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Buchholz and Red Sox Shut Down Baltimore

Clay Buchholz applies a tag after fielding a sacrifice bunt in the 3rd inning. (mlb.com, NESN)

Clay Buchholz is on fire right now. The Red Sox right-hander tossed a computer game shutout while throwing just 101 pitches as the Sox topped the Orioles 11-0.

Orioles prospect Chris Tillman, acquired in the Erik Bedard trade, had trouble from “play ball” as he gave up three quick runs to the Red Sox while laboring through 38 pitches in the first inning. After that the Sox offense never looked back with the bats recording 16 hits. Youkilis, Scutaro, and Beltre all homered in the contest.

Buchholz allowed just two hits in the first six innings and fiver overall with one walk against two strikeouts.

Sox Stud of the Game: Clay Buchholz

Buchholz continues to show major league hitters what he can do. With an 8-3 record and 2.39 ERA will his first All Star Game be the next milestone he reaches?

Sox Dud of the Game: Adrian Beltre

This was a tough call. The Red Sox didn’t really have a dud and Beltre delivered two RBI and hit his seventh home run of the season. However, he lost some points for taking out yet another left fielder. Jeremy Hermida was forced to leave the game after a collision with Beltre.

Game Notes:

W: Clay Buchholz (8-3)
L: Chris Tillman (0-1)

  • Only David Ortiz and Darnell McDonald were hitless, but Ortiz scored a run and McDonald drove in a run.
  • Adrian Beltre now has 7 home runs and is hitting .333 on the season.
  • Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia saw a combined 49 pitches.
  • Victor Martinez raised his batting average to .294 with three hits in the game.

About Mike Carlucci

Mike Carlucci writes about the Red Sox for Sports of Boston and can be found blogging about baseball and technology. He has a J.D and enjoys palindromes and espresso. You can follow him on Twitter @mikecarlucci or on Google+.

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