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Buchholz Pitches Great, But Offense Absent As Sox Get Shut Out

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Let's just get this out of the way quick: the Red Sox lost to the Rangers tonight, 3-0, but guess what? Clay Buchholz was really, really good.

There was no offense tonight. They just didn't show up. That happens sometimes and it really is a problem, but didn't you hear me?! CLAY. BUCHHOLZ. PITCHED. WELL.

Buchholz on the night:

  • 6.2 innings
  • 6 hits
  • 3 runs
  • 1 walk
  • 10 strikeouts

Yes.

That's the Clay Buchholz we love. That's the Clay Buchholz we haven't seen since October. If Buchholz can pitch like this almost every time out, then the Red Sox definitely have the best starting rotation in baseball. You know, when it all comes together. Because that's coming soon. I swear.

As far as the offense...

Victor Martinez went 2 for 3. That's nice. And. Um. He walked, too. As far as everyone else goes, even Darnell McDonald couldn't produce (0 for 2, BB). It was just one of those games (which we've seen quite a bit already).

Game notes:

  • The relief wasn't too bad. Ramon Ramirez worked .2 innings and allowed just a hit. Scott Schoeneweis went 1.2 innings and walked one while striking out one.
  • No regular in the Red Sox's lineup today is hitting over .300. Only two in the lineup -- Mike Lowell (.300) and McLovin' (.429) -- have a mark higher than .300
  • Buchholz has now allowed just five runs in 16.2 innings on the season, good for a 2.70 ERA.

The Sox start a three-game series at home versus the Orioles tomorrow night at 7.