First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves
Another night, another less-than-satisfactory start for Clay Buchholz. Since the end of their last homestand, the Red Sox are 6-2. Both of those losses were hung on Buchholz.
Buchholz wasn't horrendous - he did manage to pitch into the seventh inning and five runs in 6 1/3 isn't a shellacking.
But five runs to this Braves lineup is nothing to shout about, either, and Buchholz made matters worse by walking the No. 7 hitter -- Jace Peterson, who came into the game with a .205 average -- three times. Twice, Peterson came around to score.
In fact, the bottom third of the order was 3-for-7 with three walks.
Hanley Ramirez showed some progress at the plate.
Before the game, John Farrell noted that Ramirez had been expanding the zone of late, and working to correct the issue with hitting instructors Chili Davis and Victor Rodriguez.
Something apparently clicked, as Ramirez was 3-for-3 in his first three at-bats with two RBI.
The one thing that's been lacking for Ramirez: power. He came into the game with just one homer and a paltry .373 slugging percentage.
It wasn't much of a night for former Red Sox players.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski was 0-for-4, and for the second straight night, failed to catch a routine foul pop-up.
Meanwhile, reliever Alexi Ogando came in for the seventh inning and promptly allowed a leadoff single and a walk to the first two hitters he faced before recording two more outs and getting lifted for lefty Hunter Cervenka.
Turnabout is fair play for Chris Young.
Young got the start in left field over Brock Holt, despite the fact that Atlanta started a righthander (Jhoulys Chacin).
Young was 1-for-3 with a double, though that one hit came off lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty.
Then, in the eighth inning with righthander Jim Johnson on the mound for the Braves, John Farrell sent Holt up to pinch-hit for Young.
That marked the first time that Holt hit for Young; to the great consternation of many, Young had been sent up to hit for Holt three times in the first week or so of the season.
By the way: Holt grounded out to end the inning.