Alfredo Aceves and the Boston Red Sox put on quite a performance of incompetence in the third inning of Tuesday’s 13-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Aceves, who walked three in the inning and was called for two balks, can’t be held responsible for all of the blame for the six runs against in the frame, but he sure did his part to make it easy on the A’s.
The right-hander piled up some excuses in speaking with the media following the seven inning contest, via the Boston Herald:
“It’s hard to explain to you guys,” Aceves said. “You guys just see the errors, the runs, the hits, whatever. It’s really hard to — how can I explain? — to get through that plate. For whatever reason, the strike zone got small. Obviously you guys don’t see it that way. You see the runs. As a pitcher, man, it’s not easy. Also, the weather, whatever weather it is, we should be able to play. Also it don’t matter what score it is. We’ve got to have our backs, not because it’s 10 or 13, I’m going to sit back and relax for the next game. No, there’s no second game. We’ve got to have our backs. Pretty much that.”
Oh, there’s more:
“Also, we got our hacks. Why don’t we hit?”
Yeah, that’s probably not going to go over so well in the clubhouse. Enjoy the above display of inadequate defense, as we may have seen the last of Alfredo Aceves on the mound for the Red Sox.
Here’a bevy of looping images in motion to end your work week and mutilate your browser. We lead with a glimpse at Jonathan Papelbon, clearly high on his own awesomeness.
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Matt Cain had already surrendered home runs to Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo before he served up a curving cookie to Jonathan Lucroy in the third inning of Thursday’s matinee between the Giants and Brewers. Gallardo’s surprising shot just cleared the left field wall, while Braun’s blast to left more or less announced its departure the second bat met ball. Lucroy’s blast, though, combined with Cain’s body language, provided us with an absolute no-doubter to give the Brewers a 7-0 lead.
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Shortstops are stealing the show in Atlanta this afternoon. Alcides Escobar sees your great play, Andrelton Simmons, and raises you a double play.
Nothing to see here, just Andrelton Simmons making it look easy on a Wednesday afternoon.
A.J. Griffin‘s performance in 15 starts was just another pleasant surprise for an Oakland Athletics team that delivered a few in 2012. Griffin tossed 82.1 innings and finished with a nifty 3.06 ERA, 3.85 FIP, and 4.06 xFIP to go along with 64 strike outs and an excellent 5.7 BB%. Some might express concern over surrendering the long ball (10 home runs allowed; 10.2% HR/FB rate is a little on the high side for a starter who calls O.co home), Griffin exceeded whatever expectations the club could have had for him coming in as a lesser known prospect.
Through three starts this season, Griffin appears to have picked up where he left off in 2012 before running out of gas in his final few appearances. Griffin laid some hurt on the lowly Houston Astros on Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and striking out eight, although four batters earned a free pass. The right-hander registered five whiffs with his 67-69 mph curveball, with Marwin Gonzalez and Rick Ankiel looking the most foolish.
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This is how you endear yourself to a fan base.