Brandon Snyder to stifle the rally.

Q:  How much is an autographed Oberholtzer  Rookie card on eBay tonight?

A:

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BOX HERE: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_08_05_bosmlb_houmlb_1&mode=box

Tomorrow [8:10 EST]

Probables:

BOS:

Wright, S (2-0, 3.65)

HOU:

Lyles (4-5, 4.91)

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Oberholtzer is the first rookie, since Phillies’ Marty Bystrom in 1980, to throw 14 scoreless innings in first 2 games. 7 shutout innings vs. Orioles in his MLB debut last week.

PLAY THE “WHO HIM?” GAME

Besides Wesley Wright and Josh Fields, name other members of the worst bullpen in baseball.

A:  L. Harrell, T. Blackley , J. Cisnero, C. Lo , J. Zeid, D. Keuchel

 

Earn a bonus point by identifying their first names.

 

LIGHTNING ROUND:

5 points for each player you recognize:

 

Catchers

No.

Player

Bat

Thw

Ht.

Wt.

Date of Birth

Birthplace

Stats

15 Jason Castro L R 6’3″ 216 Jun 18, 1987 Castro Valley, California Career
22 Carlos Corporan S R 6’2″ 228 Jan 7, 1984 Hato Rey, Puerto Rico Career

 

First Basemen

No.

Player

Bat

Thw

Ht.

Wt.

Date of Birth

Birthplace

Stats

29 Brett Wallace L R 6’2″ 233 Aug 26, 1986 Marin, California Career

 

Second Basemen

No.

Player

Bat

Thw

Ht.

Wt.

Date of Birth

Birthplace

Stats

27 Jose Altuve R R 5’5″ 173 May 6, 1990 Maracay, Venezuela Career
10 Jake Elmore R R 5’9″ 183 Jun 15, 1987 Dothan, Alabama Career

 

Third Basemen

No.

Player

Bat

Thw

Ht.

Wt.

Date of Birth

Birthplace

Stats

30 Matt Dominguez R R 6’1″ 217 Aug 28, 1989 Van Nuys, California Career

 

Shortstops

No.

Player

Bat

Thw

Ht.

Wt.

Date of Birth

Birthplace

Stats

6 Jonathan Villar S R 6’1″ 196 May 2, 1991 La Vega, Dominican Republic Career

 

Left Fielders

No.

Player

Bat

Thw

Ht.

Wt.

Date of Birth

Birthplace

Stats

23 Chris Carter R R 6’4″ 244 Dec 18, 1986 Redwood City, California Career
28 L.J. Hoes R R 6’0″ 190 Mar 5, 1990 Washington, District of Columbia Career
59 Marc Krauss L R 6’2″ 234 Oct 5, 1987 Deshler, Ohio Career

 

Center Fielders

No.

Player

Bat

Thw

Ht.

Wt.

Date of Birth

Birthplace

Stats

2 Brandon Barnes R R 6’2″ 204 May 15, 1986 Orange, California Career
19 Robbie Grossman S L 6’0″ 205 Sep 16, 1989 San Diego, California Career

 

Starting Pitchers

No.

Player

Bat

Thw

Ht.

Wt.

Date of Birth

Birthplace

Stats

45 Erik Bedard L L 6’1″ 200 Mar 6, 1979 Navan, Ontario Career
48 Jarred Cosart R R 6’3″ 180 May 25, 1990 League City, Texas Career
64 Lucas Harrell S R 6’2″ 210 Jun 3, 1985 Springfield, Missouri Career
18 Jordan Lyles R R 6’4″ 212 Oct 19, 1990 Florence, South Carolina Career
43 Brad Peacock R R 6’1″ 175 Feb 2, 1988 Palm Beach, Florida Career

 

Relief Pitchers

No.

Player

Bat

Thw

Ht.

Wt.

Date of Birth

Birthplace

Stats

54 Travis Blackley L L 6’3″ 205 Nov 4, 1982 Melbourne, Victoria Career
68 Jose Cisnero R R 6’3″ 228 Apr 11, 1989 Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic Career
50 Josh Fields R R 6’0″ 180 Aug 19, 1985 Athens, Georgia Career
60 Dallas Keuchel L L 6’3″ 202 Jan 1, 1988 Tulsa, Oklahoma Career
63 Chia-Jen Lo R R 5’11″ 190 Apr 7, 1986 Pingtung County, Taiwan Career
65 Brett Oberholtzer L L 6’1″ 235 Jul 1, 1989 Christiana, Delaware Career
53 Wesley Wright R L 5’11″ 180 Jan 28, 1985 Montgomery, Alabama Career
61 Josh Zeid R R 6’4″ 221 Mar 24, 1987 New Haven, Connecticut Career

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • John Fahrer

    This lineup’s almost useless against a good lefty. Even though he’s not necessarily a good fielder anymore, it would’ve been nice to see the club acquire Michael Young. They really could’ve used the insurance.