It has been 60 years since a pitcher threw a no-hitter in his first major league start, but for a while yesterday, Brandon Workman threatened to end the streak.
Four days after making his debut in a relief stint for the Red Sox, Workman brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Oakland A’s. But Coco Crisp broke up the 24-year-old right-hander’s bid for history by beating out an infield single, and two batters later, Josh Donaldson scuttled his chance at a win by smashing the game-tying, two-run homer in Oakland’s eventual 11-inning, 3-2 victory.
Nevertheless, Workman left a positive impression in the final game before the All-Star break.

“That was a big-time eye-opener for what type of pitcher he is,” left fielder Jonny Gomes said. “When you got a guy like that commanding his fastball against a big league ballclub, it shows a lot. He did a heck of a job.”

Indeed, Workman retired the first 10 batters before walking John Jaso with one out in the fourth inning and faced the minimum 18 batters through six. He exhibited precision control with his fastball, which was even more impressive considering he described his feel for his curveball as “terrible.”

Crisp led off the seventh by sharply hitting a grounder up the middle. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia made a sensational diving stop and a strong throw to first, but Crisp used every ounce of his blazing speed to beat it out.