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Alfredo Aceves melts down against A’s

Apr 23, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

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How about this for an inning of work:

- Walk
– Single
– Walk
– Walk (one run)
– K
– Single (two runs)
– Balk
– Sac fly (one run)
– Infield single, E1 (one run)
– Balk
– E6 (one run)
– Groundout

That was Alfredo Aceves‘ third inning in what had been a 0-0 game between Oakland and Boston. What the above doesn’t show is that the infield single was Aceves’ fault. First baseman Mike Napoli made a great diving stop on the ball, but Aceves was late breaking from the mound to cover and Josh Reddick beat him to first base. Aceves then made a half-hearted throw home as the runner from second tried to score and the ball eluded Jarrod Saltalamacchia, giving the A’s their fifth run and putting Reddick on second. Reddick came around to make it 6-0 on a Will Middlebrooks error.

Aceves managed to keep the Red Sox in games in his first two starts in John Lackey‘s place, winning one and taking a no-decision in the other. Tonight’s was pretty much a disaster, though, and he’s likely headed back to the pen with Lackey potentially returning Sunday. He’ll need to throw better there or risk being dropped from the roster sometime next month.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    What have you got against old Evil Eyes? Any pitcher can have a bad game. I doubt that many people have him on their fantasy team either.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      RA dickey had another fine game too, id like to be the first to say “welcome RA to the American League EAST!!” I love the starting rotation the jays are sporting these days, honest i do!!

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        I don’t know how RA’s knuckleball compares to Wakefield’s, but he had years of moderate success in the AL East.

        But no one ever considered him an ace.

        We got the occasional gem, the more than occasional blowup, and a lot of better than average starts + tons of ate innings.

    • skeleteeth - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      It’s feast or famine with this guy. Or at least it was, 2 years ago. He was a fine surprise back then but watching him refusing to budge when it came to getting on the same page with his battery mate in 2011 was tired by June back then and is gd insubordinate now. When I make posts about Aceves having staring contests I am referring to mound visits where he and Varitek would just literally stare at each other after going through the signs multiple times AND previous mound visits with a seven run lead late or down by 6 in the 4th. He’s one of those oddly lucky and quirky guys who’s tenure has run it’s course in a Red Sox uniform. It is now time for him to GTFO of the way.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Hey how about those 8-13 bluejays? Gotta love it!!

  2. pisano - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Who would have ever guessed it?

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    2 balks, thats gotta be some kind of a record.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Not sure yet who was the last to do it in an inning. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston points out that John Dopson had two balks in an inning, four in a game, for the Red Sox on June 13, 1989.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        Ha! Yeah I’m sure that list is short and distinguished!

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        Charlie Brown

      • Jack Marshall - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:23 AM

        The umpires came out of the gate calling balks like crazy in 1989. It was wildly unfair to Dopson, among others.

  4. sabatimus - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    DFA! DFA!

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      You left out an “I” and the letters are in the wrong order.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    How are the A’s the better cold-weather team in this matchup? Ridiculous.

  6. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Holy sh*t…a john dopson reference!!!

    I never thought i would ever hear that name again…

  7. randygnyc - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Hat tip to Brian Cashman (little known fact that Alfredo is on the Yankees 41 man roster)

  8. tfbuckfutter - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I think Aceves just got nervous because he’s pitching against his dad.

  9. coloradostupid - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I get scared when I see Aceves approach the mound, in exactly the same way I always got scared when I saw Jason Giambi approached the plate against the Red Sox – same feeling of impending doom.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Imagine if Urbina had ever had to start a game….

      Yikes.

  10. uyf1950 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Don’t know why everyone is picking on Aceves. He started the game with a 6.28 ERA. It’s not Lackey is any better. Lackey’s last full season with the Sox 2011 his ERA 6.41 Be careful what you ask for Red Sox fans you may just get it.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      How about this for an inning of work:

      – Walk
      – Single
      – Walk
      – Walk (one run)
      – K
      – Single (two runs)
      – Balk
      – Sac fly (one run)
      – Infield single, E1 (one run)
      – Balk
      – E6 (one run)
      – Groundout

      This.

      This is why everyone is picking on Aceves.

  11. APBA Guy - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Thing is, for the first two innings Aceves was very good, hitting the corners, working in and out, working quickly. It really did all go to hell in the 3rd. Two good innings usually means back to the bullpen.

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