Unfortunately the opposing pitcher was Matt Moore and just a wee bit better last night to win the game 3 - 0.
It was fun to watch Brandon Workman on his second start this year. Let's be honest, the Red Sox could use him in this form.
He took a no-hitter into the 7th inning on his first start. This time around he allowed just 2 runs in 6 innings, on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. The first inning was rough with 33 pitches needed to retire the Rays, but he settled down after that and posted pitch counts of 18, 12, 12, 18, and 10 over the last 5 innings he pitched.
He has a really interesting, almost classic pitching motion that seems to just let the ball explode out of his wind up. He does not have overpowering stuff, but it is this motion and his ability to pitch to the situation that makes him so solid in his two starts.
He finished strong, a great sign of the steely nerves he seems to possess.
He walked the lead off hitter in the 5th inning which led to another run, but then he retired the last 4 hitters he faced before passing off the game to the bullpen.
Brandon Workman is a great option if you can put him up against premium teams and get results like this. He allowed the bullpen to rest, he held the Rays to 2 earned runs, and you can't ask for much more than that can you?
Maybe a few more hits from the Red Sox and Brandon Workman would be a 2 game winner?
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell