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Clay Buchholz gives up five homers in loss to Yankees

Apr 20, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

Clay Buchholz, Eric Chavez Getty Images

Two pitchers have given up five homers in a game this season. Both have been Red Sox.

Clay Buchholz joined Josh Beckett in the exclusive club Friday, surrendering five solo homers in a 6-2 loss to the Yankees on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park’s opening.

On the plus side, Buchholz’s start was pretty good for someone who allowed five homers. He allowed just the five earned runs overall. He also allowed one unearned run after Dustin Pedroia lost Derek Jeter‘s game-opening popup in the sun and had it go off his glove. Jeter later scored on an Alex Rodriguez single.

The homers came off the bats of Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez (two), Rodriguez and Russell Martin. A couple of the earlier ones were wind-aided. The shots hit by A-Rod and Martin didn’t need any assistance. Rodriguez’s homer was his 631st, moving him past Ken Griffey Jr. and into fifth place on the all-time list.

Buchholz was probably the Red Sox starter least likely to give up five homers in a game. He allowed just nine all year on his way to 17 wins in 2010. Overall, he had allowed 44 in 458 career innings, an average of one every 10.4 innings.

Buchholz is now 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA this season. That his three starts have come against the Tigers, Rays and now the Yankees certainly has something to do with that.

On a happier note, Chavez’s two-homer game was his first since April 11, 2006.

  1. randygnyc - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Awesome performance by the Yankees, sending home 35,000 miserable fans, after their delirious 100th anniversary celebration.

  2. hojo20 - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:10 PM


  3. pisano - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Boston was lucky the score wasn’t more one sided. Five home runs and only six runs?

  4. erlynx - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Hey Randy, who are you to say who went home miserable? That was a great day at Fenway. Great weather, got to see all the old stars, and see some baseball. I highly doubt most of the people who could afford today’s ticket were too upset.

  5. xpensivewinos - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    So who’s on painkillers now?????

    The “Curse of Tito” has officially begun…..

  6. 1historian - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    you can’t make this up

    sox fans – just chill out, this will end soon

  7. jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    You know the Yankees were inspired by all those Red Sox greats. Players are not necessarily haters, unlike some fans. Sure, hate fuels a rivalry, but so does respect. The Red Sox are clearly in trouble, while the Yankees are their usual competitive self.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:47 AM

      what redsuk greats? all 5 of them??

  8. randygnyc - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Add to the mix the humiliation of the sox losing in front of nearly every living red sox player, and you have the recipe for another inglorious, historic, repeat failure. Lolz

  9. uyf1950 - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Only a Red Sox pitcher (Buchholz) could start the game with a 9.82 ERA give up 5 ER’s in 6 innings and lower his ERA to 9.00. Good thing Bobby V has liked his pitching staff from the very beginning.

    Congratulations to the Yankees on a very impressive win.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      I don’t know if I’d call it “very impressive”…it was a solid win, but hardly overwhelming, particularly with how piss-poor the Sox are currently playing.

      Still, congrats for coming into our house and pissing on our ticker tape parade.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:48 AM

        you wouldnt know what to call jack if it hit you in the middle of your forehead junior. Nobody cares what you have to say trust me

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:58 AM

        No one cares what I have to say? I routinely have excellent discussions regarding baseball with the intelligent, courteous regulars on this site.

        You, on the other hand, aren’t even liked by your fellow Yankees fans. You’re a truculent, angry, bitter, hateful piece of work who enjoys hating the Red Sox more than you enjoy cheering on the Yankees.

        What a sad life you must lead.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        Yeah, as commentors go, I’ll take aces over you any day Harry, affiliation be damned.

  10. erlynx - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Again, to Randy. If you want to talk about inglorious, historic, epic collapses, may I remind you of the 2004 ALCS? It’s a long season, and it’s only April. This was one game. Congrats on your huge, epic victory.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Yes, 2004 will always be a particularly sweet trump card for Sox fans, but the statute of limitations has to run out on that sooner or later.

      Both the Sox and Yankees have won World Series titles since then, and with the Sox 7-20 collapse last September, we have no room to talk when it comes to epic meltdowns now.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:50 AM

      2011 redsuks? 1978 redsuks? biggest collapes ever maybe? do your homework son

  11. aceshigh11 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM


    You know…I *WANT* to be really pissed off at some of the comments here, but…the reality is if the situations were reversed, there would be more than enough d-bag Red Sox fans doing the exact same thing.

    • onegamedoesnotaseasonmake - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      hey thank you for your honesty. used to live in CT…have seen plenty from both sides be d-bags.

    • bigharold - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM


      The RS have issues with their pitching and injuries but if there is one saving grace it’s that it’s still very early in the season. In 09 the Yankees won the WS which glossed over the fact that they started the season 0-8 against the RS.

    • Jeremy T - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      The burden of trying to be a sensible fan of a team with an obnoxious fan base. As a Yankees/Jets fan, I feel your pain.

  12. sparky1002 - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    It was worth the price of admission to see the remaining RedSox greats. 100 years of legendary history as the two teams for the length of that period were locked in battle once more. Those who have passed on had to be watching. Thanks everyone.

  13. pisano - Apr 21, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Call he crazy, but I have a feeling Bobby V’s tenure with the Sox will be a short one. If only his mouth was as small as the rest of his body.

  14. 1historian - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Those retro uniforms – for both sides – are really cool looking, and I would wager more than a few bux that they were NOT cheap, so there were some happy people at the park yesterday, because they made LOTS of money.

    “Suckers are still buying it.”

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