February 26, 2024

Red Sox looking for series win over A’s behind Brayan Bello

Boston right-hander Brayan Bello isn’t close to arbitration eligibility, but the impressive pitching is the Red Sox already considering offering the second-year player a contract extension

Bello is 7-5 with a 3.14 ERA this season, and has been more impressive lately, going 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in his last six starts. He is scheduled to pitch Wednesday afternoon in Oakland in the rubber match of a three-game set against the athletics

Opposing Bello will be Oakland left-hander Ken Waldichuk (2-6, 6.66 ERA).

With the exception of a three-batter hit by opener Joe Jacques on Tuesday, the Red Sox They played impressively in their first two games against the A’s, winning 7-0 on Monday before going down 3-0 in the final.

Bello is 2-0 in July, having beaten the visiting Texas Rangers before the All-Star break and then the host Chicago Cubs in his first.

The 24-year-old has been so impressive lately, Red Sox Assistant general manager Eddie Romero admitted this week that the club would consider locking Bello up for years to come

“It’s all case by case. There’s no guide to it,” Romero said. “But I think Brayan is a special case, and we will do our best to talk to him and his group. Basically what he needs to do is what we would like from a young starter in this organization.”

“And he’s gone the right way — he’s a great teammate and he’s an improvement in the quality of his store. He’s a very hard worker, and he deserves the respect of everyone here. So he’s kind of good to stick around, of course.”

Bello never faced the A’s.

The uprising will see the A team come out against them, despite the split Red Sox pitching in the series. Nick Pivetta set a Boston franchise record for a reliever with 13 strikeouts in six innings during Monday’s win, a game in which the A’s had just one hit

Ryan Noda, who had that single in the first inning on Monday, added a double and a home run on Tuesday. However, Oakland managed just five more hits while striking out nine in the loss, cutting the deficit short. athletics‘ eight game streak

A’s right-hander Luis Medina pitched the win with 5 2/3 shutout innings. Waldichuk hopes to replicate that success.

On Friday, the 25-year-old made his first start since June 20 in the athletics‘ first game out of the break, getting a no decision in a 5-4 home loss to the Minnesota Twins. Waldichuk allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five

Waldichuk threw 1 1/3 innings of relief in Boston in the final game of the first half on July 9, taking the loss when he allowed the tiebreaking run in a 4-3 victory. It was the only time he faced the Red Sox in his career

Whatever it turns out to be, A’s manager Mark Kotsay hopes he can see that total after striking out five batters entering Tuesday’s game. He was tossed out for a controversial run-out-of-the-baseline call on Tony Kemp as the Oakland left fielder tried to score in the first inning.

“They are not the best places to see a game,” Kotsay for being expelled to the clubhouse for 2 hours, 15 minutes. “It felt like it took four hours, but it felt good to win.”

–Field Level Media

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