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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Doubront (Felix)”

He’s Goins to Git You Sucka

Ryan Goins had an incredible night: 4-for-5 with a run scored and four runs batted in. Not bad for a guy that was recalled from the Buffalo Bisons on July 22. The bottom of the order was particularly potent; Munenori Kawasaki was 3-for-4 in the six hole and Josh Thole knocked in two hits. Kawasaki was with the Bisons until June 17 and Thole replaced Henry Blanco on June 7. Your browser does not support iframes. The Red Sox pitchers were pummeled by recent Triple-A batters. Clay Buchholz was pulled in the fifth inning and relieved by Felix Doubront. In two-thirds of an inning Doubront gave up six hits, six runs, and two bases on balls. He was traded to the Cubs today for a player to be named later. It seems Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer still have a soft spot for the Venezuelan southpaw. While the bottom of the order was knocking around Boston’s hurlers with singles and doubles Melky Cabrera launched two multi-run homers. His sixth inning shot off Doubront caused significant damage, but not as much damage as Doubront did to his trade value. Game 106: July 28, 2014 Toronto Blue Jays57-50 14 W: R.A. Dickey...

Holding On

David Ortiz rallied his teammates and delivered a speech akin to General George S. Patton’s speech to the Third Army. The events that followed in the game were like Patton Oswalt’s “Parks and Recreation” filibuster. Oswalt mashed up Star Wars, the Avengers, and a myriad of other fandoms in his diatribe. John Farrell cobbled together a World Series victory with a last-minute lineup and a melange of arms. Ortiz laid the groundwork in the fifth inning with a double scorched to the right-center gap. “Let’s go! ¡Vámonos!” he exhorted from the keystone sack. Jonny Gomes, who filled in for late scratch Shane Victorino, worked a walk after falling behind Lance Lynn in the count and Xander Bogaerts’s five-pitch at bat also granted him a free pass. With the bases loaded, Stephen Drew got enough loft on the ball and sacrificed in Ortiz to tie the game. Your browser does not support iframes. Clay Buchholz was throwing like Tom Brady. Despite his fastball hovering around 88 MPH, the starter gutted out 4 innings and only surrendered one unearned run. No one would be surprised if some point in the future Buchholz’s and Brady’s injuries are revealed to be much worse than...

Workman’s Comp

Felix Doubront left the with just 3⅔ innings under his belt. The southpaw pitched well until the fourth where he got into trouble with the middle of the White Sox order; Alexei Ramirez and Paul Konerko singled and Avisail Garcia walked to load the bases. When Chicago scored four runs and the nine-hole hitter Tyler Flowers singled John Farrell finally pulled the starter. Brandon Workman took over and earned a win with just 1⅓ innings toeing the rubber. Farrell mixed the order of his relievers with Junichi Tazawa taking over for Franklin Morales with a runner on and one out in the seventh. Craig Breslow pitched in the eighth and surrendered a solo home run to Flowers. Dustin Pedroia’s togs provided visual reinforcement of his team’s name. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a walk, so perhaps the second baseman will go with his new look to support his superstitions. As part of September roster expansion the Red Sox added Quintin Berry, Rubby De La Rosa, Ryan Lavarnway, and Brandon Snyder. To make room on the roster Daniel Bard was designated for assignment. It is amazing to see the formerly heralded reliever fall so far from the ranks...

Maui Nō Ka ’Oi

“Maui nō ka ’oi” means “Maui is the best.” Shane Victorino, originally from Maui, had a career day last night in a blowout against the Orioles. The right fielder went 3-for-3 with two homers and a double. With seven RBIs to his name, Victorino drove in more runs than many entire teams scored (I’m looking at you, Marlins, Nationals, Pirates, Blue Jays, Athletics, Tigers, Orioles, Indians, Braves, Angels, Rays, Phillies, Mets, Astros, White Sox, Royals, Twins, Reds, Cardinals, Giants, Rockies, Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers, and Mariners). That’s a long list; I should have picked teams that had more runs than Victorino. But it wasn't Victorino’s somewhat sparse beard that Felix Doubront touched but Mike Napoli’s. I’m not sure if it was for luck or if Doubront subscribes to the maxim that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Napoli’s facial hair looks as if it could propagate more than a few pathogens and a family of three. Doubront overcame a rough third inning to tally his tenth victory. The starter seemed stymied by Wally Bell’s strike zone and even asked the umpire “Were those balls balls?” at one point. The Red Sox bats supported Doubront, enabling him to stop worrying about...

