Red Sox - 010 000 010 - 2 7 1Buchholz (8-7-1-2-4, career-high 117 pitches) with a perfect ninth for the save from Ramon Ramirez. It was a hell of a performance from HH -- "gutsy" was the word everyone was using -- since it was known before the game began that Daniel Bard, Hideki Okajima, and Jonathan Papelbon were all unavailable.
Blue Jays - 100 000 000 - 1 7 0
A bases loaded, four-pitch walk to Mike Lowell (batting for David Ortiz) in the eighth -- from fresh-into-the-game Kevin Gregg -- gave the Red Sox the lead. Jeremy Hermida's single scored Ortiz in the second.
Clay Buchholz / Shaun Marcum
Laptop makes his 4th start of the year.
Bullpen move: Fabio Castro up, Scott Atchison down.Scutaro, SS
SSS Stuff: Among Jays with more than 10 PA against Buchholz, Lyle Overbay (6-for-14) and Adam Lind (5-for-14, 2 HR) have done well, while Aaron Hill (4-for-17) Vernon Wells (2-for-12) have not.
Adrian Beltre is 6-for-13 against Marcum with a 1.610 OPS, Victor Martinez is 4-for-8 (3 doubles, one HR), Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-13, and David Ortiz is 2-for-14.
Various B-Ref notes on last night's rollercoaster:
Since 1920 (excluding 1940-1951, for which we do not have detailed box scores), this was just the 13th game in which both starting pitchers went no more than 3 innings and allowed at least 7 earned runs ...Last night's announced crowd of 13,847 was the smallest crowd to watch the Red Sox play a game anywhere (non-exhibition) since May 20, 2004 (12,401 in Tampa Bay).
If you add in allowing at least 8 hits, the #2 game between the Rangers and Angels [September 19, 2008] is the only other one in addition to yesterday's that qualifies. ...
The Red Sox are the first team this year to boast five different players with at least 3 hits in the same game ...
Ryan Westmoreland was released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Saturday, though he will continue to have physical and occupational therapy there.
Happy 122nd Birthday to Lore Bader!