Monday, July 14, 2014

ClayMationNation; Buchholz Fans 12 In 11-0 Win

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
This is what we've been waiting for from Clay Buchholz. The pre-injury snappy breaking stuff, the nasty cutter, the poise on the mound—the results. The tall righty fanned 12 Astros, giving up just three hits on the way to a complete-game shutout of Houston, 11-0. There was no doubt about the dominance of Buchholz from start to finish—he tossed seven pitches in the first and seven in the ninth. The offense was keyed by (who else?) Brock 'Babe' Holt who collected five hits—including a lead-off home run to start the scoring (he's now hitting .327). Christian Vazquez had two more hits, along with Stephen Drew, Dustin Pedroia and Daniel Nava. The Sox return to action after the All-Star Break at home against the Royals on Friday night.