The Gladiator

Pitching coach Juan Nieves called Felix Doubront “the Gladiator” and the southpaw certainly showed aspects of that last night. His line wasn’t overwhelming (4 innings pitched, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts), but he kept the Royals off the board until the fifth inning. Kansas City’s spunky hitters got to him in the fifth but Brandon Workman took over and only allowed one inherited runner score. Workman tallied his third victory with 1⅓ innings pitched, 2 hits, no bases on balls, and 3 strikeouts. Justin Maxwell had been a burr under Boston’s saddle but last night he was only 1-for-3 with two strikeouts and three left on base. The Royals’ right fielder also misplayed Stephen Drew’s line drive in the fourth, caught between making a diving attempt at a catch and trapping the ball before it skipped behind him. His indecision resulted in the visiting team scoring first. Will Middlebrooks is playing as if his job were on the line (and in the near future it very well could be with Xander Bogaerts waiting in the wings). The third baseman went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. He also scored twice from first base. He also...

Baileyed Out

Felix Doubront had a dazzling eight innings of three-hit baseball with no walks and six strikeouts. He passed the baton to Andrew Bailey, who promptly surrendered a solo shot to Kelly Johnson to tie the game 1-1. As Jeor Mormont said to Samwell Tarly, “That was your job. Your only job.” Bailey definitely owes Doubront a clean save so he can get the W and Red Sox fans a scoreless save conversion. There’s just too much stress in the Boston sports scene with the Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals and Aaron Hernandez under scrutiny in a homicide investigation. Fortunately for the Red Sox and Bailey Jonny Gomes entered the batter’s box with vengeance in his eyes and lightning in his bat. He came up with the team that was then known as the Devil Rays. The only time his home field had crowds of any note were when the Red Sox or Yankees were in town. How sweet it must have been for him to power the two-run homer over the Monster to win the game against his former team. With pure exuberance Gomes rounded third and punted his helmet. The couple from Kentucky who were the fans of...


Bernardo LaPallo is 111 years old. In his living memory are visits to Hilltop Park where he cheered for the New York Highlanders. He remembers when Babe Ruth was traded to the Yankees and the house that he built. LaPallo recalled, “I shook his hand and he said, ‘My greatest admirer, my youngest admirer.’” Sadly for LaPallo his age mirrored the final score, 11-1. Mike Napoli was responsible for four of the runs with his third-inning grand slam. Daniel Nava also drove in four runs. He clouted a three-run four-bagger in the eighth to put his team up 8-1, a hit that will likely get him a ball in the ribs tonight. His RBI ground out in the ninth probably won’t help his case, even though it was up to the Yankees to stop letting their opponents get on base. Felix Doubront and Phil Hughes are like mirror images of each other, inconsistent pitchers who win or lose based on keeping their heads straight with runners on base. In this particular outing Doubront avoided giving up extra base hits and allowing hits with runners on: 6 innings pitched, 6 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts. Hughes was not...

Atmospheric Lack of Pressure

For the second straight game the Rays didn’t have a batter with an extra base hit. In the mausoleum-like atmosphere what little excitement can be had is away from the artificial turf as there is so little enthusiasm for the home team. The Rays Touch Tank offers up cownose rays for molestation. It is not only their name that is somewhat mammalian; females of this species incubate their eggs in their uterus where they hatch. Cownose rays are near threatened because they hatch one pup at a time. Fortunately for these 30-odd rays they live in the peace and quiet of the Trop. Joe Maddon’s 9=8 theme is not only mathematically impossible but also doesn’t seem to be powering the Rays into the playoffs. Looks like he replaced that slogan with multiple colored bracelets. Ryan Roberts has more ink than St. Petersburg reporters use to cover this team. Game 149: September 18, 2012 Boston Red Sox68-81 7 W: Felix Doubront (11-9)H: Junichi Tazawa (3), Craig Breslow (8)S: Andrew Bailey (5) 2B: Cody Ross (32), Ryan Lavarnway (6) Tampa Bay Rays78-70 5 L: Kyle Farnsworth (1-6)No extra base hits...

