Thursday, May 19, 2011

Buchholz and Red Sox Hold Off Red Hot Tigers

                                                       Sports Illustrated

Red Sox 1 Tigers 0
Winning Pitcher: Daniel Bard (1-3)
Losing Pitcher: Dan Schlereth (0-1)
Save: Jonathan Papelbon (8)

It was a great game for the Buchholz-Saltalamacchia battery, as the Red Sox were able to beat the Tigers 1-0 in a wet, rainy affair. In the top of the first, Buchholz was able to shut down the Detroit lineup 1-2-3, including two strikeouts. However, it took him 26 pitches to do so. This was the most pitches of any 1-2-3 inning in baseball so far this year. Phil Coke came to the mound in the bottom of the inning and shut down the Sox lineup, and it was clear we had a pitchers' duel on our hands. Buchholz had a no-hitter with two outs in the 4th, until Miguel Cabrera rocked a double into right field. The next batter, old friend Victor Martinez, flew out to right, and Boston was out of the inning. After the 7th inning, the score was still 0-0 and the game went into a 26 minute rain delay. Buchholz was pulled after the inning, and he finished with 7 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and a walk, while striking out seven. He also had to throw 127 pitches to do so, 79 of which were strikes. Dan Schlereth came on in relief with two outs in the bottom of the 8th, and started his outing with a walk to Carl Crawford. The next batter, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, hit one deep to center for a double, and it was able to score Crawford. It would be the only run needed, as Papelbon came on and got his 8th save of the year, eventually stranding a man on 3rd in the 9th. It was the Red Sox 22nd win of the year.

The Red Sox (22-20) and Tigers (22-20) finish their short 2-game series tonight at 7:10 PM ET. In a fantastic pitching match-up, Boston sends Josh Beckett (3-1 1.75) to the mound against Justin Verlander (4-3 2.91). 

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