10 more runs than Clay needed. posted by Joe Franciosa, Jr.
I just finished watching Buckholz shut out the Orioles for the third time. Gotta love the "Sox in 2" games when they win.
So, before we talk about Buckholz, let's begin with Beltre. I'm not really sure if that Home run on one knee is his new signature move or not, but it is aweing to watch. Is he really turning on the ball that hard? Is he just off-balance and ending on one knee is a bad thing? What happens when the one knee swing ends up scraping the wall? Is he going to get himself thrown out at second? We'll have to wait until that happens to know. But, for now, it's the best home-run swing in baseball. Now Beltre, you really need to stop running into the left fielder. Did you learn nothing from Ellsbury? Hurting Hermida isn't as big a deal as Ellsbury, but you're going to hurt yourself on one of these crazy collisions. That would be horrible for this team.
Now then, on to the real star of the game. Buckholz threw 101 pitches in his complete game 5 hit shut out of the Orioles. After a rough start to the year, he's now 8-3, and leading the Sox rotation in wins. I'm sorry Tim Wakefield, maybe moving you to the bull pen screwed up your rhythm, but ever since you've returned to the rotation in Beckett's place, it's become obvious that Buckholz deserved that spot in the rotation, and if it again becomes a question of Wake or you going to the Bull Pen, it's definitely got to be Wake.
Now, it was the Orioles, so there's little else to say about this game. The Orioles only have 19 wins, being last in all the Major Leagues. They just fired their manager, and it's going to be a long time until the Orioles are relevant in baseball again. Continue reading "10 more runs than Clay needed."