Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Clay Leads Sox Out Of Wilderness With 1-0 Gem

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Somewhat lost in the shuffle of The May From Hell was the fact that Clay Buchholz was on a path to recovery. While the team was losing his starts, he was generally going deep into games and giving up minimal runs. Last night, Buchholz showed signs that he might be all the way back to the dominant form we saw in early 2013. Before his injury that year, he was a legitimate favorite to win the Cy Young Award. The lanky Texan hurled eight shutout innings on Tuesday—giving up just three hits and striking out eight in a 1-0 win. Typically, his team scored just one run for him (on a clutch, two-out Rusney Castillo RBI), but it proved to be enough. Xander Bogaerts continued his hot hitting—going 2-4 and raising his average to .281. This is just what the doctor ordered for The Carmine Hose as they begin a homestand and a new month.