Sunday, August 31, 2014

Feat Of Clay: Buchholz Goes Distance In 3-0 Win

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Clay Buchholz ended the first half of this season with an 11-0 complete game shutout of the Houston Astros. Today, he repeated that feat—going the distance on a three-hit, 3-0 shutout of Tampa. Buchholz was truly dominant—throwing just 98 pitches while striking out six and walking none. If we can count on this Buchholz in 2015, it significantly eases the burden on Ben Cherington to get at least two new quality starters into the rotation. Boston's offense was paced by Christian Vazquez (an RBI single to start the scoring), Mookie Betts (2-4 with an RBI) and David Ortiz (1-3 with an RBI). The win reduced The Valentine Magic Number to 10—with 26 games left to play.