Although he was pitching well, Brandon Workman didn’t get to see his night get past the sixth inning, as the Red Sox starter was thrown out of the game on Friday after throwing behind Evan Longoria.
Both benches were warned in the first inning after David Ortiz was plunked by David Price, but even though Price nailed Mike Carp in the fourth, the Tampa Bay starter was spared the wrath of home plate umpire Dan Bellino.
Workman wasn’t so lucky, as a pitch to Longoria with one out in the sixth inning sailed near the Ray third baseman’s head, prompting the immediate ejection from Bellino. The Boston righthander protested that the ball slipped out of his hand in the rain, but the ump wasn’t buying it.
Burke Badenhop came in to relieve Workman, and after walking Longoria he snared a liner from James Loney that he quickly flipped to Carp at first for the inning ending double play.
Workman’s final line was 5.1 innings pitched, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. He only threw 89 pitches, 51 of them for strikes.
The 25-year-old has made five starts in his big league career, never pitching longer than 6.1 innings. His best start came on July 30, 2013, when he went six frames and allowed one run on six hits to the Seattle Mariners, picking up nine strikeouts and walking only one. He has never allowed more than three runs in a big league start.
Presuming the Red Sox don’t make any more rotation changes this week, Workman’s next start would be Wednesday, June 4, as the Red Sox face the Indians in Cleveland.