Thursday, December 5, 2013
BOSTON - The Red Sox are disciplined batters. We keep hearing that. And a lesser pitcher will have to throw strikes, or he won't last long.
Saturday night featured a very good pitcher. And while Anibal Sanchez did walk six batters, and only last six innings, he got the Red Sox to do something they rarely are accused of - they chased bad pitches.
Sanchez would fired in 97 mph fastballs, but then go out of the zone with a slider or change-up. Boston's batter could not hold up. Sanchez had 12 strikeouts.
"His slider and his change-up are late," Dustin Pedroia said. "So you have to commit to it and it goes out of the zone. You try to stop, but ... That’s a sign that it’s quality stuff."
But the Red Sox did get Sanchez out of the game.
"To chase a very good starter after six innings, I thought we succeeded in that right," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Were (only) down a run).
"Two-out base hit was the difference."
Detroit got one of those. Boston could not come through in the clutch.
Now for the links.
Today's game story.
A look at the approach of Daniel Nava, who got the only hit on Saturday.
Some notes, including a look at potential lineup changes for today.
Both the Sox and Patriots are home today. Check out our newest blog from Pats beat writer Mike Lowe.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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