Monday, August 02, 2010

Buchholz Spins A Beauty! Sox Win

Boy, did Clay Buchholz pitch well Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park in Boston Massachusetts. He went eight plus no score innings and the Boston Red Sox lead by a score of 3-0. Buchholz started the ninth but after an infield booper by Will Ryhmes was misplayed (at least in my mind) by Jed Lowrie and a walk to Ryan Raybun put runners at first and second, Papelbon came into the game. What he did was not pretty, not by a long shot. Two of those runners scored, all off Paps. Two batters later, Jhonny Peralta singled to plate the tying run. Buchholz picked up his jacket and left the dugout down the dark stairs.

Buchholz, seemingly mad, said this after the Sox pulled this one out...

“He’s one of the best in the game. There’s never any second thoughts on my behalf coming out of a game and giving the ball to Pap. He’s been really good for way too long to second-guess him.’’

I agree but in the past 6-7 months, I've noticed that what used to be a Papelbon "automatic" no longer is. Let's hope he can turn that around. Please!

Bottom of the ninth, score knotted at three. Marco Scutaro, whose perfectly placed bunt forced a rushed throw from pitcher Robbie Weinhardt that sailed into the outfield, won the game for the Red Sox. I wish Buchholz had been able to win the game because he simply deserved it. But the Boston Red Sox won and that's what's most important.

I have to run. Thanks for stopping by and as always, BE WELL.

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