Zach Stewart was called up and given the start. I don’t think this is a start he’ll want to remember. I know it’s a start I don’t want to remember. It didn’t go well. A newcomer gets called up and all he wants to do is impress and impress and impress, and then when he doesn’t and instead he falls hard and fast, you can’t help feeling bad for the man but so much worse for the team and for you, who’s saddled with a loss as a result.
He never really had much of a chance in this one, unfortunately. From the beginning you could tell that he was having an off night in a big way. Most of his pitches stayed up in the zone, and the opposing hitters had no problem picking them out.
In the first inning alone, he gave up a single, an RBI double, an RBI single that advanced the runner even further thanks to a throwing error by Pedroia, and a two-run home run. He gave up a double to lead off the second, which turned into a run on another RBI single. He gave up his second leadoff double of the night in the third and, two outs later, gave up two consecutive RBI doubles followed by his second two-run home run of the night.
Yeah. It was ugly. He gave up nine runs on ten hits while walking none and striking out two over three innings. He is our first pitcher to give up nine earned runs on ten hits since Howard Ehmke did it in 1923. And he’s our first pitcher to allow nine runs in his first game with us. Because thankfully he was relieved by Tazawa after that. He took an extremely well-deserved loss, and that was the end of that. The final score ended up being 10-3, and he gave up all but one of those runs in the first three innings. Four runs in the first, one in the second, and four more in the third. Wow. That’s basically the exact opposite of the way you want a callup start to go.
Tazawa gave up the Angels’ tenth run in the fifth, when he gave up a walk and a single that was followed by a double play that brought the run in. Then Miller pitched around a bases-loaded situation in the sixth, and Aceves pitched the seventh and eighth.
We scored our first run in the second, when Gomez and Aviles opened the inning with back-to-back singles; Gomez scored on a sac fly by Podsednik one out later. We scored our remaining two runs in the fifth; Podsednik and Ciriaco opened the inning with back-to-back singles, Ellsbury grounded into a force out that eliminated Ciriaco, Ellsbury stole second base and Podsedik scored on a throwing error, and then Ellsbury scored on a single by Pedroia.
We hardly threatened after that. We had two runners on in the eighth, and that was basically it for our big effort to overcome a seven-run deficit and score runs.
By the way, in case you forgot, Stewart came over from the Other Sox when we traded Kevin Youkilis. So that’s what we get.