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Coming off the shortest outing of his career, lasting just one inning against the Oakland A’s, Clay Buchholz was looking for a team like the Mariners to change his luck. With cleanup hitter Franklin Gutierrez hitting just .247/.308/.367 for an OPS under .700, the Mariners’ lineup was just what the doctor ordered.
Buchholz tossed seven innings of one-run ball, with the lone run coming on a Russell Branyan solo shot, to outpitch former Sox farmhand David Pauley. While the former Sox pitcher yielded just two runs, one earned, his bullpen wasn’t able to help him out and keep the game within reach. For the Mariners, a team that entered 2010 with playoff aspirations, Wednesday’s game to complete the Red Sox sweep looked as dismal as the season as a whole.
Former Angels’ speedster Chone Figgins was caught stealing Wednesday after being caught twice the night before by a battery of catchers who have spent most of the season decidedly not in control of the running game.
The towering blast hit by Adrian Beltre probably didn’t help Seattle fans feel any better. Beltre’s resurgent season for the Sox has bested his entire stint with the Mariners.
Buchholz came back in a big way, striking out six and giving up just four hits over his seven innings.
An 0-4 night with three strikeouts brings his major league line down to .074/.103/.074 over 27 at-bats. Obviously, it’s a tiny sample size, but you’d like him to at least connect with a few balls during his time in the majors.
W: Clay Buchholz (16-7)
L: David Pauley (2-8)