On Monday, Baltimore’s Bud Norris was in the spotlight as he threw eight shutout innings and allowed just three hits in the Orioles’ 4-0 win over the Red Sox.
It was Boston’s turn on Tuesday, as Brandon Workman put together arguably the best start of his MLB career, and it came after sitting through two separate rain delays.
The first delay lasted just 15 minutes, but the second resulted in a 1:18 delay. Workman didn’t seem to mind, however, retiring Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy on seven pitches to end the second inning.
Workman kept dealing through the third and got some help from Xander Bogaerts on defense, as the third baseman made a nice barehand play and then dove to catch a liner from Caleb Joseph for the first won outs of the frame. Workman then struck out Ryan Flaherty to make it nine batters retired in a row.
Another 1-2-3 inning for Workman in the fourth ran it up to 12 batters in a row retired by the Sox starter. He allowed his first base runner in the fifth on a one-out walk to Cruz, but Cruz got caught napping after Dustin Pedroia pulled in a pop up from Hardy and doubled up Cruz to keep Workman having faced the minimum 15 batters in five frames.
Workman struck out Lough and got Joseph to line out for the first two outs in the sixth before allowing his first hit in the ballgame, a single by Flaherty to centerfield. Nick Markakis grounded out to first to end the inning to strand Faherty at first with Workman through six and throwing just 64 pitches.
He got Manny Machado to pop out to start the seventh inning, then saw Adam Jones ground out to third base for the second out. After throwing just 67 pitches, John Farrell took him out of the game in favor of Andrew Miller to face Chris Davis. Miller got Davis to strike out on four pitches to end the seventh inning.
Workman final line on the night was very impressive, going 6 2/3 innings allowing no runs on one hit with one walk and four strikeouts. It was his longest outing at the big league level and easily his most efficient.
He’ll have his hearing for his appeal of the six-game suspension he was handed for throwing at Evan Longoria before his next scheduled outing, which will determine when he will get back on the mound for the Red Sox.