Monday, July 15, 2013

Quicke All Star Break Sports Chowdah Update- Red Sox Come Up Short After Workman-Like Effort in Oakland; Lincecum No-Hits Padres

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RED SOX- The Red Sox wrapped up the first half of the season with a Sunday afternoon game against Oakland out on the west coast. It also marked the MLB debut of Brandon Workman as starting pitcher. Workman had a 5-1 record and 3.43 in 11 games for the AA Portland Sea Dogs and a 3-1 record with a 2.80 ERA in 6 games for AAA Pawtucket and made his first appearance of the season for Boston on Tuesday in relief of Felix Doubront against Seattle.

Although the Mariners managed to rough up Workman- including giving up two doubles, a homer and 3 RBI in two innings of work- it was a different story in Oakland. Workman managed to confound the Oakland bats, not allowing a hit through the first six innings. The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead thanks to RBI singles from Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt and managed to chase Bartolo Colon from the mound after 6⅔ innings. The A's managed to break up Workman's no-hit bid in the bottom of the 7th with a leadoff infield single from former Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp. A's outfielder Josh Donaldson then homered to the deepest part of the stadium to tie it up at 2-2. The game remained deadlocked at 2-2 until the bottom of the 11th when recently-acquired Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton gave up a walkoff RBI single to Donaldson to give Oakland the 3-2 win. Oakland wins the weekend series by a margin of 2 games to 1.

The silver lining is that despite the lackluster road trip to the West coast, the Red Sox still have the best record in all of MLB. And keep in mind that this is without Lester at his sharpest, the services of Buchholz or a clearly defined closer in the bullpen for the last several weeks.

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS- What was a battle for last place in the NL West in San Diego's PetCo Park on Saturday night garnered the attention of MLB as San Francisco Giants starter Tim Lincecum threw his first career no-hitter.

Lincecum threw 148 pitches in the complete game 9-0 win over the Padres in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. The no-no was the Giants third no hitter since 2009, with two of those coming against the Padres and one of them against the Houston Astros. Jonathan Sanchez no-hit the Padres in July 2009 in what was the first-ever no-hitter at San Francisco's AT&T Park while Matt Cain threw a perfect game against Houston in June 2012 for the first-ever perfect game at the park.

The successful no-hit bid was the first one from a pitcher not named Homer Bailey since September 2012. Lincecum's no-no on Saturday was the first ever no hitter thrown in San Diego's PetCo park, which opened in 2004. The Padres remain the only MLB club that doesn't have a no-hitter to their name.

ALL STAR GAME- Oakland Outfielder Yoanis Cespedes won the 2013 Home Run Derby at New York's Citi Field on Monday Night. The Cuban defector bested Washington's Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round to take the 2013 title.

Tuesday night's All-Star game is set to have the Mets' Matt Harvey [7-2; 2.35 ERA] go up against Detroit's Max Scherzer [13-1; 3.09 ERA] . Scherzer lost his first start of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Rangers.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 ET and the game will be televised on FOX with ESPN Radio carrying the radio broadcast feed.

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