The gopher ball
was the last pitch Atchison threw, with Mark Melancon coming on in relief.
The home run Albers gave up to Jason Kipnis in the ninth was just his second gopher ball
of the season, and first at Fenway.
It was supposed to be a fastball down and away," Beckett said of the gopher ball
, "and it caught the middle of the plate.
After that first-pitch homer, not only did Okajima not serve up another gopher ball
for weeks, he did not allow another run until May 22.
Craig Breslow gave up a home run to Caleb Joseph and has served up eight gopher balls
in 53⅔ innings.
Wakefield served up a total of 10 gopher balls
during that streak.
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