The Sox last night yet again battled back in the late innings, after trailing for the majority of the game. In spite of Pomeranz’s poor start…. Yes he allowed just 2 Runs, but lasted 4.2 and walked 5… and the bullpen’s ineffectiveness, the Sox offense refused to give up the game. The best 2017-18 free agent signing J.D. Martinez is on pace for 48 HRs, 138 RbIs. That would be the most RBIs for a Red sox since David Ortiz had 148 in 2005.
Brian Johnson, who should stay in rotation until E-Rod comes back, takes the mound for the Sox. Johnson got rocked in his recent start against the Yankees, but the Sox offense got to CC and the bullpen for a 15-7 rout. This was the first time he gave up more than 3 Runs since April 28 against the Rays, where he gave up 5 Runs in 2 innings. Something that was lost in his start, was that he came out of nowhere to strike out 11 NY batters. His season high for Ks in a game previously was 5 strikeouts, which was done in four games.
Johnson has faced the Blue Jays 3 times (1 start) this season, going 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA. In those 3 games, he gave up 6 ER in 4.2 innings, walking 5 and striking out 5.
Mike Hauschild takes the ball for the Blue Jays. The former Astros prospects was recently released by the organization that drafted him, and Toronto quickly swooped him up to a deal. He immediately took J.A. Happ’s rotation spot, and made his first start in a Blue Jays uniform last Thursday. In 2017 as a Rule 5 guy with the Texas Rangers, he had a rude welcome to the majors giving up 10 ER in 8 innings (11.25 ERA). But Hauchild’s first start with the Blue Jays was successful, his first career Win while pitching 6 shutout innings vs the Mariner.
Brian Johnson — Career vs Toronto Blue Jays in 5 games (3 starts), 1-1 with a 7.47 ERA. Career at Rogers Centre in 2 games (1 start), 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA. That is 6 ER in 5 innings, including a walkoff HR earlier this season.
Toronto Blue Jays:
Aledmys Diaz – 0 for 2
Curtis Granderson – Walk
Randal Grichuk – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Double, Walk, K
Teoscar Hernandez – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, Walk
Luke Maile – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) HR, 2 RBIs
Russell Martin – 1 for 8 (.125 avg) HR, RBI, Walk, 3 Ks
Kendrys Morales – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, 2 Ks
Kevin Pillar – 4 for 7 (.571 avg) 2 Doubles
Justin Smoak – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, K
Yangervis Solarte – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) K
Devon Travis – 0 for 2, 2 Walks, K
Richard Urena —–
Mike Hauschild — First career start vs the Boston Red Sox. First career start at Rogers Centre.
Boston Red Sox:
No current Red Sox batter has faced Hauschild before.