Buchholz: "I think he's done it four times now in my career, coming in with the bases loaded, less than two outs."
Someone should tell Clay that Bard actually had never done that before yesterday, so he should hold off on that dinner (or tell Bard he can order only soup).
Bard has come into six bases-loaded situations in his career (all of them in 2010):
April 23 vs Orioles: 6th inning, in relief of Jon Lester, 2 outs: F8Before yesterday, Bard had relieved Buchholz seven times, but only five times with runners on base:
May 8 vs Yankees: 8th inning, in relief of Scott Schoeneweis (Buchholz started), 2 outs: 2-run single, BB, 2-run single, F9
June 5 at Orioles: 7th inning, in relief of Lester, 1 out: F8, PF5
August 9 at Yankees: 7th inning, in relief of Lester, 1 out: K, K
August 12 at Blue Jays: 9th inning, in relief of Jonathan Papelbon (John Lackey started), 2 outs: F8 (game-losing sac fly)
October 3 vs Yankees: 9th inning, in relief of Rich Hill (Lackey started), 2 outs: 4-3.
2009In fact, before yesterday, Buchholz had never -- in 65 major league starts and two relief appearances -- left a game with the bases loaded.
July 17 at Blue Jays: 6th inning, 1st/2nd, 2 outs: K
September 18 at Orioles: Started 7th inning
May 14 at Tigers: 7th, 1st/2nd, 1 out: HBP, K, 5-3
May 19 vs Twins: 9th, Man on 1st, 0 outs: 4-3, 3U/run scored, BB, 1B, 4-3
June 20 vs Dodgers: 7th, 1st/3rd, 2 outs: FC6-4
August 6 at Yankees: 8th, Man on 2nd, 1 out: L8, P3
August 22 vs Blue Jays: Started 7th inning
Remember last week ... I said the best way for us to play good baseball is to go through our rotation a couple of times and get solid starts, consistent starts, and give ourselves a chance?In the most recent time through the rotation, the starters had a 1.15 ERA:
And Boston won four of those five games.IP H R BB K Beckett 7.0 3 1 2 9 Lester 6.0 6 1 3 5 Matsuzaka 7.0 1 0 1 3 Lackey 6.0 4 1 1 3 Buchholz 5.1 6 1 4 2