Red Sox bullpen shines, but eventually falls in extra innings loss to Brewers
A superb night from the Red Sox bullpen to pick up a poor outing from Clay Buchholz was spoiled in the eleventh inning as Khris Davis and Logan Schafer recorded back-to-back doubles off Burke Badenhop (loss) to give the Brewers a 7-6 win at Fenway Park. It was the second straight loss for the Red Sox.
“Our bullpen saved us tonight,” manager John Farrell said. “The number of innings they had to pitch, stressful pitches. Tazawa, Workman, Capuano, all did outstanding jobs. We’re in the 11th inning with three guys remaining and even though Burke had pitched two innings yesterday we felt like he was the one guy with some sink and some action who could put the ball on the ground. Double the other way and then another double and that’s the difference in the ballgame. We were pressed late in that 11th inning.”
Before Badenhop in the eleventh, the Red Sox bullpen had thrown 5 2/3 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts. Overall the bullpen threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing just the one run on six hits, while striking out 15 and walking just one.
Chris Capuano, a West Springfield native making his first ever appearance at Fenway Park gave the Red Sox two innings of scoreless relief recording four strikeouts. Brandon Workman then went 1 2/3 scoreless innings, while striking out three getting out of two big jams, one in the seventh and the other in the eighth. Koji Uehara struck out the side on 13 pitches in the ninth, before Junichi Tazawa recorded four outs (wild pitch on a strikeout) got out of a bases loaded jam in the tenth.
Buchholz allowed six runs on 13 hits in just 4 1/3 innings of work. The 13 hits were a career-high allowed for the seven-year veteran. Milwaukee recorded multiple hits in all five innings he appeared in, finishing with five total extra-base hits off the Sox starter.
“Uncharacteristic because even on days when he had his best stuff there is always the ability to manipulate the baseball and move the ball off the bat head,” Farrell said. “To their credit they didn’t miss any pitches up.”
Poor defense by the Brewers played a major role in the Red Sox scoring as only two of the six Red Sox runs were earned. The Sox scored three unearned runs in the third on a Mike Napoli three-run homer to dead center field and then another in the sixth when shortstop Jean Segura booted a Jonathan Herrera grounder allowing Xander Bogaerts to score, tying the game at six.
Napoli and Bogaerts each had two hits for the Red Sox as they finished with seven total as a team.
The teams will wrap up their weekend series tomorrow afternoon (1:35, NESN) where Jon Lester will take on Yovani Gallardo as the Sox look to avoid a series sweep.
What they’ll be saying: It was a tough loss for the Red Sox as they were able to overcome a poor outing from Buchholz to tie the game, but once the game was tied they couldn’t string together hits to put them over the top. The Red Sox didn’t have a runner reach second base after the sixth inning … Besides Buchholz, the pitching was outstanding as their 18 strikeouts were the most in a game since they struck out 20 at Philadelphia in 2009, and for the first time in team history they had five pitchers record three or more strikeouts in a game … Will Middlebrooks and Mike Carp were scratched from the original lineup, but Carp entered the game in the 10th when David Ortiz pinch-hit. Meanwhile, Middlebrooks strained his calf pregame and will undergo an MRI Sunday morning.