02 June 2005

Jon Papelbon Update

Jon Papelbon has made only one start since the last update, and it was a tremendous effort, putting Portland in position to finally get the runs in a wild extra inning win over New Hampshire.

Box from 5.31.05 | (ND)
8 IP, H, ER, BB, 4 K

It was Papelbon's longest outing of the year so far, and save for the walk, he was dominant. Here's the game recap from MaineToday.com:

Papelbon, making his first appearance in nine days because of last week's rainouts, struck out four and walked one intentionally in a career-high eight innings. New Hampshire got its run in the fifth on a double, balk and sacrifice fly.

Perkins baffled Portland with his fastball and slider. He kept his no-hitter until David Murphy's infield single in the sixth. Perkins lasted 7 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, including Moss' homer.

"Two good pitchers hooked up there," Fisher Cats Manager Mike Basso said. "That was a good game."

Here's an article on the Portland prospects over at MetroWest Daily Network.

Pitching? A couple of Jons -- 6-2 left-hander Jon Lester (1-1, 3.38 in eight starts) and 6-4 right-hander Jon Papelbon (3-2, 2.27 in eight starts) -- are discussed as future members of the Sox' starting rotation. Righthander Cla Meredith already blew through Portland, and, after lighting up the Eastern League and getting a rude awakening via a springtime cup of coffee with the Red Sox, is now pitching at Triple-A Pawtucket. And then there's Hyde Park product Manny Delcarmen (4-3, 4.70, one save), drafted by the Sox in 2000. Having made his comeback from Tommy John liagament-replacement surgery, he has emerged as the closer in the Portland bullpen, his fastball hitting the mid-90s.

This is a terrific article with Jon from the Globe:

Jon Papelbon is still ticked. Ticked he didn't challenge Sammy Sosa with something high and hard back March 24 in a spring training start in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ticked he cheated himself by throwing his third-best pitch, his curveball, to Sosa on consecutive pitches after brazenly backing the Orioles slugger off the plate with a fastball up and in during Papelbon's first career game above Single A.
"I didn't want [to throw a curveball], but, you know, he's a big league catcher, he might have seen something I didn't see," Papelbon said. "I wasn't going to shake him off. But I really wanted to blow him away with high heat."

Here's Jon's 2005 campaign thus far:

3-2, 2.10 ERA, 55.2 IP, 32 H, 13 ER, 7 HR, 15 BB, 48 K

His next start lines up on June 4th vs. New Britain

  • Papelbon Update- 5.24.05

  • Papelbon Update- 5.13.05

  • Papelbon Update- 5.3.05

  • Papelbon Update- 4.19.05

  • Papelbon Update- 4.12.05

  • Papelbon Update- 3.29.05
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