Red Sox’s Connor Seabold Shows Improved Composure Vs. Cubs

Seabold allowed one run in four innings Sunday

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Connor Seabold is still looking to put it all together on the mound in a Boston Red Sox uniform.

But the 26-year-old right-hander will take what he has produced at the big-league level for now.

Seabold tossed four innings Sunday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in his second start since being called up from Triple-A Worcester, allowing just one run on six hits while recording four strikeouts and two walks.

Seabold’s performance was a better showing than his season debut with Boston earlier in the week against the Toronto Blue Jays, when he let up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

“I didn’t think I had my best stuff (Sunday), to be honest,” Seabold said, as seen on NESN postgame coverage. “I think if I had my stuff from last time (Sunday), and had the same composure. … But beggars can’t be choosers. The results were good. Kept the team in it.”

Seabold didn’t get Chicago’s hitters to swing and miss at the same rate he did when he faced the Blue Jays. But for Seabold, the big point of emphasis in his latest start was his composure on the mound.

After surrendering a run two batters into the game, Seabold didn’t allow any further damage in the frame and stranded runners at the corners in both the second and fourth innings before his outing came to an end.

“The composure wasn’t there last time,” Seabold said. “I feel like I let little things bug me too much. That’s something (pitching coach Dave Bush) and I worked on this week, just kind of the mentality of when I’m out there, not letting things pile up and snowball like they did last time. I think (Sunday) was a good example of that. I got into some jams in a few of the innings and I was able to get out of them and kind of keep myself around while doing it.”

While one Red Sox rookie was unimpressed by Wrigley Field, Seabold didn’t share the same sentiment. He made sure to take in the sights of the venerable ballpark while toeing the rubber.

“It was pretty cool,” Seabold said. “I know the history here. Just looking back and seeing the ivy and all that, it’s pretty crazy.”

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