Clay Buchholz came back in a big way last night, as him and David Ortiz helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 at Safeco Field on Wednesday night.
In his first start since late May against the Atlanta Braves, Buchholz tossed 7.1 innings and allowed seven hits, four earned runs, while striking out two and walking none. But the best sign was how sharp he looked stuff wise, as Clay’s velocity was up and the movement on that cutter-like fastball was fantastic.
As for the offense, we finally saw some life from this group against a good pitcher in Hisashi Iwakuma. Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give Boston an early lead, while Daniel Nava churned out three hits and Brock Holt was great with two hits out of the top spot in the order. The lineup that was used in last night’s game may be the start of something for this offense.
Even without Napoli, who would slide into the fifth spot behind Ortiz, the first five that Boston threw out was a lot more formidable and should be as the season goes on. Add in Napoli and maybe Shane Victorino if he ever gets healthy and the Sox can maybe move up from being in the bottom half of the league in runs scored.
Yankee Stadium will host the club starting on Friday in a much-anticipated weekend series between Boston and New York. Vidal Nuno will take the mound for the Bronx Bombers while my guy Brandon Workman will make a big start for Boston to continue this turn around.