After walking the first batter of the first inning, it seemed like the beleaguered Red Sox pitching staff was off to another dismal performance. Porcello, however, dispelled those notions by punching out the next three batters and finished with one run, 2 hits and 6 K’s through 7 full innings.
It’s exactly what the Sox hurlers needed after giving up 17 hits the previous night against the Jays. Boston took the series 2-1 but more importantly, Porcello established the dominance we needed to see on the bump. “He gave us exactly what we needed, seven strong innings,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “As much as we talked about starters setting the tone, Rick did exactly that tonight.”
The Sox have been stressing out the pen early as in the case Tuesday against the Jays. Buchholtz only made it 2.2 innings giving up 5 runs on six hits. Mujica, Breslow, Tazawa and Varvaro all gave up runs. The only reliever not charged with a run was Ross.
Last night was different. Although Porcello got into a little trouble and gave up a run in the second, the defense had his back with a heads up play from Mookie Betts to throw out Saunders at third and Pedroia finished the inning on a double play grounder from Goins.
Porcello pitched 7 strong innings, Tazawa rendered the Jays scoreless in the 8th and Koji Uehara polished off the 9th with an impressive 3 punchouts. A solid performance last night from what has been an otherwise less than impressive pitching staff thus far this season.
David Ortiz went 2-4 with an RBI and Hanley clubbed an 0-2 mistake from RA Dickey into the upper row of the monster seats. Hanley tied a club record for most homers before May 1st set by Ortiz in 2006. ” I made a mistake to Hanley, 0-2, and it cost us”, said Dickey,” but outside of that I felt like I was pretty on point for most of the night.” Dickey also went 7 innings picking up 4 K’s in his 3rd loss of the season.