September 6, 2006


Rookie's mighty good start (JOE McDONALD, 9/06/06, Providence Journal)

[Kason Gabbard] dominated the Chicago White Sox' batting order and helped Boston to a 1-0 victory last night. Gabbard pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits, with six strikeouts and two walks, in his Fenway debut to earn his first major-league victory.

"He threw everything for strikes," said Boston manager Terry Francona. "He sank the ball, threw a very good changeup, and had his best breaking ball we've seen. . . . He pitched like a veteran pitcher tonight."

Gabbard worked quickly and needed just 80 pitches (54 strikes), and along with a solid defense behind him, he was able to defeat the White Sox in a brisk 2:14.

Prior to the game, Gabbard sat down with catcher Doug Mirabelli and figured out how the battery would approach the defending World Series champions.

"I had a pretty good game plan from the start," said Gabbard. "It was just one of those days when you go out there and everything feels good."

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 6, 2006 8:20 AM
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