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Michael Kopech once again posted gaudy peripherals in his third start of the season. He struck out 10 Indianapolis Indians while walking just one over five innings.
That said, he was touched up for single runs in the first, third and fifth innings, all scored by Kevan Newman, who reached base to lead off.
First inning: Walked, stole second with one out, then scored on a two-out single.
Third inning: Doubled, then scored on a follow-up single.
Fifth inning: Singled, moved to second on a bunt, took third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch.
That last sequence may be why James Fegan said Kopech was “as self-critical as I’ve heard a pitcher be after striking out 10 guys.” We’ll have to wait until Fegan’s recap to see if he also said:
- Charlie Tilson went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Jose Rondon left the game hobbling after going 1-for-2. He was also picked off/caught stealing.
- Daniel Palka was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Kevan Smith, 1-for-4 with a double and a K.
- Casey Gillaspie went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Michael Kopech: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP
- Jace Fry made his 2018 debut: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
*Fry replaced Robbie Ross, who went on the disabled list after a start that brought the wrong Bard (Daniel) to mind: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 11 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, and a 30.38 ERA.
- Tito Polo went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
- Zack Collins was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Eloy Jimenez went 0-for-4.
- Seby Zavala had both the Barons’ singles, and he struck out twice.
- Ian Clarkin: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP
- Ryan Burr: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
*It doesn’t sound like Alec Hansen is close to returning. Rick Hahn said the Sox aren’t worried about his recovery from his forearm issue, but …
Saw him walking around in shorts and a tee shirt this week. Was told it's going to be a while before he even gets on a mound. https://t.co/D2JidfyehF
— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) April 20, 2018
- Joel Booker singled thrice, struck out once, got plunked once and swiped a bag.
- Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-3 with a triple, two walks and a strikeout.
- Blake Rutherford cooled off a little, going 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He was also picked off/caught stealing.
- Micker Adolfo singled, got plunked and struck out thrice.
- Gavin Sheets went 0-for-4.
- Yeyson Yrizarri, 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Ti’Quan Forbes was 1-for-4 with a K.
- Jimmy Lambert: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
- Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Justin Yurchak was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Michael Hickman was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Tyler Johnson: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP