Red Sox Pitcher Brian Johnson Pitches Out Of Jams In Start With Paw Sox
On Thursday night, Brian Johnson pitched for the Pawtucket Red Sox. In his start, he allowed base runners, but he was able to work out of jams. In total, he went 4 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, and struck out 6 on 76 pitches (41 strikes).
This was Brian Johnsons’ second start since he was activated from the disabled list for left shoulder inflammation. In his last start against Scranton, he up 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and struck out 1 in 5 innings of work. That was on 60 pitches (39 strikes). It’s clear that they are trying to work Johnsons’ arm strength up after he had the inflammation in his shoulder.
The most unusual part about Johnsons’ outing tonight is that he was off with his control. His 4 walks tonight tied a season high which he did once. In that game on April 27th against the Indianapolis Indians at McCoy Stadium, Johnson went 5 innings, giving up 8 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, and struck out 2 on 102 pitches (59 strikes).
Analyzing Johnsons’ Start
Brian Johnson was struggling with his command tonight. Yes he was able to work out of some jams, but he did did have trouble throwing strikes. His best inning of his start was in the 2nd inning. After he walked Eric Stamets to lead off the inning, he struck out Erik Kratz, Nelli Rodriguez, and Jordan Smith to end the inning.
Even thou his command was off tonight, he was able to get swing and misses on his curve ball. That has always been a great pitch for Johnson, and tonight was no exception.
It looks like that Johnson is trying to work through that shoulder inflammation right now. If he is able to get through that going forward, his fastball command might come back. If his fastball command comes back, and he is able to get his pitch count up, he could be back in the starting rotation for the Boston Red Sox.
A need for Johnson wont be necessary until September if they need a spot starter, but having that option in September would be huge for the Red Sox. Having Johnson as spot-starter option gives them a chance to give pitchers like Chris Sale, David Price (if he comes back), and Drew Pomeranz to have an extra off day in September.