Rough Night for Wright as Sox Fall
It was a rough start to the season for Steven Wright on Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles and before the Red Sox even had a chance to step into the batter’s box they were down 6–0. After 1.1 innings and 8 earned runs, manager John Farrell had had enough and pulled Wright. “The knuckleball is kind of a mysterious pitch,” Wright said. “Some times you’re throwing really good ones and give up a bunch of runs. Some times you don’t have a good one at all and you don’t give up any. Today was not a good knuckleball and I gave up a lot of runs.”
While the Sox did fall behind early, there seemed to be light in the 4th inning when Pablo Sandoval went deep to center field and in the 5th the Sox loaded the bases with only one out. However, the Orioles got out of the inning with only giving up one run to make the game 9–5.
While the Orioles did go deep 5 times, Wright wasn’t the only one with issues controlling his pitches on Wednesday. Ubaldo Jimenez gave up 5 earned runs in 4.1 innings to continue his cold start to the season, currently sitting on an ERA of 10.38.
Next up on the docket is a make up game against the Pittsburgh Pirates thanks to a rainy day on April 6. The Red Sox will look for a better start from Eduardo Rodriguez, who allowed 4 runs in 5 innings in his last start against Detroit. E-Rod will match up against Chad Kuhl, who allowed 5 runs in as many innings in a win over Atlanta.