Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Buchholz Pitches Boston To A 6-0 Win

There is no doubt who has been the best Boston Red Sox pitcher over the last month and a half. His name? Clay Buchholz, who pitched the Sox to a 6-0 victory over the LA Angels. He has won thirteen of his last fifteen starts and he lowered his ERA to 2.36. Buchholz has to be one of the pitchers talked about in a Cy Young conversation. He didn't actually throw a ton of strikes but had the right pitch when he needed it. Boston manager Terry "Tito" Francona will tell you more...

“He actually didn’t throw a ton of strikes, but he wasn’t afraid of contact. His stuff was tremendous, his fastball had real good finish to it. When he got down in the count, and he did it quite a few times, he’d get back into it and get some contact and keep them off the barrel. Pretty good. You look up and you see a bunch of zeros, but . . . just a little over 50 percent strikes. But he made a lot of good pitches."

The big hit was smashed by none other than Ryan Kalish, who clobbered a grand slam in the fourth inning. Here he is. Remember, the Angels had moved Torii Hunter to right field...

“It was unreal. Shoot, if I had hit it a little bit more to my right, I would have been real nervous with Torii Hunter out there.’’

Hunter can still flash that leather and made a memorable over the right field wall catch earlier in the game. He'd look great in the middle of the Boston outfield right now with the injuries to Cameron and Ellsbury. But the Sox will keep on keeping on. They are, as always, a determined bunch of guys playing in a great uniform.

Good morning to you, my Constant Readers, and happy Hump Day Wednesday. There's another game with the Angels tonight and John Lackey will take on Scott Kazmir, who Pedey has hit at a .517 rate. Lackey has to step up again, no ifs ands or buts. GO SOX.

Click on this post's title for more of last night's game news with highlights. Make sure you see the Kalish grand salami. I want to thank you for stopping in to my little corner of the "blue nowhere," and as always, BE WELL.

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