BOSTON -- A little bit of rest can go a long way -- seven innings exactly, if you’re Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront.
Making his first start since Sept. 6, Doubront earned his 11th win of the season Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. The left-hander allowed two runs on four hits in his seven innings of work, pushing his innings total for the season to 161 and tying the single-season career high mark he set last year.
“I was feeling good, arm felt good,” Doubront said. “I was impressed because I was feeling good on my pitches. I was probably [too] strong.”
Doubront came out of the gate hitting 94-mph in the first and retiring the side in order using his fastball exclusively. It wasn’t until his 34th pitch that he featured a breaking ball, a curveball to Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole.
“He was very good, much more powerful than the last few times out,” manager John Farrell said. “A lot of strikes, maybe not the number of strikeouts [two] that we’re used to seeing from Felix but I thought he carried his stuff for the full seven innings.”
“Overall, he repeated his delivery. It just looked more fresh and rested and that was the case. A solid seven innings of work.”
Doubront’s 11 wins also tied the single-season career high he set last year, albeit in two less starts. With 73 earned runs allowed compared to 87 in 2012, along with 11 less home runs given up, Farrell believes that the best is still yet to come for the 25-year-old.
“You see a guy that threw 160 innings in the regular season, 11-6, you view Felix as a guy that there’s more in there,” he said. “And he’s capable of more in it. It comes down to more of the physical side out of it and the endurance through a full season.”
“He’s an extremely talented young guy.”