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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Weeks (Jemile)”

We’ve Cracked the Code

Allen Webster continued in Clay Buchholz’s winning ways and the Kansas City defense carried on their ineffective fielding in Friday evening’s contest. Webster faltered in the fourth by allowing a leadoff walk to to Alex Gordon and then a home run to Eric Hosmer, but those were the only runs the home team could muster. Webster may not be the most imposing pitcher on the mound but he has turned his game around in September. In August he had two outings where he gave up six earned runs. In this non-contending year John Farrell had the time to stick with Webster and see if the starter could live up to his promise. With a successful run in September he could cement his spot in the 2015 starting rotation. But someone please set him up with Pedro Martinez to learn about mound presence. Webster could use some meat on his bones, too. Kansas City-style barbecue could help with that. Thank you, Henry Perry, the Barbecue King, and to Charlie and Arthur Bryant, who carried on Perry’s tradition of tomato and molasses-based sauce. Yordano Ventura is a Dominican-born rookie from whom Webster could take a few lessons from in terms of confidence....

No Postcode Envy

Well, perhaps a little envy exists for the Royals, who are battling for the AL Central pennant against the Detroit Tigers. Kansas City looked like anything but a team poised for the playoffs; the defense gave up two runs because of errors. Will Middlebrooks scored in the second inning when Eric Hosmer let Christian Vazquez’s grounder slip between his legs into right field. Vazquez led off the fourth inning and reached first because Alcides Escobar couldn’t get a handle on Vazquez’s ground ball. Mookie Betts singled to Mike Moustakas, who threw poorly to Hosmer. Vazquez took third on the error but was thrown out at home by Moustakas. In prior games this sort of nascent rally would be staunched easily but David Ortiz ripped a single up the middle to plate Betts and give his team a two-run lead. In the eighth frame Jemile Weeks tallied his first double of the season. It was a clutch clout that Hosmer couldn’t nab before it escaped down the right field line. Middlebrooks and Vazquez, who both worked walks, scored on the scorcher. Even though the Red Sox have the worst record in the AL East they can surprise with a win against...

One and Done

If you thought that the Red Sox have played a lot of close games this season you’d be right. The team has played an AL-high 50 one-run games this year and the results haven’t been as awful as I thought: 25-25. In 2013 Boston played 42 one-run games with a 21-21 mark. Baltimore ranks first in one-run wins with 27 and Boston is second. Raymond showed more excitement about this game than the reported 10,543 in attendance. These teams were nearly equal in futility. They split this 4-game weekend wraparound series. The Rays scored 15 runs in total and the Red Sox scored 14. Each team had a strangely symmetrical 28 hits and 25 runners left on base. Jemile Weeks made his Red Sox debut and didn’t cover himself in glory. He pinch ran for Christian Vazquez in the 10th inning but was picked off by Grant Balfour. The Rays capitalized on their extra-inning opportunity. John Farrell had Burke Badenhop intentionally walk two batters so that the onus was on the fielders rather than the pitcher to get the last outs. Matt Joyce lined the ball over Yoenis Cespedes with the bases loaded to plate the winning run. Joyce didn’t...

He Went to Jarrod

The panoply of Oakland’s youthful talent was on display last night. Rookie hurler Jarrod Parker notched his first win in the majors with a respectable 6⅔ innings: 4 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Jordan Noberto, who debuted last year, entered the ninth after Grant Balfour surrendered a two-run single to Mike Aviles. With one down and two on Noberto struck out Lars Anderson on four pitches but more impressively induced a weak ground out off Dustin Pedroia’s bat to end the game. Center field standout Yoenis Cespedes only went 1-for-4 but set the stage with his RBI single to center. He drove in Jemile Weeks, a player in his sophomore season. All the Oakland players I named except Balfour are 26 years old or younger. Their combined ages is just a touch older than Peter Gammons. In the cold, raw evening home plate umpire Greg Gibson’s strike zone expanded as it is uncomfortable to exercise such precise judgment in chilly conditions. Jarrod (when did we stop spelling this name “Jared”?) Saltalamacchia was called out on strikes twice and Mike Aviles once; both had issues with Gibson’s calls. Since when does a rookie pitcher get the benefit...


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