When he moved to the bullpen in May, Nick Pivetta kept the same mindset he had as a starter, determined not to let the trade affect how he helped the Red Sox.
And now manager Alex Cora is reconsidering a spot in the rotation given Boston’s long streak of games next month without a break.
The right-hander (6-5) matched his career high with 13 strikeouts in six no-hitter innings of 1-hit relief in Boston and Connor Wong hit a two-run double and singled in one run for three RBIs, the Most of his career, leading the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 7-0 on Monday night for their eighth win in nine games.
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Pivetta’s 13 strikeouts were the most by a reliever in Red Sox history. He became the sixth relief pitcher since 1901 to strike out 13 or more.
«I think for me I don’t really know what it is, I think I’m just doing what I’ve always been doing, going out there and pitching, no matter where I’m pitching or when I’m pitching.» he said. «Just being consistent is the most important thing to me and that’s what I’m focused on.»
He replaced left-handed starter Brennan Bernardino, who pitched two innings. He marked the ninth double-digit strikeout game of Pivetta’s career and the first of 2023, and his most strikeouts with the Red Sox after striking out 13 while pitching for the Phillies on June 18, 2018 against St. Louis. .
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Boston plays 16 straight games without a day off in mid-August, so Pivetta may be called up to start over.
«That was awesome,» Cora said. «Good fastball, good command of his off-speed pitches, early work, great pace… We were able to extend it again and now it’s going to be ready, inning-wise and everything that should be ready for Sunday.»
Justin Turner and Adam Duvall added sacrifice flies for Boston, which is 6-1 on a 12-game skid against teams under .500.
The A’s managed just Ryan Noda’s first-inning single, lost their eighth straight game and fell a season-high 46 games below .500, going 25–71. The game drew a crowd of 9,987 Red Sox.
Oakland was held to one hit or less for the third time this year and was shut out for the 11th time. The A’s struck out a season-high 18 times.
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Oakland right-hander Paul Blackburn (1-2), knocked out of his previously scheduled start against Boston on July 8 due to illness, allowed a season-high six runs and matched his career high with nine hits. , pitching five and two-thirds innings.
A’s first-round draft pick Jacob Wilson took batting practice and ground balls with his family watching on the field. The sixth overall pick, he is the son of former major leaguer Jack Wilson.
«It’s surreal,» said the younger Wilson, who receives a $5.5 million signing bonus from Oakland.
Manager Mark Kotsay confronted the new infielder’s father: «Great competitor, great athlete, great shortstop, just a ballplayer.»
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He sees similarities in the son.
Plate umpire Emil Jimenez clutched his right leg and was shaken after being hit by a pitch in the top of the ninth. Jiménez remained in the game after being reviewed by the Athletics coaching staff.
Red Sox: 3B Rafael Devers was plagued by a right calf strain that became bothersome during Sunday’s road win against the Cubs. Manager Alex Cora hopes it’s just one day. … INF Pablo Reyes (abdominal strain) will join Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday to continue his rehab games. … RHP Corey Kluber (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in the minors on Friday, while SS Trevor Story could soon begin his own rehab assignment as he recovers from Tommy John surgery on his elbow right. … C Connor Wong is scheduled for a day off Tuesday with Jorge Alfaro starting. … LHP Richard Bleier was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and designated RHP Jake Faria for assignment.
Athletics: OF Ramón Laureano (broken right hand) is set to begin a five-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. … RHP Dany Jimenez (shoulder) will also pitch for Las Vegas on Wednesday in his first start, one inning and 20 pitches. … LF Brent Rooker returned to the lineup after sitting out Sunday with a flu virus.
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The Red Sox had not announced a starter for Tuesday when they used another starter to pitch against RHP Luis Medina (2-7, 6.34 ERA), who relieved starter Sam Long in Boston on July 7.