If this performance was a dress rehearsal for Gray's next trip to Boston (hopefully in a Red Sox uniform), it did not go over well. In 3.2 innings, Gray surrendered eight hits and seven runs before being pulled in what was ultimately a 14-7 loss for the Athletics. With last night's performance, Gray now has a whopping 6.00 ERA and looks to be another struggling Vanderbilt pitcher in the American League. If you didn't get the joke, David Price went to Vanderbilt and, well, we all know how he is doing up until this point in the season. Please laugh.
While Sonny Gray's woes and the surging Boston offense were two major storylines in this game, the biggest may have been the struggles and inconsistency of Clay Buchholz yet again. Buchholz was barely able to make it through five innings, before being pulled with only 87 pitches. When asked about this?
No, Clay, its because you suck. Maybe Buchholz does not realize this, but you have to give something up in order to get a player. Do you really think anyone is giving up more than a bag of baseballs and/or sun flower seeds (DEFINITELY NOT barbecue or ranch) for you? The offense bailed out another poor pitching performance, but have we perhaps seen the beginning of the end of Buchholz in Boston? With Farrell benching him early in this game, is he finally losing faith in the troubled right hander?
Next up, the Red Sox and Athletics meet again for Sean O'Sullivan's spot start for Henry Owens/Eduardo Rodriguez. The decision to pull Buchholz becomes even more puzzling because of this, but I still like this by Farrell. Stay tuned for a full game preview.