44-25: Schilling struggles in second straight outing

The Atlanta Braves broke out last night against the Red Sox, winning the opening game of the series in Atlanta, 9-4. Curt Schilling (6-4) doesn’t seem to be able to find any middle ground these days. Either he’s out there throwing a near no-hitter, or he’s getting shelled. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, his shortest start since opening day against the Royals. He gave up six runs on 10 hits and two walks, and didn’t strike out anyone, the first time in a long while that’s happened.

Mike Timlin also struggled in relief, giving up 4 hits in 1 1/3 innings, and allowing two runs on a home run by Scott Thorman. You watch him pitch, and you know that he is definitely not right yet. Fresh up from Pawtucket, Manny Delcarmen came in a pitched an efficient, scoreless eighth to finish off the game, a good sign in case it takes Timlin longer to come back than expected.

Braves catcher Brian McCann, struggling with slumps and injuries this year after an All-Star caliber year in 2006, had an RBI double and a HR in this one, dealing the most damage against the Sox.

The lone bright spot on offense was Coco Crisp, who registered four hits and his first career multi-HR game against left-handed starter Chuck James (6-6). He pulled both longballs to left field, which means James must have left those hanging over the plate. He did have four walks in his outing, so his control wasn’t the sharpest. Let’s hope that this can spark something with Crisp, and get his bat going a little bit.

J.D. Drew also homered against his former team, his 5th of the season. Dustin Pedroia continues to do well from the two hole, and went 1-3 with two walks yesterday. Hurray for small guys everywhere!

One Response to 44-25: Schilling struggles in second straight outing

  1. donchoi says:

    Curt Schilling returned to Boston today to have a precautionary MRI done on his throwing shoulder. Schilling’s fastball was clocked repeatedly in the mid- to high 80’s. That plus his two bad performances suggests that there might be something wrong physically.

    Let’s hope that this is not serious, as it could throw a serious kink into the Red Sox’s season.

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