Kickham (1-1) allowed six runs on seven hits (two home runs) while striking out three across 2.2 innings Wednesday as he took the loss against the Marlins. Kickham was unable to keep the ball in the park as he surrendered a two-run homer to Garrett Cooper in the first and got taken yard again by Jorge Alfaro to cap off a four-run third inning for the Marlins. The 32-year-old's ERA ballooned to an 8.49, though he does have a 15:3 K:BB across 11.2 innings. It's unclear at the moment if manager Ron Roenicke has plans for Kickham to start again or if he'll return to a long-relief role out of the bullpen moving forward.
Kickham will start Wednesday against the Marlins. Kickham was rewarded with a second start after his effort last week against the Rays. In what was his first MLB start since 2013, he struck out eight across four innings.
Kickham allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out eight across four innings Thursday against the Rays. He did not factor into the decision. Kickham surrendered a pair of solo home runs, but also racked up 14 swinging strikes on 65 total pitches. This was his longest outing since joining the big-league club, and he's now struck out 12 hitters in nine innings of work. If Kickham remains in the rotation, he'll have the chance to work five innings for the first time this season. However, his role moving forward is a bit unclear as Boston continues to shuffle its rotation.
Kickham will start Thursday against Tampa Bay. Kickham is fresh off his first major league win -- he pitched two scoreless innings against the Blue Jays last Saturday -- and gets a chance to make his first MLB start since 2013. The left-hander has combined to throw five innings in two appearances as a bulk-inning reliever.
Kickham (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings Saturday, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four to earn the win versus the Blue Jays. Kickham entered the game with the Red Sox down a run, but they scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to give him his first win. It was an improvement over his first appearance of the year, when he allowed three runs in three innings versus the Braves on Wednesday. Kickham can fill a versatile role , but he most likely projects as a multi-inning reliever going forward.