Saturday, July 18, 2009
The notion that the Sox were trying to showcase Clay Buchholz for the Blue Jays is absurdly moronic. However, Buchholz did put on a good show, and made a case for his inclusion in the Sox rotation.
That being said, I'll try not to get too excited by this one start. After all, it's quite clear Buchholz has the stuff to vanquish Major League hitters. It's how he deals with Major League adversity that has been his problem. And until he can demonstrate otherwise, we must assume it remains a chink in his armor.
But Friday night's victory was a nice showing of Red Sox homemade pitching. Buchholz registered his solid 5.2 innings, and was followed by Bard, who retired 4 in a row, 3 via strikeout. Papelbon finished the night with an easy 8 pitch save.
Man of the Game:
Clay Buchholz: 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K
Brad Penny faces Brian Tallet Saturday afternoon at 1.
AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese