One mistake spells trouble for Stammen
As he’s done consistently since his arrival a month ago, Stammen (1-3) had no trouble at the start Wednesday night. He retired the first nine Boston batters he faced, throwing 28 of his first 33 pitches for strikes.
Opponents are hitting a .172 against Stammen the first time through the order. But the 25-year-old - just like most young pitchers - tends to fade as the night wears on. Opponents are hitting .250 the second time they see Stammen and .415 the third time around.
So the Red Sox’s fourth-inning rally, plus the three runs they tacked on after that, weren’t all that surprising. Chalk it up to another lesson learned for a rookie starter who could be headed back to Class AAA Syracuse now that injured left-hander Scott Olsen (who allowed two runs over six innings Wednesday in a rehab start) appears ready to return.
“He knows,” Acta said of Stammen. “He threw the ball a lot better than what the box score shows.”
Small consolation for a guy who will be hoping to apply some of the important lessons he has picked up during his month in the majors.
“I had good stuff,” Stammen said. “I just made a couple of mistakes with it. It’s very frustrating.”