Even though Kason Gabbard didn’t exactly impress in his second start with the Red Sox this season, Terry Francona said after the game that the slip would not affect Gabbard’s stay with the big club. He’s going to be filling in for Curt Schilling for the next one to two starts, until Schilling comes back from the disabled list.
Essentially Gabbard’s problem was a lack of command. He didn’t have it (though he said he felt great in the bullpen) and he wasn’t able to get it back. Gabbard also added that he might have been too quick out of the stretch.
That left the team with a long outing from the bullpen and still — even with King Felix on the mound for Seattle — managed to stay in the hunt for the win, eventually falling 8-7.
By the way, for those of you wondering where Joel Pineiro was, the reliever had stepped on Eric Hinske’s heel yesterday, twisting his ankle. That’s why Javier Lopez was in to face Richie Sexson, not exactly the matchup that Francona was looking for, and not one that really favors the Sox.
But it’s baseball so, as Julian Tavarez says, there’s always tomorrow.
(Yes, tomorrow we should be back blogging in force, since it’s a day game. I’ll be making updates routinely, as long as my internet holds steady. Cross your fingers. I can’t — I’ll be typing.)