Saturday, July 12, 2008

Game 95: The Buchh Stops Here

Final Score: Boston Red Sox 3, Baltimore Orioles 7

Welcome back Clay Buchholz… why the hell are you here?

He was ugly in the first, he looked lost in the fourth, and was relieved by a disaster filled bullpen in the 6th. It wasn’t the kid’s night, which makes me wonder if putting him back in the big leagues was the right move… no-hitter or not.

Was he better than Masterson? Maybe yes, maybe no. Is Masterson going to be better than Clay in the long run? Hopefully no. Is this an example of what we can expect from Buchholz? Dear God I hope not.

Look, as much as I want to place on Big Buch’s head (4 earned runs) I need to at LEAST mention the bullpen in this equation as well. Delcarmen and Timlin were up to the old tricks… as in runs scored tricks… for the latter innings. Just awful and awfully familiar.

Forget the fact that the Sox only scored 3 runs at home and that the Orioles are basically a .300 team hiding in a .400 team’s corpse… Boston didn’t want to win this game. Sweeping these orange clad chumps should have been elementary. The Red Sox could have really used this (both New York and the Rays got shut out), but I guess I’ll have to stick to the 1.5 game lead. Big rest coming up… looks like we need it.