Looking for a sweep of their four-game set with the Braves, the Red Sox send Clay Buchholz to the mound Thursday night against right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.
Through four starts, Buchholz has yet to register a win. His record sits at 0-2 to go with a 6.33 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He has just one quality start this season, and has allowed five earned runs on three occasions. In his last start Saturday against the Astros, he took the loss after going 5 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out six as the Red Sox went on to lose 8-3.
The turning point in the game came in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, when Buchholz appeared to miss his spot on a fastball to Colby Rasmus, who took full advantage by knocking it out of the park for a grand slam.
“It’s a really good pitch whenever you’re able to throw it where you want to, but the ball was moving a lot today,” Buchholz said after the game. “For the most part felt like I did a pretty good job with executing the pitches I was throwing at times. Me and Colby faced each other a lot, he got me today.”
In two career starts against the Braves, Buchholz is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.900 WHIP. He has walked nine and struck out seven in 10 innings.
Chacin has only one decision through three starts this season, as he is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. In his last outing Saturday against the Mets, the 28-year-old Venezuelan took a loss while giving up three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five as the Braves wound up losing 8-2.
An eight-year major leaguer who played his first six seasons with the Rockies before appearing in five games for the Diamondbacks last season then signing as a free agent with the Braves in the offseason, Chacin has started two games against the Red Sox in his career. He is 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA and 1.875 WHIP. He has seven walks and eight strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings of work.
Braves vs. Buchholz (RHP)
Nick Markakis (49 plate appearances): .146 AVG/.286 OBP/.146 SLG, 3 RBIs, 7 walks, 6 strikeouts
Erick Aybar (31): .129/.129/.129, 3 strikeouts
Kelly Johnson (19): .133/.278/.133, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts
A.J. Pierzynski (15): .400/.400/.467, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout
Tyler Flowers is 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Jace Peterson is 1-for-3 with a double.
Jeff Francoeur is 1-for-3 with one RBI and one strikeout.
Freddie Freeman has three walks in three plate appearances.
Red Sox vs. Chacin (RHP)
Chris Young (23 plate appearances): .286 AVG/.348 OBP/.333 SLG, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
Hanley Ramirez (15) .083/.267/.333, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia is 0-for-4 with two walks.
Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-3 with a walk and one strikeout
David Ortiz is 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs, one walk and one strikeout.