|Sunday’s Red Sox-Indians matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Corey Kluber||06.15.14 at 9:48 am ET|
Workman (1-0, 2.86 ERA) was brilliant in his last start against the Orioles on Tuesday, holding Baltimore to just one hit and no runs over 6 2/3 innings. The Texas native had a no-hitter in the works until Ryan Flaherty broke it up with a single in the sixth inning.
“I was not really thinking about it,” Workman said after the game. “I was just trying to stay in the moment and keep executing pitches and keep working each batter. Not getting ahead of myself.”
Workman could have pitched deeper in the game, but two rain delays prompted Boston manager John Farrell to pull him in the seventh after just 67 pitches.
Workman has proven himself to be a more than capable starter at the major league level, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.90 ERA in seven career starts with the Red Sox.
Workman was solid in his last start against the Indians on June 4, giving up four hits and three earned runs in five innings of work. Sunday will mark Workman’s second career appearance against Cleveland.
On most occasions, allowing 11 men to reach base in an outing would spell doom for any starting pitcher.
And yet, in a cruel twist of fate that only a game as unpredictable as baseball can produce, Boston’s normally lockdown bullpen, coupled with an anemic lineup, ultimately could not help deliver Peavy his second win of the season, as the Red Sox fell to the Indians, 3-2, snapping their abrupt two-game winning streak.
It was a disheartening affair for Peavy, as the former Cy Young Award winner labored through two separate bases-loaded situations while stranding seven Cleveland runners in scoring position, only to ultimately come up short.
“Wins and losses are all that matter, and we lost,” Peavy said after the game. “Obviously, there’s disappointment.”
Scanning through most of Peavy’s final stat line was certainly not easy on the eyes: six innings pitched, seven hits, two walks, two hit batters. However, what mattered most was just one earned run allowed – a mark that Peavy has not been able to do since April 25 against the Blue Jays.
“I thought Jake did a great job with making a number of big pitches with men on, men in scoring position,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell after the game. “There were opportunities on both sides that came up empty. You can credit good pitching on both sides to make a key pitch. Jake gave us a quality start.”
While Peavy (1-4, 4.53 ERA) has struggled to find his bearings for most of the 2014 campaign, the Mobile, Ala., native has excelled in navigating through danger in his outings. Batters are hitting just .189 (7-for-37) against Peavy with two outs and runners in scoring position this season.
|Closing Time: Sox bullpen falters, Indians snap Boston’s seven-game home win streak||06.14.14 at 7:31 pm ET|
Entering Saturday’s game, the Red Sox bullpen posted a collective 2.90 ERA – good for sixth lowest in baseball this season.
The loss snaps Boston’s brief two-game win streak and seven-game home winning streak, which originated on May 28 against the Braves.The Red Sox are now 8-15 this season in one-run games this season.
With the Red Sox leading 2-1 going into the seventh, Breslow entered the game and surrendered two-straight singles to Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley, putting runners at the corners with no outs.
Jason Kipnis followed with a groundout to Dustin Pedroia, who proceeded to throw home in an attempt to retire the advancing Cabrera. While the throw was in time, Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski mishandled the ball, allowing Cabrera to score and put runners on first and second.
After walking David Murphy to load the bases, Breslow was pulled for Junichi Tazawa, who proceeded to walk Carlos Santana, forcing in a run and giving Cleveland a 3-2 lead. It was the first time that Tazawa has walked in a run in his major-league career.
|Red Sox pregame notes: Stephen Drew faces ‘biggest test’ in BP; Brock Holt starts in right field||at 2:56 pm ET|
It was going to be judgment day for Stephen Drew. That, however, will have to wait until Sunday.
The beleaguered Red Sox shortstop, who hasn’t appeared in a game since Sunday after suffering a right oblique injury, took part in batting practice before today’s game - an important stepping stone in his eventual return to field.
After the Red Sox‘ 3-2 loss to the Indians, manager John Farrell said Drew would be available Sunday. The shortstop suggested the verdict regarding his availability would be determined after seeing how he feels prior to the series finale.
Speaking to the media after his afternoon workout session, Drew seemed encouraged, albeit vague, on the progress of his injury.
“It’s alright, we’re still working through it. So far, it’s pretty good,” Drew said. “I’m still working through things, I’m going to test some other things out and go from there.”
