A.J. Pierzynski stepped to the plate representing the tying run with two outs in the 9th, but his shot to center field came up just short, as Coco Crisp made the catch at the wall to end the game. The Red Sox have now scored 2 runs or less in 6 straight games. As ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes tweeted, the franchise record streak for scoring no more than 2 runs is 7 games, set back in 1952.
Sox record for consecutive games 2 runs or fewer is 7, last done in 1952
Sox record for consecutive games 2 runs or fewer is 7, last done in 1952— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) June 20, 2014
- Felix Doubront (2-4, 5.12 ERA) makes his return to the Red Sox rotation to fill in for the suspended Brandon Workman. The Red Sox will send Garin Cecchini back to Pawtucket to make room for Doubront on the roster. Doubront made three rehab starts, giving up only four earned runs in 13.2 innings combined. He had an encouraging outing in his last start, throwing 5 hitless innings and striking out 10. Most importantly, his velocity seems to be coming back, with his fastball being clocked in the low 90's. That seems to be enough to convince the Sox that the shoulder fatigue that landed him on the DL is behind him.
- Speaking of rehab starts, the last appearance by Clay Buchholz was apparently good enough to convince the Sox brass that he's ready to return to the rotation. NESN reports that the next start for Buchholz will be in the majors. The team has yet to announce a date or determine who he will replace in the rotation.
- Dustin Pedroia hit his 4th home run of the season yesterday, putting him on pace to finish in the same territory as last year, when he hit 9. The off-season surgery to fix his thumb was supposed to help him get the pop in his bat back, but it hasn't happened yet. While he leads the team with 77 hits, his .266/.338/.388 slash line would be the worst of his career since he became a fixture in the lineup back in 2007.
- Brad Mills (0-0, 0.00 ERA) gets his first start of the season for Oakland. The 29-year old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 and has thrown a total of 53.1 innings since 2009, posting a 7.76 ERA. If the Red Sox can't score some runs against this guy, who can they hit against?
- This A's squad is loaded with former Red Sox players. We talked about Brandon Moss yesterday, but also on this roster is Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, Nick Punto, and the injured Josh Reddick. That's a handful of former Sox that now make up part of the league's best offense, while Boston is now struggling with the second worst offense in the AL.