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:
If you need proof that “Good pitching beats good hitting.” this is the game for you, where the team with the most wins  lost to the team with the fewest wins  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.
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?
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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.
Earn a bonus point by identifying their first names.
5 points for each player you recognize:
|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|
|29||Brett Wallace||L||R||6’2″||233||Aug 26, 1986||Marin, California||Career|
|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|
|30||Matt Dominguez||R||R||6’1″||217||Aug 28, 1989||Van Nuys, California||Career|
|6||Jonathan Villar||S||R||6’1″||196||May 2, 1991||La Vega, Dominican Republic||Career|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|