Drew acknowledged that the BP session went as he thought it would, adding that his return is still a work in progress.
“I mean, I’ve never had this [injury], so I’m just trying to work through it like I said and see where we’re at and we got to do some more things and go through some tests, so we’ll see where we’re at at the end,” Drew said.
Drew added: “To start with, it wasn’t tolerable (when the injury first occurred). These extra days and stuff, it’s obviously I could swing a bat and stuff like that. Like I said, just working through things, trying to get at game speed and go from there.”
|Friday’s Red Sox-Indians matchups: John Lackey vs. Justin Masterson||06.13.14 at 8:20 am ET|
Lackey (7-4, 3.18 ERA) was great once again in his last start against the Tigers on Sunday, surrendering just three runs (two earned) over eight innings of work. However, the righty was in line for a loss, as his team trailed 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning.
Lackey’s great performance would be saved by David Ortiz, who crushed an offering from Joba Chamberlain into the right-field bleachers for a three-run home run, giving Boston a 5-3 lead that the team would not relinquish.
“We have that sense pretty much every time he hits,” Lackey said after the game. “He’s special. It’s funny, you almost expect it.”
Lackey received the loss in his last start against the Indians on June 2, despite pitching a complete game. He allowed eight hits and three earned runs over eight innings.
In 18 career starts against Cleveland, Lackey is 7-8 with a 3.93 ERA.
|Closing Time: Jon Lester, Red Sox bats bounce back at Fenway Park in taking series opener against Indians||06.12.14 at 10:19 pm ET|
Thursday night, Jon Lester did what aces are expected to do — get their teams moving in the right direction.
Coming off arguably his worst outing of the season, Saturday in Detroit, Lester dominated the Indians through five innings at Fenway Park. The lefty escaped after a pair of runs in the sixth to lead the Red Sox, finishing with a strong 7 2/3-inning outing, and lifting the Red Sox to a 5-2 win over Cleveland.
Lester struck out three of the first four batters he faced and never looked back. He allowed two runs — one earned — on eight hits, with one walk and four strikeouts to improve to 7-7 with a 3.33 ERA this season. He threw 72 of his 109 pitches for strikes.
The Red Sox returned home after an ugly 2-7 road trip, finally showing some life at the plate. The Sox’ five runs were more than they scored in the entire Baltimore series, having scored just once in three games against the Orioles. The hosts collected eight hits off Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin.
David Ortiz hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning for the Sox’ second and third runs of the game. Mike Napoli was 2-for-4 and scored Boston’s first run in the second inning. Daniel Nava was 3-for-5 and is 9 for his last 22 since his return to the Sox June 2.
Brock Holt‘s hitless night Wednesday ended his 10-game hitting streak, but he got a new one started Thursday with a 2-for-4 night that included a two-run double to left field in the sixth to score Jonathan Herrera and Jackie Bradley.
The Red Sox improved to 30-36 for the season with the win. Here is what went right (and wrong) for John Farrell‘s team:
|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Indians matchups: Jake Peavy vs. T.J. House||06.03.14 at 9:02 am ET|
Peavy (1-2, 4.50 ERA) was efficient in his last start on May 29 against the Braves, holding Atlanta to three earned runs over a season-high eight innings. It was a return to form for the former Cy Young Award winner, as Peavy had allowed a total of 16 earned runs over his three previous starts.
Despite his solid start, Peavy was in line for the loss, as the Red Sox trailed 3-1 in the eighth inning. Peavy would be saved from a loss in the bottom of the frame, as Boston rallied for two runs to tie the game. The Sox would score again in the bottom of the ninth, as a Xander Bogaerts single and an error from Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella allowed Jackie Bradley Jr. to score, giving Boston the 4-3 victory.
“The boys battled hard,” Peavy said. “Their guy [Braves starter Mike Minor] did a really good job, but we stayed in it, caught some breaks early and got some big hits late and caught some breaks there in the ninth.”
Peavy’s last start against the Indians came on April 14, 2013, when Peavy was still a member of the White Sox. In that appearance, Peavy was dominant, holding Cleveland to just one run over seven innings while striking out 11.
In 11 career starts against the Indians, Peavy is 5-3 with a 3.93 ERA.
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