Schilling looked stronger as game progressed

Updated: April 7, 2005, 8:26 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Curt Schilling gave up seven runs in six innings in a rehabilitation start for Boston's Triple-A Pawtucket farm team Thursday, then said he's ready to start for the Red Sox next week against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

Curt Schilling

"I felt great," he said. "Going into today, I wanted to get mentally ready. I stretched it out. No fatigue. I felt strong. I'm going to go out and compete against the Yankees on Wednesday. I'll be ready."

Schilling, recovering from offseason ankle surgery, allowed 11 hits, including two solo homers, a triple and a double. He struck out six and walked none, throwing 77 of 104 pitches for strikes in a 7-5 loss to the Indianapolis Indians.

After throwing 47 pitches and struggling with left-handed hitters in the first two innings, he retired 12 of his last 16 batters, striking out four.

"I felt fantastic in the bullpen," he said. "I thought I was going to dominate. Sharpness-wise, I'm as ready as I always am at this point. I'm very disappointed with the outcome of the game. I gave up seven runs on 11 hits. There's nothing to be pleased about that."

Schilling allowed homers to Edwards Guzman in the first inning and to Ryan Doumit in the third. He threw strikes on 14 of his 17 pitches in the first inning but threw 18 balls and 18 strikes in the second, giving up four runs and five hits. Yurendell de Caster led off with a double, and Guzman hit a two-run single down the right field line.

"The two home runs were both on pitches I wanted to throw, in the spots I wanted to throw them," Schilling said. "The home runs come from not knowing the hitters."

Schilling was sharper in the third inning, throwing five balls and five strikes, and in the fourth, when he threw seven strikes and two balls.

Nate McLouth got a fifth-inning triple when his sinking liner skipped past left fielder Chip Ambres. Graham Koonce followed with an RBI single, but Schilling finished the inning by striking out the next two batters.

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