Despite the Red Sox 4-3 extra-inning loss Sunday in Oakland, there was one very encouraging sign. The Sox have something in Brandon Workman.
Workman kept the A's off balance all day and the right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before an infield hit from Coco Crisp and a home run by third baseman Josh Donaldson cost him the game.
Donaldson would later win it with a bloop single off newest Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton in the 11th.
Manager John Farrell said he was tempted to take Workman out after Crisp’s hit. However, the manager felt the rookie could handle Donaldson, who had struck earlier. “In retrospect, there’s no second-guessing on my part as far as the matchup in that situation,” Farrell said.
Workman was at 103 pitches when the manager lifted him for Craig Breslow.
The Red Sox right-hander, who was 8-2 between Portland and Pawtucket this year, retired 17 of the first 18 batters he faced. He was also well aware of the sco...