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Clay Buchholz throws five shutout innings in return

Sep 10, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

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Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz made his first start since June 8 on Tuesday night versus the Rays.

And it went as well as anyone could have expected.

Featuring a steady 93 mph fastball and a very sharp changeup, Buchholz tossed five scoreless innings at Tropicana Field, yielding only three hits and one walk while striking out six Rays batters. He was lifted from the game at 74 pitches — 44 of which were strikes.

Boston’s bullpen did its part, with Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara combining to keep the shoutout alive in an eventual 2-0 victory.

Buchholz is now 10-0 with a 1.61 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 87 strikeouts in 89 1/3 total innings this season.

The first-place Red Sox are leading the second-place Rays by 8 1/2 games in the American League East.

  1. bosoxfan15 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I wish Buch could have pitched deeper into the game. It was a great pitching duel.

    • bruininnh1984 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      he was right on line for his pitch count for this game. i’m guessing farrel didn’t want to start him in the sixth in case tampa got runners on base. it’s hard to find things to complain about his start though, no matter how short it was.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    This is more than I hoped for his return. I was hoping for 5 innings and a chance for the Sox to win (in terms of ER). He exceeded my expectations.

  3. ilovekneegrows - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Dazzling performance. It was against the light-hitting Rays, but it’s the best any team could hope for from a pitcher who has been out 3 months.

  4. aceshigh11 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Unreal.

    And how about Koji? 13 pitches, 12 for strikes…that man is a wizard.

  5. drewzducks - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Best team in baseball just got better.

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    so redsox just added another huge piece. WS contenders

  7. cadillacjosh - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Look at those stats, what a will to win.

  8. roverboy1949 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    after missing 3 months, could he still be in the mix for the Cy Young?

    • 18thstreet - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      No.

      • joestemme - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Even if Buchholz were to go 14-0, I think the lost 3 months would be grounds not to vote for him. MIGHTY impressive though……..

  9. bowltr - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Guess genius Joe didn’t have a 10 foot snake in the clubhouse before the game. Must be why the Devil Dog’s lost.

  10. jdubfla - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Genius Joe. Isnt that what the media calls him? On road trip only two players were hitting. And.. Season on line.. Red Sox.. He sits one down. To rest. After an off day. BRILLIANT.

    • js20011041 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      I actually thought Maddon outmanaged Ferrell in this game. Part of this is Maddon having more tactical weapons than Ferrell, but he also utilized them about as I would deem optimal. Ferrell again started Drew against a lefty instead of Bogaerts. Drew looked hopelessly overmatched against Price. Saltalamacchia drove in a key run, but still should be platooned with Ross. He does not hit lefties well at all. It’s becoming increasingly clear that Ferrell only trusts Uehara, Tazawa, and Breslow if the game is even remotely close. I like giving a reliever multiple innings, as he did with Breslow, but he came in immediately faced Escobar, Myers, Zobrist and Longoria. I know he’s not exactly a LOOGY, but I’m not sure I want him facing all of the opposition’s best right handed hitters either. I liked the moves Maddon made. He knows he has a weak bullpen and stretched Price as long as he could. He used his pinch hitters appropriately. They just didn’t get the job done. Such is baseball. Ferrell needs to step his game up or else he’s going to hurt this team in the playoffs.

      • bowltr - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        Sorry thumbs down on this comment. Please learn his name you know that Ferrell guy…………..it’s Farrell.

  11. coloradostupid - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Magic number is now 10.

  12. j0esixpack - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Where is bozosforall and his incessant offseason comments that the Red Sox were doomed to remain in last place for the coming decade?

    That’s the best thing about the Sox Worst to First season – it made him STFU

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