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Buchholz solid in final rehab start as PawSox even series

Posted by Craig Forde  September 5, 2013 11:17 PM

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After suffering a 7-1 loss in game one of their best-of-five series with the Rochester Red Wings on Wednesday night, the PawSox bounced back for a 7-2 victory Thursday, taking a 1-1 series back to McCoy Stadium for the weekend.

We had a man on the scene, Mr. Chris Fee, who was kind enough to send over a first-hand account of the rehab start by Clay Buchholz, which should be his last before he finally rejoins the Red Sox. With many thanks to Chris, we give you his rundown, along with a tight shot of Clay and his American flag shorts post game and a video of his post game
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By Chris Fee

Clay Buchholz was making what was expected to be his final start for the Pawtucket Red Sox tonight in the first round of the Governor’s Cup Playoffs against the Rochester Red Wings.

There were talks before the game that Clay would be on a 70-pitch limit coming into his start tonight and through the first three innings he would make the most of it.

In the first Buchholz struck out two batters, allowing just one hit to reigning International League Player of the Week Eduardo Escobar, but otherwise getting out of the inning unscathed.

In the second inning he allowed a hit and a walk, but once again was able to get out of the inning with a strikeout. All three of the completed innings that Buchholz pitched he finished off with a strikeout.

Clay BuchholzPawSox.jpg“Curveball in my hand felt really good today, first pitch strikes and was getting 0-1, 0-2 counts. The pitch that I really need to have in my back pocket is the two seam fastball on both sides of the plate,” said Buchholz about how his pitch location was tonight.

The fourth inning, which would be the last for Buchholz, would be where he struggled the most following a long delay in the top of the inning in which the PawSox scored three runs, allowing some rust to build up for him.

After allowing a leadoff walk, Deibinson Romero hit a double deep to left-center field scoring Chris Parmelee. Then after retiring Aaron Hicks and Eric Farris, he allowed an RBI single to Ray Olmedo, which at 71 pitches would be the last hitter he would face tonight.

“I’m trying to get better and get back with the club,” said Buchholz after the game.

When he was asked if he was ready to go on Tuesday, he responded by saying “Absolutely.”

Overall Clay Buchholz pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits, two runs (both earned), two walks and five strikeouts on 71 pitches, 52 for strikes.

It appeared to me, and the crowd of 4,553 that he is ready to rejoin the Red Sox rotation and help them make a playoff push down the stretch.

Pawtucket went on to win the game 7-2, splitting the first two games in Rochester before heading back to McCoy Stadium with game set for Friday and Saturday, with Sunday in wait if the series goes the distance.

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Chris Fee writes for Twins Daily and the former Bus Leagues Baseball (an On Deck all-time favorite), among others. Check out his work here, follow him on Twitter @CJFee and email him at christopherjfee@gmail.com.

Again, our endless thanks to Chris for lending a hand and we will be live blogging Game 3 from McCoy tomorrow night, so please check back for more as the PawSox continue their defense of the Governors' Cup.

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