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Game 94: Another one bites the dust: Sox lose again

Final - 7.22.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Texas Rangers 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 X 3 10 0
WP: Dustin Nippert (2 - 0)
SV: Doug Mathis (1)
LP: Clay Buchholz (1 - 1)

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Even the mighty Clay Buchholz falls victim to crappy offense.

Buchholz went four innings and the Sox racked-in a whopping six hits in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers Wednesday night. Buchholz threw 90 pitches in the loss while giving up three runs, six hits, two walks and struck out three.

Nick Green (solo homer) provided the only runs for the Sox. Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz each had two hits. Jason Varitek had the other hit.

The bullpen was pretty good, though. Manny Delcarmen (2H, 1K), Daniel Bard (1H, 2K), Hideki Okajima (1H, 1BB) and Jonathan Papelbon (1K) all worked scoreless innings in relief of Buchholz.

So let's look at the two starts from Buchholz: in both, he threw a lot of pitches and struggled to get hitters out. He's wild, too, walking too many batters in too few innings. He really just hasn't been that good. But that's baseball -- you can't really judge a pitcher on two games. The next one, at least we hope, will be better.