Added rest a big help for Workman

Added rest a big help for Workman
August 19, 2014, 12:15 am
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BOSTON - It's amazing what a little rest can do - just ask Brandon Workman.

Workman's last start was skipped over, as the young Sox starter had to tweak a few things mechanics-wise and also just get a little bit of a breather.

It turns out that it was just what the doctor manager ordered.

Workman was the tough-luck loser on Monday night, dropping his record to 1-7 on the year. But just like his record doesn't tell the whole story, his loss on the night doesn't either.

Workman pitched 7.0 strong innings for the Sox, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The two runs allowed matched the second-fewest in any of his starts this season.

"Obviously the added rest helped," John Farrell said. "I thought his stuff ticked up in terms of action, crispness, velocity. He was down in the strike zone with more consistency with the exception of a two-out walk in the third and a couple of base hits to follow, he more than did his job tonight."

Workman threw 89 pitches, 59 for strikes. He agreed that the extra rest was key.

"Definitely I think it had to have helped," Workman said. "My velocity was better. I had the chance to work on some things mechanically. I felt good tonight. I felt like I got in a nice rhythm early and was able to carry that through."

Workman did allow a couple of hits to Mike Trout, including a laser line drive that hit the wall out in left-center field that scored a run. But he got Trout swinging the last time around on a curveball that was working for him on the night.

Workman said he worked on staying back over the rubber when he pitches, and not rushing.

"I kind of got in a bad habit of doing that for a little bit and I was leaving a lot of stuff up," he said. "And I did a lot better job of that tonight."

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Christian Vazquez continues to impress behind the plate.

He threw out two baserunners Monday night, Erik Aybar in the 4th inning and David Freese in the 7th inning.

It's the first time in his career that he's thrown out two baserunners in the same game. On the season, he's thrown out six of 14 attempted base-stealers (43-percent).

"He had a very good game all the way around," Farrell said. "A couple base hits, but the catch-and-throw ability clearly is well above average; it's outstanding. With the conventional throw-out of Aybar and then we pitch out in a hit-and-run situation and [he] stays collected and delivers an outstanding throw once again. He's doing a very good job behind the plate."

David Ross could be activated on Tuesday, but Vazquez has certainly earned time behind the plate.