The Red Sox needed their offense to come through against the Orioles on Tuesday night and thanks to Brandon Workman, one run was enough.
Boston marched into Baltimore and looked bad in the opening-game of the series. They didn’t look much better tonight, but they were one run better and are now 2-1 in Mike Napoli‘s return to the lineup.
Speaking of Napoli, he drove in the Sox lone run of the game with his RBI-single in the top of the third inning. Also on the offensive side, Brock Holt extended his career-high hitting-streak to 10 games. The Red Sox rookie-record is 30 by some middle infielder named Nomar Garciaparra so we can hold our breath before we get into countdown mode.
Workman was the star of the evening, tossing 6.2 innings of shut-out baseball. He struck out four Orioles en route to his first win in the big leagues since July of last year.
While not one of the team’s touted prospects, Workman has offered nothing but above-average pitching since joining the club nearly full-time last season. He deserves more credit than he has gotten and I hope he sticks around for the rest of 2014.
Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth inning, something I feel like I should just leave in every Red Sox win article from this point forward. He is now 13-for-13 in save opportunities and continues to be the best relief pitcher since the dawn of man (No, I have never heard of this Mariano Rivera).
Rubby De La Rosa will be on the mound for Boston tonight, hoping to give the Sox the series win and a smile heading into their next set.