Yes, Rick Porcello earned yet another loss as Boston fell to the Yankees, 3-1, on Tuesday night. But the right-hander from Chester also earned a place in Red Sox lore — and it’s finally a positive one.
Porcello struck out a career-high 13, the most by a Red Sox pitcher since Jon Lester had 15 against the Oakland Athletics on May 5, 2013. It is also the most by a Boston pitcher against the Yankees at Fenway Park since Pedro Martinez struck out 12 on May 30, 2001.
WEEI said Porcello is the only pitcher in the last 100 years with at least 13 strikeouts and one earned run or fewer allowed while taking a loss against the Yankees.
Porcello threw 76 of his 109 pitches for strikes, calling it “definitely the best, most consistent stuff that I’ve had” this year, according to the Boston Globe. Nine of those strikeouts caught the batter looking.
Porcello has allowed one earned run over 15 innings and struck out 18 with one walk in his two starts since returning from the disabled list.