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Buchholz Dominates in Complete Game Win, Middlebrooks Injured

Clay Buchholz cruised his way to a two-hit complete game victory against the Indians Friday night. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Red Sox took game two of the series against Cleveland on Friday night. Behind an outstanding pitching performance from Clay Buchholz, the Sox were able to edge the Indians 3-2.

The game had a “here we go again” feel to it when Asdrubal Cabrera blasted his 13th home run of the season off of Buchholz in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Indians the early 1-0 lead. However, Clay settled down and limited the damage, allowing the Sox offense to rally back and take the lead.

Mike Aviles continued to show how valuable he is when he walked in the fourth inning. While on first, he drew the attention of Cleveland pitcher Chris Seddon. Seddon attempted to pick Aviles off, but the ball went past Casey Kotchman,  and Aviles made it all the way to third base. Dustin Pedroia then singled to left field, scoring Aviles and tying the game at 1-1.

In the top of the sixth inning, Pedroia reached base on a single to center field. Cody Ross then gave the Red Sox yet another reason to re-sign him this off-season as he launched his 18th home run to center field, putting the Red Sox on top 3-1. The Sox did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game.

The Indians added one more run to their total. Jason Donald made it all the way to third thanks to two errors, one by Pedroia and the other by Aviles. Donald then scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Ezequiel Carrera. The Indians offensive efforts were not enough to outmatch the performance from, who appears to be, the Red Sox Ace, Clay Buchholz.

Boston, You Have Your Ace

With all the negativity surrounding the Red Sox this season, especially around supposed aces Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, it’s hard to believe that Clay Buchholz has not received the recognition he deserves. Earlier this season Buchholz struggled and even had a bout with esophagitus, but none of that derailed him. Currently he is 10-3 with an ERA of 4.24, 86 strikeouts, and 42 walks. This isn’t a new development as over the past few years Clay has shown the ability to be considered an ace of this staff. An injury sidelined what was starting off to be a promising year in 2011, and it looked to do the same this year. Clay bounced back tremendously and has been the only other stable piece of the starting rotation other than Felix Doubront. While the 2012 season is all but over, Clay’s performance over the past few seasons should be a small glimmer of hope as the Sox figure out just what to do with failing pitchers such as John Lackey and Josh Beckett.

Middlebrooks Injured

As if things couldn’t get any worse for this 2012 version of the Boston Red Sox, third-baseman Will Middlebrooks was hit by a pitch in the top of the ninth inning. The pitch hit him on his right wrist and reports are that he has a broken wrist. The Sox invested it all in Middlebrooks when they traded Kevin Youkilis in the middle of June. Middlebrooks has played well throughout the season, and this is nothing more than a bad break…literally.

About Steve Bastek - @sbastek12

Graduate of Bridgewater State University with a BA in Communication studies. I've been a Boston sports fan all my life and enjoy having the opportunity to write about it.

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