Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lone Sox Ace Fires Complete Game Two-Hitter

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It needs to be said, Nation. There is only one ace on the Boston Red Sox, and his name is Clay Buchholz. The lanky righty fired a two-hit complete-game shutout at the hapless Indians—propelling the Carmine Hose to a badly-needed 3-2 victory. Buchholz gave up a home run to the second batter of the game, then settled in to a dominant performance reminiscent of his rookie season. This is the kind of starting pitching we thought we'd be getting from the top three in the rotation. Sadly, only Buchholz (and occasionally Morales and Doubront) is truly dependable. He hasn't given up more than two earned runs in five straight starts. On the offensive side, Cody Ross launched a two-run home run in the sixth to put Boston on top to stay. This win could be incredibly costly, as rookie sensation Will Middlebrooks was hit in the wrist and left the game for X-rays. Hold your breath.