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Porcello apologizes for not delivering free furniture

Rob Bradford
August 04, 2018 - 8:39 am

The vast majority of Rick Porcello's 86 pitches Friday night were spot-on.

It was just that one which could have had a real impact, potentially altering living room's all throughout New England.

The only reason Porcello didn't come away with a no-hitter against the Yankees was due to Miguel Andujar's third-inning solo home run. If not for that one hit, a whole lot of people would have gotten some free furniture thanks to a Jordan's Furniture promotion.

The company's deal is that any item purchased between March 28 and May 20 wouldn't cost a thing if a Red Sox pitcher threw a no-hitter after July 17.

"Now that you put it that way, I feel pretty bad about it," Porcello said. "I’m sorry to everyone who missed out on free furniture. I shouldn’t have thrown that changeup."

(A tweet from WBZ-TV's Steve Burton painted the picture of what a difference that one pitch might have made: "Just spoke with Jordan’s Furniture’s Eliot Tatelman. Ready for this? 'Rick Porcello’s one hitter last night would have been free furniture to 45,000 families, over $100,000,000.00. One pitch made the difference.'"

Porcello's performance did offer New England baseball fans a good chunk of satisfaction even without the delivery of tables and chairs. 

The Red Sox' starter's complete game was dominant at a key time, with the righty striking out nine and not walking a batter. It marked the first time a Red Sox' pitcher finished with one or fewer hits and no walks in a complete game since Jon Lester did it May 10, 2013. (For a complete recap of the Red Sox' 4-1 win, click here.)

In the last 50 seasons, the only Red Sox pitcher with a complete game one-hitter against the Yankees was Pedro Martinez who managed the feat Sept. 10, 1999. The pair of pitchers are the only major league pitchers since 1908 wich such a line against New York.

"Yeah, I think so, given the circumstances against that ballclub," said Porcello when asked if this was the best start of his career. "Can't think of the games that I've pitched that have been more important than division rival games right now. So yeah, came at a good time."

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