Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Red Sox hold off Yanks in opener

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Kristopher Love | 09 October, 2018, 10:25

Workman has held opponents scoreless in 10 of his last 13 appearances, and Cora saw enough despite the five earned runs coughed up by Workman in just 1 1/3 innings over two outings against NY in that span. He's 6 for 13 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in his career against Price. He spent two separate stints on the DL due to mild left shoulder inflammation during the second half of the season.

"That's a guy I trust", Cora said.

While a low-profile acquisition when they dealt for him from the Jays in late June, the Red Sox wanted Pearce for some depth hitting against lefties of which Happ, of course, is part of that breed. "Last year he was throwing 98, 99 in Game 1 (against Houston)". "They make it tough for me". This is a team you have to mix it up. "He still has to pitch".

New York's Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) allowed a solo homer to Xander Bogaerts in the fourth among three hits in five innings.

But the bottom line is Sale was good.

Happ is 1-1 with a 1.99 ERA in four starts against Boston this season (six of the 11 runs against him were unearned) and was 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA in four outings last season.

"That one, the 3-4-5, we had three options", Cora said.

That's why what Sale did last night was so important, especially given their opponent.

The Dodgers managed 10 hits in their first two Division Series games against the Braves, but five were homers (plus two doubles), and combined with Ryu and Kershaw dominating they lead the series two-games-to-none. Rodriguez failed to cover first base on a Judge chopper to the right side leading off the seventh, resulting in an infield single.

But Sandy Leon is 1-for-10 (.100), Jackie Bradley Jr.

Brandon Workman and Joe Kelly were selected ahead of Heath Hembree and Bobby Poyner, slotting into a bullpen that already includes Craig Kimbrel, Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Four of Sale's strikeouts came on sliders, three on changeups and one with the fastball, which may have been the best of the night. He also walked three and struck out three.

Sale and Cora have both pointed to some mechanical adjustments this week, as Sale threw a pair of bullpen sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. He was a pitcher.

Manager Alex Cora said Sale is "a full go", and the problems with his velocity were related to his mechanics and not his health or arm strength. The right-hander is the only Red Sox pitcher with a World Series ring and has nearly identical career splits against right-handed and left-handed hitters (.256/.321/.425 against righties, .256/.323/.426 against lefties). "But sometimes you learn from the bad more than the good", Sale said Thursday, a day before the longtime AL East rivals open their best-of-five series. Tonight, from the get-go with McCutchen he was very aggressive in the strike zone, you could see the good extension, repeating his delivery, breaking ball was good, changeup was good, he was outstanding for us.