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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Clay Buchholz is settling into married life just fine
I think it sums up the 2010 Red Sox pretty well that at this moment Clay Buchholz is by far their most reliable starting pitcher.
Buchholz has always had great stuff (see: no-hitter in 2007) but we're still waiting for him to put it all together and become the front of the rotation guy he seems like he can be.
He did everything the Sox (10-11) needed last night as he went eight strong innings in their tidy 2-1 win over Toronto (10-11) at the Rogers Centre.
He's married to a woman that held a briefcase on Deal or No Deal (haha really) so Buchholz (2-2) seems to have finally found some stability in his life off the field. Dating a Penthouse Pet isn't the way to find that sense of calm, or so I hear.
He allowed one earned run on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He also threw 117 pitches and most importantly saved Boston's bullpen which badly needed some rest.
Ramon Ramirez pitched the ninth for his second career save.
Shawn Marcum matched Buchholz for seven innings, giving up one earned run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
The Blue Jays went up 1-0 in the first when red-hot Vernon Wells drove in Fred Lewis with an RBI double.
Boston tied it in the second with Jeremy Hermida's RBI single which knocked in David Ortiz.
Mike Lowell had the biggest play of the game, a bases-loaded walk in the eighth which ended up being the deciding run (Dustin Pedroia).
Jon Lester looks to get the sweep for the Red Sox tonight, he'll be opposed by Brett Cecil.