Doubront has been a bit of a success story this season. This is the first time he's failed to go 5 innings. He was coming off back-to-back Quality Starts. He's been a serviceable #5 pitcher. This was his first setback and I'm interested in seeing how he responds to it.
The Athletics are a very poor hitting team. Only one of their starters has an average above .300, five are below .250, and three are below .200. Doubront didn't get lit up. The A's chipped away at him though, single by single. He did strike out 8. Against a better hitting team and on a warmer night, he might have gotten crushed.
We'll see how Doubront does in his next start. Which will be against the Royals on Monday.
Daniel Bard takes the mound for the Sox tonight. He faces Brandon McCarthy, who's pitched decently (4 Quality Starts) despite his 1-3 record. He does give up a lot of hits, though, so maybe the Sox can put up a few crooked numbers.
The A's haven't won a series in Fenway Park since 2006.