Couldn’t Pitch

Jacoby Ellsbury made a stunning snare of Josh Willingham’s fly ball to center to end the first. The center fielder got a good jump and ran the correct route to intercept the ball on the run and avoid a slide into the bullpen wall, a feat he recently survived. Brian Duensing faltered in the home half of the third and the Red Sox scored on three consecutive singles to tie the game 1-1. Justin Morneau dropped Carl Crawford’s foul pop-up with two down and two out. Crawford took the very next pitch into the Red Sox bullpen, a shot that seemed to break the game open. But Felix Doubront quavered in the fifth. He walked two batters, allowed three singles, and the Twins tied the game 5-5. The Red Sox squandered a bases-loaded opportunity in the eighth and the game limped into extra innings. Rookie Darin Mastroianni led off the tenth with a double that dropped with Ellsbury and Cody Ross both attempting to run down the ball. Brian Dozier amusingly popped out to Will Middlebrooks on a bunt attempt but Jamey Carroll lined the ball over Dustin Pedroia’s glove and plated Mastroianni. Game 107: August 3, 2012 ∙ 10...

Flirtatious Felix

On the same day Matt Cain turned the 22nd perfect game in major league history Felix Doubront came within 10 outs of a no-hitter. With two down in the sixth Jose Reyes found the left field seats and the eyesore in center field jolted into life. Of the many ways to lose a no-hitter a home run might be least painful in a “pull off the bandage fast” sort of way. There are few things more agonizing than watching a slow dribbler wend its way to a infielder’s glove, feeling the tension of witnessing the subsequent toss, and holding your breath until the first baseman successfully coddles the ball for the out. But what can be more exhilarating than a catch like Gregor Blanco made in the seventh inning of Cain’s perfecto, a route into the warning track ringing the right-center gap of AT&T Park’s vast outfield that ended in a dive and a ecstatic cheer. David Ortiz has had his share of deep fly balls robbed by outfielders but in the fourth inning he sent the ball over the opposite field fences. Ortiz informed the clubbers in The Clevelander that there was a game going with this home run...

Silent Treatment

I think that Hit Tracker is credible, but how is it possible that Nick Punto’s ninth-inning second-decker and Miguel Cabrera’s moonshot to the camera hut in dead center at Comerica both be 444 feet? How is it possible that I could even be comparing home runs by Punto and Cabrera? The only possible sentence would be something like, “Nick Punto has hit 15 home runs in his career, which is as many as Miguel Cabrera hits in half a season.” After Punto’s Ortizian blast to right field he got the silent treatment in the dugout. Bobby Valentine posed as if here engrossed in a binder of statistics. Dave Magadan couldn’t help himself and smiled in the infielder’s direction as he made his way down the steps. Ortiz acknowledged the circuit clout boisterously, “I didn’t know you could do that, you m—f—.” It was an exclamation point on another statement game by Felix Doubront. While other starters have had their question marks, Doubront has emerged as the most consistent hurler of the rotation. His line: 6⅓ innings pitched, 7 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 walks, and 7 strikeouts. He is not as flashy in stuff, temperament, or dollars as fellow...

Hot Puhdayda

The Red Sox, Jerry Remy, and Don Orsillo were at the top of their game today. Orsillo and Remy proved they could do play-by-play of sports with more action in the aftermath of Cody Ross’s sixth inning home run. The ball soared over the left field wall into the parking lot. One pursuer fell on the ramp (“took a diggah” in Remy’s Somerset parlance) and it appeared that one attendant had solitary claim to the ball. That attendant got caught up in laughing at his fallen competition and was out-hustled by the man with “Staff” emblazoned on his back. With all the hubbub around Orsillo’s catch of the monstrous hammerhead shark the duo continued the theme yesterday by characterizing themselves as sea creatures. With very little hesitation Remy said “hermit crab,” a perfect fit. He fessed up that this was a suggestion from the truck. Orsillo said he was a sea turtle because of how he awoke the amorous feelings such a creature on a Red Sox cruise scuba dive. Fourth starter Felix Doubront pitched like starters one through three should be: 6 innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. The sole run Cleveland scored came...

