Tuesday’s Red Sox-Cubs matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Edwin Jackson
|07.01.14 at 12:03 pm ET|
Buchholz (3-4) made his return to the rotation last Wednesday after being sidelined with what was called a hyperextended knee for the last month. Given how poorly he pitched prior to his trip to the disabled list, Buchholz was strong in his first game back against the Mariners. He gave up four runs on seven hits and had no walks in 7 1/3 innings in a 5-4 Red Sox win. The right-hander went at least seven innings for just the second time this season, and he threw 55 of his 76 pitches for strikes.
“I think there wasn’t a whole lot of thought going on out there. He was in the flow of the game,” manager John Farrell said after the game. ‘There was a good feel for all four pitches he was throwing. No hesitation on his part. That’s a sign of confidence and a good frame of mind on the mound with that tempo.”
Tuesday will be Buchholz’s first career start against the Cubs. He’s pitched twice against National League opponents in 2014 and struggled in both games. He is 0-1 with a 14.72 ERA in interleague play this season.
Like Buchholz, Jackson (5-8, 5.22 ERA) has had his share of struggles this season. The righty has lost three of his last four starts and has only gone six full innings once since May 23. Jackson was especially bad in June, going 2-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 26 innings pitched.
Jackson took another loss last Wednesday when he gave up four runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Reds.
“It’s a tough lineup and they’ll make you work,” Jackson said of the Reds after the game. “I thought for the most part I could contain them until the sixth inning, and then they busted it open. … You still have to get that first batter. It always jump-starts the inning when you get that leadoff guy on.”
Tuesday will mark Jackson‘s 13th career appearance against the Red Sox, but his first since Sept. 28, 2010, when he was a member of the White Sox. He took a no-decision in that outing after giving up three earned runs over seven innings in a 5-4 White Sox win. Jackson is 2-4 with a 5.49 ERA against the Red Sox.
Cubs vs. Buchholz (RHP)
Ryan Sweeney (6 plate appearances): .333 AVG/.333 OBP/.667 SLG, 2 doubles
Luis Valbuena (5): .200/.200/.800, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout
Chris Coghlan (3): .000/.000/.000
Red Sox vs. Jackson (RHP)
David Ortiz (26 plate appearances): .450 AVG/.577 OBP/.850 SLG, 2 HR, 2 doubles, 8 RBIs, 6 walks, 2 strikeouts
A.J. Pierzynski (25): .333/.333/.583, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 4 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia (20): .294/.400/.529, 1 HR, 1 double, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Mike Napoli (9): .111/.111/.111, 4 strikeouts
Stephen Drew (8): .429/.500/.429, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Jonathan Herrera (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
David Ross struck out in both of his two career plate appearances.
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