The Boston Red Sox are pretty much playing for the 2015 season. The team is taking an opportunity to get a look at some of their younger players who figure to be apart of that roster. One of those players is young starting pitcher Brandon Workman. The right-handed pitcher figures to be apart of the starting rotation, but is struggling in his second season with the team. Those struggles continued on Thursday night in a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Workman’s struggles came early as he gave up three runs in the first inning. The scoring started on a lead off walk followed by four hits. Overall Workman had a less than mediocre outing. He ended up pitching 5 1/3 innings in which he gave up four runs overall. The last run came on a sole homerun in the fifth inning off the bat off Kolten Wong. The bright spot was that Workman was able to navigate himself through five innings with just giving up the four runs and keeping his team in the game. Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, however, shut down the offense.
The Red Sox only two runs came in the third inning. Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia began the inning with singles and Mike Napoli singled up the middle with one out. Catcher Christian Vasquez then hit a single up the middle with two outs, delivering the team’s only offense for the night.
Wainwright (14-6) only allowed the two runs over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked only two in becoming the second pitcher in the majors to reach 14 wins this season. Furthermore, he was able to get a little revenge on the team he faced and lost to in the World Series.
With the loss, Workman's record has dropped to 1-5 on the season. He continues to struggle in the early parts of games. After the game, he told reporters, “They got me today, I put up a three-spot in the first. I threw well after the first.” Brandon Workman appears to be in a sophomore slump and the team is hoping that with more innings pitched, he will eventually work himself back to the promising pitcher he was during the team’s World Series run. The team has now lost seven of its last nine games.