It was not going to take much to send Fenway Park into a cacophony of boos with Clay Buchholz on the hill Tuesday night, and he didn’t keep them waiting.

Clay Buchholz allowed three runs in five innings in his first start since May 26. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz allowed three runs in five innings in his first start since May 26. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

It was not going to take much to send Fenway Park into a cacophony of boos with Clay Buchholz on the hill Tuesday night, and he didn’t keep them waiting.

Seconds after the first pitch left Buchholz’s hand in his first start since May 26, it was over the Green Monster for White Sox leadoff man Tim Anderson’s first career home run — a fitting omen to begin what ultimately turned into a 3-1 loss for the Red Sox.

Following Anderson’s homer was a double off the wall for Adam Eaton, who would later be driven in on a Melky Cabrera sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, Todd Frazier parked a home run of his own into the Monster seats.

When the dust settled, Buchholz went five innings, allowing four hits, and three runs, while striking out five and walking one. With the exception of the Frazier home run, Buchholz did put together a more solid outing after the first, allowing two hits and one run with four strikeouts over the next four innings.

The Red Sox offense, though certainly not to the degree of Monday night’s game, was unable to cash in on their chances. They stranded the bases loaded for the second night in a row when Hanley Ramirez struck out with the bases juiced in the third.

They threatened again in the eighth, trailing 3-1, with a pair of one-out singles from Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts, but they came up short again, with Ramirez striking out and Jackie Bradley Jr. grounding out.

David Ortiz, as a pinch-hitter, walked in the ninth, but that was all they could do against David Robertson.

Smothering the Red Sox’ bats was White Sox ace Chris Sale, who allowed one run on four hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings.

Closing Time note

Buchholz has allowed three or more runs in nine of his 11 starts this season.

Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:

WHAT WENT WRONG

— Buchholz started a game in which he was looking to redeem himself by surrendering a first-pitch home run to Tim Anderson.

— Ramirez’s struggles at the dish continued Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Since hitting a home run last Wednesday against Baltimore, Ramirez is 4-for-24 with six strikeouts.

— The Red Sox squandered multiple opportunities to score runs, stranding seven runners Tuesday — four of which were in scoring position. They are four for their last 48 (.083) with runners in scoring position.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— After a Dioner Navarro single to start the second inning, Buchholz struck out Avisail Garcia, and Sandy Leon threw out Navarro at second for a double play.

— Matt Barnes was solid in relief, going 2 1/3 innings allowing two hits and no runs with two strikeouts.

— Pedroia, Bogaerts and Travis Shaw all had multi-hit nights, grabbing two hits apiece.

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

There are inauspicious debuts, and then there’s how Clay Buchholz opened his return to the rotation on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

Facing Chicago’s Tim Anderson leading off, Buchholz served up a 426-foot homer to left field on his first pitch of the game.

Moncada Mania has now reached Portland, Maine.

Just over 13 months ago it was in Greenville, South Carolina. At the beginning of this season it was in Salem, Virginia and now it’s in Portland, Maine as Yoan Moncada will make his Double-A debut Tuesday night.

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

There are inauspicious debuts, and then there’s how Clay Buchholz opened his return to the rotation on Tuesday night against the White Sox.

Facing Chicago’s Tim Anderson leading off, Buchholz served up a 426-foot homer to left field on his first pitch of the game.

The pitch, a high fastball, was supposed to be down, but Buchholz missed up and in, and Anderson crushed it over the Monster.

Buchholz followed by allowing a double to Adam Eaton on his second pitch before a Jose Abreu groundout and Melky Cabrera sacrifice fly gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead.

Buchholz walked Todd Frazier before striking out Brett Lawrie swinging to end the frame.

Making his first start since May 26, Buchholz ended the inning with a 6.04 ERA.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Yoan Moncada with play his firs Double-A game Tuesday night. (WEEI.com photo)

Yoan Moncada with play his firs Double-A game Tuesday night. (WEEI.com photo)

Moncada Mania has now reached Portland, Maine.

Just over 13 months ago it was in Greenville, South Carolina. At the beginning of this season it was in Salem, Virginia and now it’s in Portland, Maine as Yoan Moncada will make his Double-A debut Tuesday night.

“Pretty excited for the promotion,” Moncada told reporters in Portland through a translator, via Mike Antonellis. “Happy to be here. Keep doing what I am doing from there.”

In 61 games with High-A Salem this season, he slashed .307/.427/.496 with four home runs and 34 RBIs. He also stole 36 bases and was caught just eight times.

Coming over from Cuba at the beginning of last season before being signed by the Red Sox, Moncada said he’s never heard of Maine, but knew all along he wanted to play there because it is a step on the way to the majors.

