FORT MYERS, Fla. – Clay Buchholz has taken the mound on Field 1 at the minor league complex vs an assortment of major and minor leaguers. Kelly Shoppach is catching him.
We’ll take you inning-by-inning:
Buchholz went 2-2 to Nick Punto, who reached his bat and singled to the opposite field. Catcher Max St. Pierre doubled down the third base line. Runners at second and third, Buchholz faced Dustin Pedroia-clone Sean Coyle, who flew out to right. Punto was thrown out at home, actually avoiding the tag all together. Buchholz threw 15 pitches, nine for strikes.
Six-seven RHP Michael Lee got major leaguer Kelly Shoppach to strike out swinging. Peter Hissey reached on an infield single into the shortstop hole, but was thrown out trying to steal by tiny (5-8) catcher Christian Vazquez.
Punto is getting his at-bats against Buchholz and he owns him. Punto singled to right to open the inning. Buchholz picked Punto off first. John Lackey has arrived to watch Buchholz. Lots of Red Sox people here. Assistant GM Mike Hazen, pitching coach Bob McClure are watching. Long-time agent Alan Hendricks is also on hand. St. Pierre just lined out hard to shortstop for the second out. Buchholz’ young daughter Colbi is shouting out ‘Go Daddy!’ Prospect outfielder Jackie Bradley drew a walk and Brandon Jacobs, a muscular outfielder with power grounded to third, forcing the runner at second base. Buchholz threw 18 pitches, nine for strikes.,
Shoppach reached on a single after Kolbrin Vitek grounded out. Bryce Brentz also struck out. Big first base Mauro Gomez walked. Given that it’s an extremely informal game, the inning ended.
Buchholz got third baseman Travis Shaw to fly out to center field and he struck out St. Pierre. Sox top prospect Xander Bogaerts grounded out to third to end the inning. Buchholz threw 14 pitches, eight for strikes.
Garrett Mock is on to pitch. Heiker Menesis walked. Keury De La Cruz singled. The speedy Gibson knocked into a double-play to end the inning.
Henry Ramos singled to right to open the inning against Buchholz. St. Pierre grounded out. Vazquez tripled to right field when the rightfielder crashed into the scoreboard. This game is rigged because it should have been an inside-the-park homer but the runner was held at third.Third baseman David Renfroe took a called third strike on a fastball down the middle of the plate. Buchholz threw 12 pitches, seven for strikes.
All together, 59 pitches and 33 strikes. He allowed five hits and one walk.