After claiming the series opener against the Yankees, 5-1, on Monday night, the Red Sox, who have allowed just one run in the past 38 innings, will look to continue to play spoiler against a Yankees team that is looking to clinch a postseason berth (which would require the Astros and Angels losing their games as well) and its 10,000th career victory. To do that, the Sox will rely on Rick Porcello as he counters Michael Pineda.
Porcello (8-14, 5.04 ERA) is coming off his 14th loss of the season last Wednesday, a 6-2 setback vs. the Rays. With the loss, Porcello surpassed a career worst for losses in a season. He went seven innings in the outing, allowing three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and one walk with eight strikeouts.
“He gave up his first run in the seventh,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said about the start. “He did a really good job giving us a chance to win. Our offense just couldn’t get any momentum.”
Porcello returned from the disabled list Aug. 26 after missing 27 days with a strained right triceps. Since then, the 26-year-old right-hander is 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA over six starts and 42 1/3 innings.
“I’ve been happy with the way it’s been going since I got off the disabled list,” Porcello said following Wednesday’s start. “I feel like I’ve done well since I came off the DL.”
He’s seen the Yankees just once this season, taking the loss on Sept. 1 despite a remarkable eight-inning outing in which he allowed one earned run (three overall) on five hits and a walk while striking out a career-best 13 batters.
Porcello is 0-2 with a 5.29 ERA over three career starts at Yankee Stadium. He’s 4-4 with a 3.55 ERA over 10 career starts against the Yankees.
Pineda (12-8, 3.99 ERA) has not lost in his last five starts, three of which resulted in wins, and is most recently coming off a 3-2 win against the White Sox last Thursday. He went six innings, allowing one run on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
The 6-foot-7 Dominican has seen success against the Red Sox, earning wins in both of his outings this season with a 1.42 ERA and .229 opponents batting average. His most recent win vs. Boston came Sept. 1, when he went six innings, allowing four hits and a run with seven strikeouts as New York posted a 3-1 victory over Porcello and the Sox. He went 6 2/3 innings in the previous outing on July 10, allowing one run on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
The 26-year-old right-hander is in the midst of pitching more than 20 games in a season for the first time since his rookie campaign with the Mariners in 2011. He is 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA in six starts against the Red Sox over the course of his career, and 8-5 with a 3.28 ERA at Yankee Stadium over 20 career starts.
Red Sox vs. Pineda (RHP)
David Ortiz (12 plate appearances): .167 AVG/.167 OBP/.250 SLG, 1 double, 5 strikeouts
Xander Bogaerts (10): .400/.400/.400, 3 strikeouts
Mookie Betts (9): .222/.222/.556, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts
Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-7 with an RBI.
Brock Holt is 1-for-6 with a strikeout.
Pablo Sandoval is 2-for-6 with an RBI.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, a walk and a strikeout.
Rusty Castillo is 1-for-4.
Allen Craig is 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
Sandy Leon is 1-for-3.
Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-1 with a walk.
Travis Shaw is 0-for-2.
Blake Swihart is 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
Yankees vs. Porcello (RHP)
Jacoby Ellsbury (22 plate appearances): .524 AVG/.545 OBP/.1.143 SLG, 1 double, 4 HRs, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Brett Gardner (21): .263/.333/.421, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Carlos Beltran (16): .467/.500/.467, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Stephen Drew (15): .231/.333/.615, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
Alex Rodriguez (13): .231/.231/.231, 4 strikeouts
Dustin Ackley (12): .364/.417/.455, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Chase Headley (12): .273/.333/.636, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
Brendan Ryan (10): .500/.600/.500, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Brian McCann is 1-for-7 with 3 strikeouts.
Didi Gregarious is 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
Chris Young is 0-for-4.
Greg Bird is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts.