Although a Boston Red Sox’s offense might have taken a step back, Clay Buchholz hopes to build on his earnest lapse to a revolution while fluctuating a team’s franchise-record widen on a mound.
As a right-hander creates his second start off a infirm list, a Red Sox will try to extent an competition to 3 runs or fewer for a 14th true home diversion when they continue their array with a Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
Boston (38-45) averaged 2.4 runs while attack .215 over a 14-game widen before scoring 8 with 12 hits Sunday to finish a array feat during Yankee Stadium. But a offense regressed badly Monday, going hitless off Chicago’s Jake Arrieta until Stephen Drew’s two-out singular in a eighth inning of a 2-0 loss.
A.J. Pierzynski – 5 for 43 in his prior 12 games – combined a singular in a ninth, yet a dual hits matched a deteriorate low as a Red Sox’s three-game home winning strain ended. Drew (3 for 39) and Xander Bogaerts (2 for 38) are among a others mired in slumps.
”We usually ran into a man that was on his game,” second baseman Dustin Pedroia insisted. ”He was unequivocally good. Sometimes you’ve got to tip your shawl and come out tomorrow and play well.”
Boston will try to rebound behind and yield some run support for Buchholz (3-4, 6.75 ERA), who looks to win his second true start following a month’s deficiency due to a hyperextended left knee.
After permitting 3 runs on dual homers in a second inning Wednesday, a right-hander gave adult one run a rest of a approach in a 5-4 win during Seattle for his initial feat given May 2. He was fit while throwing 76 pitches over a season-high 7 1-3 innings.
“(Buchholz) was outstanding,” manager John Farrell said. “With a difference of a three-hitter camber in a second inning, he unequivocally staid in from a third inning on.”
Though he’s 1-2 with an 8.66 ERA in 4 home starts this season, Buchholz hopes to assistance extend Boston’s strain of permitting 3 runs or reduction during Fenway Park. The Red Sox have posted a 1.34 ERA over this 13-game run, gnawing a authorization record Monday that was set in 1914 and equaled a following year.
The Cubs (35-46), who won a opener with usually 5 hits, have averaged 2.9 runs and batted .203 during a 4-6 stretch.
Nate Schierholtz went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run after going 2 for 23 over his prior 9 contests, yet slugger Anthony Rizzo went hitless and is 4 for 24 though a home run or an RBI over his final six.
Chicago will expected need a offense to measure some-more than a few runs with Edwin Jackson (5-8, 5.22) holding a mound. He’s 1-3 with a 7.29 ERA in his final 4 starts after giving adult 4 runs over 5 1-3 innings in Wednesday’s 4-1 home detriment to Cincinnati.
The right-hander has left 1-6 with a 6.70 ERA in 8 highway outings in 2014. He’s also 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA in 6 career starts during Fenway Park – nothing given 2009.
David Ortiz is 9 for 20 with dual home runs lifetime when confronting Jackson, yet Mike Napoli has left usually 1 for 9 with 4 strikeouts.