The Red Sox had a five-game winning streak interrupted on Monday when they lost 4-3 to the Rays, despite Michael Wacha doing his best to keep the streak alive.
Six innings into the game, Wacha had allowed only seven hits and two runs (one by short ball in the first inning and the other through an RBI double by Randy Arozarena that drove in Franchy Cordero and sent him flying into the outfield wall).
The Rays shortstop Taylor Walls was Wacha’s 1,000th career strikeout, which he accomplished by striking him out for the seventh time in the bottom of the sixth inning. He joins fellow active player Nathan Eovaldi, who hit his 1,000th run earlier this summer, as the 47th player to do it.
After the game, Wacha told reporters, “I don’t really go out there chasing strikeouts or anything.” “I try to pull ahead, let the defense play behind me, and let the strikeouts come when they come,” he said.
Wacha told the media that he was given the ball, which will eventually be given to his parents. That’s a fairly cool landmark, for sure, but nothing too insane,” he remarked.
Typical Wacha form prevailed on Monday. According to Baseball Savant, he surrendered only four hard hits while striking out seven batters. In addition to his fastball and cutter, he relied heavily on his changeup, which has limited batters to a.165 average so far this year and has induced eight swinging strikes out of 19 total opportunities (or 42% of the time).
That's a lot of Ks!
Congrats to Michael Wacha on strikeout No. 1,000! pic.twitter.com/F3gYbWfHuo
— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 5, 2022
Alex Cora said that Wacha fought hard all night, but the Red Sox ultimately lost to their AL East rivals because of a breakdown in the seventh inning. Overall, “Wacha was pretty wonderful,” Cora remarked. Five days a week is a good starting point for this individual. You have a fighting chance with his help. His 1,000th strikeout is well deserved, I’m sure. He had an outstanding arm and threw the ball with precision.
Wacha, who turned 30 in July, has a 2.56 ERA this season with a 20.1 K/9 against a 6.9 BB/9 ratio. During the upcoming offseason, he will be a free agent with no contractual obligations. In regards to his overall performance this year, how does Wacha feel?
As Wacha has stated before, he does not do a thorough self-evaluation during the season’s middle. I plan to use the offseason to do just that, reflect on the last season and learn from my mistakes. The key goal is to maintain progressing from one start to the next, and so far the ball has felt fantastic coming out of the hand. Pursue team victories as best I can.
Boston Offered Wacha a One-Year Contract Worth an Estimated $7 Million, and He Accepted. from The Get-Go of The Season, He Was One of Boston’s Starting Pitchers. for The Duration of May (8-20), He Was Sidelined as A Result of Intercostal Irritation.
on June 6 Against the Los Angeles Angels, Wacha Threw a No-Hitter. He Faced 105 Batters and Only Allowed One Walk While Striking out Six. He also Pitched a Shutout, Making It His Second Career Complete Game.
This Was the First 1-0 Shutout for The Red Sox Since Curt Schilling on June 7, 2007, when They Defeated the Oakland A’s. on July 8th, Wacha Was Placed on The Injured List After Experiencing Right Shoulder Irritation.
While on A Rehab Assignment with The Worcester Red Sox on August 4, Wacha Threw 4 2/3 Scoreless Innings Against the Durham Bulls, While A. J. Politi And Chase Shugart finished off the combined no-hitter. Boston welcomed Wacha back to the active roster on August 14.
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