“Never really hard of the state or the city,” he said. “I did plan on coming here because I did plan on coming to Double-A. There’s not much I am planning on doing besides playing baseball. This is just another step towards the big leagues, which is my goal.”

It wasn’t the easiest of transitions for the second baseman as he struggled early on with Greenville last year. In his first 25 games last season he batted .200 with one home run, but in his final 56 games he batted .310 with seven home runs.

Moncada said he took a mental break during the All-Star break last year, which was very beneficial and helped clear his head. Like last year, Moncada has had picked it up as the year has gone on, hitting .345 in June before being promoted Sunday.

He was named to the Carolina League All-Star team, but won’t play in the game.

“I really didn’t change anything,” Moncada said. “The routine is the same I have been doing all year. It just seems like fortune turned my way and things started going, but I have kept the same approach all year.”

With Dustin Pedroia under contract for quite some time, there’s talk of Moncada being exposed to new positions now that he’s in Double-A, but he himself isn’t thinking about it.

“I haven’t really thought about it very much,” Moncada said. “Right now I am playing where they have me. It will be up to the big league team to change my position. Any way I can contribute to the big league club, I will be willing to play anywhere.”

While most 21 year olds are having a good time with their friends and having a big social life, all Moncada is focused on is reaching the big leagues.

“I’ve been very focused on working on goals which is to get to the big leagues,” he said. “Trying to get to the ballpark every day and work hard because I am so focused on that goal.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Prior to Tuesday’s game, Red Sox manager John Farrell addressed some injury concerns festering the team, including one that was suspected to not be as bad as it actually is in David Ortiz’s heel and foot.

David Ortiz dealing with lingering foot/heel issues. (Mark Baer/USA Today Sports)

David Ortiz dealing with lingering foot/heel issues. (Mark Baer/USA Today Sports)

Prior to Tuesday’s game, Red Sox manager John Farrell addressed some injury concerns festering the team, including one that was suspected to not be as bad as it actually is in David Ortiz’s heel and foot.

Ortiz is not in the lineup for Tuesday’s game in order to recuperate physically, as the 40-year-old is fighting off lingering foot and heel problems.

“The heel and the feet, those are real situations that he’s managing,” Farrell said. “He’s putting forth every effort with the training staff to get him ready to keep him on the field. We also monitor the number of times he’s been on base.”

Ortiz currently leads the league in extra-base hits with 48 (29 doubles, and one triple). Through June 20th of last season, he was at 21.

“When he hits the ballpark he’s going to jog,” Farrell said. “Base hit he’s probably going to go easy. It’s the home to second or first to third that’s where it really starts to pile up on David.”

Farrell added that in the Red Sox’ two remaining road interleague series this season it would be highly unlikely to for Ortiz to take the field defensively. He also noted that he has a habit of checking in on Ortiz during the middle innings to assure he is feeling okay.

The Red Sox skipper also commented on the status of injured starter Joe Kelly, currently with Triple-A Pawtucket, who is expected to start throwing off the mound this weekend.

The righty was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 groin strain on June 12, retroactive to June 9 while in Pawtucket following his demotion on June 2.

Said Farrell: “Long toss continues. There’s improvement with the injury that he sustained, but the bullpen is hopefully this weekend.”

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

— Farrell acknowledged that the first game of Brock Holt’s rehab stint in Pawtucket Monday night was a step in the right direction, but added that they know there will be “continued symptoms, as ever slight as they might be,” but they will be monitored day-to-day. Holt went 2-for-3 in Pawtucket Monday with a pair of doubles.

— The fourth update to the American League All-Star voting showed four Red Sox with the potential to start (David Ortiz, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts). To Farrell, that was the product of a team-oriented approach.

“I think it’s great that there’s acknowledgement outwardly for their performance. But I think the thing that stands out to me most is that our guys are most focused on our team, not what they are doing individually,” said Farrell. “They embrace our team, they do things off the field together, they compete, obviously, as a unit here, and I think that’s the thing we’re most proud of.”

 

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen

While Dustin Pedroia returns after not starting on Monday, the Red Sox will be without David Ortiz Tuesday night against White Sox ace Chris Sale.

For his career, Ortiz 5-for-13 against the left-hander.

Hanley Ramirez will serve as the designated hitter in his absence, Travis Shaw will slide over to first base and Deven Marrero will start at third base.

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

While Dustin Pedroia returns after not starting on Monday, the Red Sox will be without David Ortiz Tuesday night against White Sox ace Chris Sale.

For his career, Ortiz 5-for-13 against the left-hander.

Hanley Ramirez will serve as the designated hitter in his absence, Travis Shaw will slide over to first base and Deven Marrero will start at third base.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Chris Young, LF
Travis Shaw, 1B
Sandy Leon, C
Deven Marrero, 3B
Clay Buchholz, RHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable