His last pitch was arguably his best pitch of the night, a first-pitch changeup just outside the zone. Ohtani rolled it over to first base for the 27th and final out of the game, securing Wacha’s complete game shutout and the Red Sox’ 1-0 win over the Angels.
Nothing to see here folks, just another Red Sox starter getting into a white-hot streak that ranks him among the best in baseball. Nick Pivetta has been a top-10 starter in the last month. Nathan Eovaldi has dominated in three straight starts since the Astros teed off on him. Garrett Whitlock is one of the game’s brightest young pitchers. And now Wacha is healthy again and looking the best we’ve seen from him since his rookie year in 2013.
“That’s what I told them in the high-five line right there, ‘hey, just trying to be like you guys man, just keep feeding off each other,’” Wacha told NESN at Angel Stadium.
Bringing up the rear of the rotation, Rich Hill is probably just keeping the seat warm until Chris Sale is ready to return in a month or so, but you can do much worse than a savvy veteran like Hill in the fifth spot.