Tom Brady’s Sister’s Husband

Kevin Youkilis powered his team’s first grand slam of the season with a shot carved to the opposite field, but that wasn’t the most life-changing event of the week for him. The man at the hot corner didn’t have cold feet when it came to getting legally hitched this time around. By marrying Tom Brady’s sister Julie he became the second-best athlete in the family. Should Youkilis’s new wife change her surname? Julie Youkilis has a pleasing sound, like the crack of the bat on a soundly clouted ball. Whose kids will be more athletically gifted Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm’s tots or the Youkilis’s offspring? Philip Humber was a touted prospect whose star faded and was subsequently shuttled from team to team — four teams in six years. His first team, the Mets, selected him as the third pick in the first round of the 2004 draft right after the Tigers picked Justin Verlander. Verlander has All-Star appearances, a Cy Young award, an MVP, and even two no-hitters, but no perfect game. Humber seemed to finally hit his groove in the big leagues by throwing the 21st perfect game on April 21. They counted it even though it was...

Southpaw Savior

Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy, as delicate as Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs, are the only broadcasters who close their booth windows during games in Rangers Ballpark. But their flimsy exteriors hide the hearts of hardened criminals. The NESN duo stole a car last night. “A lot of rental cars look the same,” blurted Remy under interrogation. His plea of ignorance rang false in light of his and Orsillo’s jocular boasting about their abhorrent deed. Not only did participate in grand theft but committed the thievery against fellow broadcasters Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien. “At no point did we think about going back,” sneered Orsillo. In the end, nothing came of Remy and Orsillo’s hijinks, just as Bill Hall’s and David Murphy’s stolen bases didn’t impact the game. The first run in the fifth inning was scored by Ryan Kalish, who starched a single to right. The Red Sox rookie advanced to second on a passed ball to Marco Scutaro and then to third on Scutaro’s single to Michael Young. The Rangers third baseman did well to knock down the hit and save the run but the reprieve was short-lived. J.D. Drew lobbed a single to shallow right to plate Kalish. Jon...

Injury Prone

When Kevin Youkilis limped out of the batter’s box to start the fourth inning, I wasn’t even angry. I chuckled mirthlessly as he got stretched out by the trainers. What’s next, pneumonic plague? Schistosomiasis? Ebola hemorrhagic fever? The injuries plaguing this team are becoming so ludicrous it’s like the body count in Heathers. But the All-Star first baseman is back in the lineup as his ankle soreness has since resolved itself. Youkilis was replaced by Niuman Romero. With runners on first and third with two out, score 3-2 in favor of the Rays, Romero’s slot in the order came up. The replacement player tapped out to second base for the final out, and it will be his final out in the majors for a while. Romero was designated for assignment and replaced on the rosterby Ryan Shealy. When the fate of a key game against a divisional rival was in the hands of someone who was so easily demoted, you know your team is stretched to its breaking point. Dan Wheeler smashes his pitching hand into his glove before each pitch. It reminded me of the relentless grinding of a pestle in a mortar and the way Rays relievers have...

Doubront-ain of Youth

With the Red Sox rotation down two starters the team has had to tap into their minor league resources. Felix Doubront, signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2004, started with perfect first and second innings. But before Doubront touched off a wave of Doubrontmania the Dodgers got to him in the third, led by Ronnie Belliard’s double and ending with a 3-3 tie at the end of the third. After five innings the rookie starter left with a fair line: 6 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. The two unearned runs were the result of his own missed catch of a flip from Kevin Youkilis; he must appreciate the scoring rule that states that pitchers’ errors do not count toward earned run average. David Ortiz’s 15th homer of the season was his 274th with the Red Sox, coincidentally tying him with none other than Manny Ramirez for fifth in career circuit clouts with the club. Ramirez’s reception was surprisingly warm given the animosity many felt when he all but forced his way out of town two years ago. In those two years, however, Red Sox fans have seen two unsuccessful playoff campaigns....


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