By: Stephen Parsons
Through 2 starts, Clay Buchholz only allowed 1 run on 9 hits against the Yankees and Orioles. Today he was even better than that. Clay Buchholz took a no hitter into the Top of the 8th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, leading the Sox to a 5-0 win at Fenway Park.
Alex Cobb has also been excellent this season, he has allowed 3 runs on 11 hits, with 12 strikeouts in his first two starts this season. Today the Red Sox offense would get to him in the Bottom of the 3rd inning.
Mike Napoli would hit a 2-run double to deep center field scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino. It was not over for Cobb, Stephen Drew hit into a bases loaded fielder’s choice. Mike Napoli scored on the play, but due to a throwing error by Yunel Escobar, Daniel Nava also scored making it all of a sudden 4-0 Red Sox.
Then Buchholz would go to work, he would walk 4 batters, but he did not allow a hit going deep into the game in Fenway. Tampa’s offense has struggled early this season, that is no secret. Mix that with excellent pitching, disaster was the only outcome possible for the Rays this afternoon. Buchholz was dominant all day today, he struck out 11 Rays batters today. His no hitter was broken up in the Top of the 8th when Kelly Johnson sliced a single down the right field line.
Desmond Jennings would then hit a double to left field going off the left field wall, it did not score Johnson from first. Ben Zobrist was unable to drive in Johnson and Jennings stranding them on base.
Andrew Miller would relieve Buchholz in the Top of the 9th, he would allow a single from Evan Longoria, but Tampa would not score. Boston would take this one 5-0 behind another spectacular start from Clay Buchholz.
Buchholz improves to 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA. Alex Cobb drops to 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA.
Tampa’s hitting woes continue, when a guy like Buchholz gives you chances you need to cash in on them. He was unhittable today until the 8th inning, but he yielded 4 walks before that. The Rays went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. Zobrist, Longoria, and Joyce going combined 0 for 4, that is your 2-3-4 hitters. That needs to be fixed if the Rays hope to compete in the AL East who has some of the best pitching in all of baseball.
Coming Up Next:
Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day, and the Rays will finish their series with the Red Sox at 11:05 tomorrow morning at Fenway. Jeremy Hellickson (0-1 6.35 ERA) will face off against Ryan Dempster (0-1 3.60 ERA). First pitch is at 11:05 AM at Fenway Park.
- Buchholz and Red Sox Dominate Rays in Game Two (baseballtrashtalkin.org)
- Red Sox-Rays Live: Clay Buchholz Strikes Out Two in First Inning, Game Scoreless at Fenway (nesn.com)
Categories: American League Happenings