Brandon Workman

Thursday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Chris Capuano

September 04, 2014 - 6:05 am

The Red Sox will conclude their 10-game road trip with the final game of their three-game series against the Yankees on Thursday, as Brandon Workman will return from a brief stint in the minors to duel against left-hander Chris Capuano. In his last outing, Aug. 23 at Fenway Park against the Mariners, Workman (1-8, 4.93 ERA) did not allow any runs through the first three innings. The fourth inning, however, was a complete disaster for the young right-hander. Seattle'€™s offense exploded for seven runs on seven hits, coming to a crescendo when outfielder Dustin Ackley ripped a decisive three-run homer into the right field bleachers. Just 3 1/3 innings into his outing, Workman was replaced by reliever Alex Wilson. Workman admitted after the game that he tried to locate his fastball down in the strike zone and limit the amount of hittable pitches, but to no avail. '€œI was doing my best not to let that happen,'€ Workman said of his fastball. '€œObviously, I didn't have much success.'€ Workman did have success in his previous start, though. Against the Angels on Aug. 18, Workman was charged with the loss but pitched seven innings of two-run ball, striking out five. He also struck out five during his Aug. 8 performance against the Cardinals. The 26-year-old starter has made one start this season against the Yankees, at the end of June. Aside from back-to-back home runs courtesy of Kelly Johnson and Brett Gardner, Workman was solid in his seven innings that afternoon, but the Red Sox bats could not muster a single run. Workman said he wasn'€™t exactly pleased with his effort in that game, however. "Little bit of a grind the whole time," Workman said. "I was constantly pitching with guys on, stuff like that, but I was able to pitch out of some situations. But they tagged me for a couple homers. That hurt." Capuano (2-3, 4.24 ERA), who began the year with Boston as a reliever, joined the Yankees midseason to help a depleted starting rotation. In his seven starts with the Yankees, Capuano has pitched into the seventh inning all but one time, but he has not gotten past the 6 2/3 innings mark. Last Friday against the division-rival Blue Jays, Capuano scattered eight hits and struck out four over 6 1/3 innings to earn his second win of the season. Capuano faced the Red Sox on Aug. 1 and took the loss during Anthony Ranaudo'€™s first big league start. In that outing, the Massachusetts native was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Dustin Pedroia did the most significant damage against Capuano that evening with two hits and two RBIs in the Red Sox'€™ 4-3 win. Red Sox newcomer Allen Craig has had the most success against Capuano throughout his career. His .571 batting average, 1.286 slugging percentage, four doubles and two home runs are tops on the team. Catcher David Ross also has two home runs and three RBIs against Capuano in 19 plate appearances. Red Sox vs. Capuano (LHP) David Ross (19 career plate appearances): .278 average/.316 OBP/.722 SLG, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Allen Craig (14): .571/.571/1.286, 6 RBIs, 2 home runs, four doubles, 1 strikeout Dustin Pedroia (6): .400/.333/.600, 2 RBIs, 1 double, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts (5): .400/.400/.400 Will Middlebrooks (5): .400/.400/.600, 2 strikeouts, 1 double Mike Napoli (5): .200/.200/.400, 1 RBI, 1 double Brock Holt (4): .333/.333/1.000, 1 triple, 1 strikeout Mookie Betts (3): .333/.333/.333 Jemile Weeks (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout Yankees vs. Workman (RHP) Brett Gardner (5): .250/.250/1.000, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Ichiro Suzuki (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 strikeout Jacoby Ellsbury (4): .333/.500/.667, 1 double, 1 walk Derek Jeter (4): .500/.500/.500 Carlos Beltran (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Brian McCann (3): .333/.333/.333 Mark Teixeira (3): .500/.333/.333, 1 strikeout, 1 RBI Brendan Ryan has one home run and an RBI in two career plate appearances against Workman.