That would have been a horrible position, to take him out with a no-hitter in the ninth, but he would not have started a hitter after 120 pitches.And Buchholz knew it. That "was the so-called number I would have been coming out at. ... It would have been a bad deal."
So Buchholz's pickoff of Brian Roberts in the sixth was key, as was Jay Payton's first pitch groundout to end the eighth. Pitches by innings: 14-11-12 7-23-13 12-10-13 = 115.
Everyone was talking about Dustin Pedroia's dive and throw on Miguel Tejada's grounder up the middle to start the seventh inning.
When I jumped up and missed that ball, I was thinking, 'Well, it's over,' and then [Pedroia] comes out of nowhere. I knew that something was meant to happen tonight.Pedroia (and):
Miguel sometimes hits the ball in the 3-4 hole over by the first baseman, so I was kind of playing straight up. I kind of had a good jump on the ball and I was able to get to it. I took a deeper angle to it. ... Once I got there I just popped up as fast as I could and threw it as hard as I could. ... The ball was hit pretty hard and I lucked out there. ... Man that was the funnest thing I've ever been a part of.Coco Crisp:
I thought he had no chance. No chance. The ball was hit up the middle and it looked like that ball was coming out to me. He dove for it - because you have to dive for it, give it an attempt. I thought he was going to flip it to Lugo. ... That was one of the most exciting parts of the game, with the obvious exception, you know, of the no-hitter part. ... I was fine until the last couple of outs and then my legs started shaking.Epstein:
This was probably the most fun I've had in a regular-season game since I've been GM.So the question now is: When do we get to start talking about Johnny Vander Meer?
We have a plan We're not necessarily going to articulate it [publicly]. This can't change that. We've got to do what's right for the team and for Clay for the long term.Gordon Edes notes that Buchholz had never pitched past the seventh inning this year until the no-no. In eight starts with Pawtucket, he threw as many as seven innings once, and threw more than 90 pitches only twice (his high was 98). In 15 starts for Portland, he threw as many as seven innings twice. He has thrown a total 140.1 innings this season.
I'm sure [another start] will probably happen, but I don't know exactly when. There are some issues - escalating innings - we need to keep an eye on.Bryan Corey warmed up in the eighth inning: "I'm glad he went [the distance]. That's not a game I want to come in to."
Roberts tried bunting for a hit in the third inning. Mike Lowell: "Late in the game I got to second and Roberts asked, 'What would you do if I laid down a bunt?' I said 'Nothing, because [the fans] would kill you.'"
After a restless night, Buchholz showed up at Fenway on Sunday at 8:00 AM! Did he sleep at all?
I did try. [I] laid down for maybe 10 minutes, [it] just didn't work out the way I thought it would. ... I attempted to go to sleep probably at 4 o'clock -- didn't happen; [so I] went and got something to eat and came here. There's no reason for me to try to fall asleep because it's not going to happen.Buchholz's gem was the 17th Red Sox no-hitter, the most of any team.
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