Wakefield served up a total of 10 gopher balls
during that streak.
Sox relievers have worked 40-2/3 straight innings without giving up a gopher ball
"It was right down the middle, up in the zone," Shields said, shaking his head about the gopher balls
. "They're good hitters over there, and they took advantage of it.
Craig Breslow gave up a home run to Caleb Joseph and has served up eight gopher balls
in 53⅔ innings.
Although Lima just escaped Bert Blyleven's single-season record of 50 gopher balls
; no other hurler has ever given up homers with such frequency.
He has served up eight gopher balls
in 26⅔ innings this year.
Of the 156 gopher balls
served up by Sox pitching, 111 came with nobody on base.
In contrast, John Lackey has served up 21 gopher balls
but they have cost him just 25 runs.
With 15 gopher balls
served up, Dempster is third in the league.
That was significant considering that in his previous three starts, he had served up six gopher balls
Masterson worked 21-2/3 innings between gopher balls
Overall, 12 of the last 15 gopher balls
off Sox pitching have come with nobody on base.