The end came for Clay Buchholz with one out in the fourth inning last night and the Sox trailing 1-0 on a first inning home run by Alex Rodriquez.
Manager John Farrell whistles for the cavalry….
In a game that can only be described as disappointing the 2015 Red Sox showed well…..not much.
What Buchholz did was predictable. It was his 17th career outing against the Yankees and he entered with a record of 5-8 against the pinstripers and an ERA of 6.08. The night ended with him 5-9 and that ERA still north of six!
And now help me here. I know I’m getting curmudgeonly as I tip toe into the winter of my days, but I do not recall a big game that he has gone out and simply got er done! Does anybody out there remember him winning a big game?
In that vein he’s 73-51 in his career, pretty good on the surface. But he’s 29-29 in July, August and September. Pretty mediocre! Oh and he’s 0-0 with a 4.21 ERA pitching 25 2/3 innings in five post season starts. Not exactly what one could call “step up” performances.
It actually all came undone in the fourth. A couple of boots in the infield; even one by everybody’s favorite dirt dog, Brock Holt!
I don’t know it just seemed to be an overall non-competitive effort across the board. I did not see the fire you thought would be present. It is after all the Yankees and there is after all the chance to really climb into this thing.
The next two days will tell us a lot……Win or lose I’ll invoke the words of Coach Raul Jose Velez….”JUST COMPETE!”
And as for Clay??? History tells us this……
Maybe tonight, this kid will step up and put his own stamp on the Red Sox/Yankee rivalry.
Talented 22 year old southpaw, Eduardo Rodriquez, will make his ninth career start tonight at Fenway!
Oh and by the way….Am I being picky here or is a professional sports trainer really supposed to look like this?
And so it is on this day, in Fenway history, July 11, 2015