James Shields Outing in Boston – Final Sox Drawer Battle
As most of you know by now that Boston won the final game in extra innings. Chicago took the series and is heading home. I was concerned as I went to bed last night about how James would mange today or would it be another disaster. I was quite surprised to see his stats and to find out how well he actually did.
Tim Anderson’s Birthday today
For those who could not see the game today the boys wore the dirty gray pants with Black jerseys.
Adam Eaton was hit by a pitch. Tim scored on the Abreu double play for a 1 to 0 lead. Eaton on a wild pitch came home for a 2 to 0 lead
James first pitch of the day was a strike. First inning James allowing 1 hit and he struck out Big Papi
In the bottom of the 2nd, James is working well. A little slow but he is gaining some confidence. James got in a jam that inning but he worked his way out. That should help the confidence.
Chicago added another run in the top of the 4th for a 3 to 0 Chicago lead
It was the bottom of the 4th when James issued his first walk of the day. 59 pitches at the bottom of 4 innings is not great but it’s better when what James has been in past games. James kept the Red Sox scoreless until the bottom of the 5th. His pitch count is 81.
Top of 6th the White Sox took the lead to 4 to 1
Bottom of the 6th and at 99 pitches James was done for the day, passing off the keys to Matt Albers.
I am still not convinced that he is what we need but I am willing to give him a little space and some respect today.
It is home for a weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays, before a day off on Monday