Clay Buchholz bounced back from a horrendous season debut, but Boston’s early season woes continued Thursday night in the Bronx. The Red Sox were outduled by Michael Pineda and the New York Yankees, 4-1.
Pineda, who made his first start since Sept. of 2011, prevented the Red Sox hitters from providing Buchholz any run support. He tossed six strong innings and struck out seven. Pineda allowed four hits and just a single run. Boston’s lone run came in the seventh after Daniel Nava homered to deep right field.
For much of the game it appeared as if Pineda had pine tar on his right hand. The Red Sox did not force the issue by objecting to the umpiring crew. Boston was unable to get a hit off of Pineda through the first four innings.
New York tagged Buchholz for a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth inning. Buchholz notched six strikeouts over six innings of work and surrendered four runs on seven hits. Two of the four runs were unearned.
The season may be young, but a theme seems to be emerging. The Red Sox can’t seem to get strong hitting when they get strong pitching. A non-existant offense proved costly in this tilt and the Red Sox fell to 4-6 on the year.
The Red Sox and Yankees will play 18 more games against one another this season. Friday will mark the second game of a four game weekend set. Jon Lester is slated to oppose C.C. Sabbathia.