Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Clay Buchholz Saves The Bullpen And Wins The Game

In Toronto Tuesday night Clay Buchholz pitched better than anyone else in the Boston Red Sox starting rotation. The Sox defeated the Jays by a score of 2-1 and Buchholz was able to go a super solid eight innings, saving the overused bullpen. He was masterful. He had full control of four pitches...a two seam fastball, a wicked four seam fastball, a curve and a devastating changeup that a couple Toronto batters could have swung at TWICE! But his change drops off the table and near the dirt at the last moment. After eight he had given up only one run and seven hits. His ERA is down to a tremendous 2.19. That's ace stuff. If you missed the game, all or part of it, catch the NESN one hour replay (if you can) this morning. Here's the man himself...

"I was glad I was able to go deep in the game today," said Buchholz, who threw a career-high 117 pitches. "It doesn't happen like that all the time. You've got to be thankful when it does. I know they swing the bat," Buchholz said. "Sometimes that will hurt you and sometimes you can make it work for yourself. Tonight I was able to command enough pitches to get through it and get some big outs when I needed them."

Boston has one more 7:07pm EDT game tonight in Toronto before an off day and then a three game series with Baltimore begins. The highlight of that series? The season debut of Daisuke Matsuzaka on Saturday. This team from New England is still getting its act together. Let's watch 'em fly when they do. They will, you know.

Have a great Hump Day Wednesday. You can click on this post's title for more about last night's game and as always, BE WELL. See ya. Thanks for popping in. It means so much to me. GO SOX.

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