Boston Red Sox Prospect Brian Johnson Gets Hit Around But Pitches Well Enough For The Win Over the Rail Riders
Brian Johnson had the type of night on the mound that you love to see from a minor league prospect. He threw a lot of strikes and pitched to contact. On the night he went 7 innings, giving up 10 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, and 3 K’s, on 104 pitches (79 strikes).
For a minor league prospect, this is the type of outing you love to see if you’re an organization. At the big league level, the last thing you want to see is a pitcher go out there, and throw balls. You have seen pitchers like Henry Owens struggle at the big league level because he can’t throw strikes.
There was a lot of hard contact off of Johnson tonight, especially in the earlier innings but that is expected when you throw so many strikes. He was pitching to contact, and getting a lot of balls in play. In the 1st 2 innings he gave up 5 hits, all hard hit balls. There were also several fly outs that would have been gone in the middle of the summer. That includes a long fly out to the left field wall hit by Kyle Higashioka to end the top of the 1st inning. During the summer months, it would have been a home run.
In the 5th inning however, Johnson did give up what looked like was a home run to Kyle Higashioka. The ball was a line shot out to left field. It appeared that it hit the ledge above the wall. But as it turns out, it hit the top of the wall and bounced back into play. Clint Frazier was on 1st base at the time and was held at 3rd. It would have been a 2 run home run if it went out.
This would have been a very different outing in the summer months for Johnson. He would have been knocked out early in this game. But after the rocky start, he settled in and got the win for the Pawtucket Red Sox. The final Score was 4-3 Paw Sox over the SWB Rail Riders.
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