Buchholz wasn't great today, but he was certainly good enough. 8 IP 6 hits 3 BB 4 K's Prior to this season, you'd take that outing every time out from Clay. This season, it's a little rough. Regardless, the Sox were facing Mark Buehrle (he of the 7+ ERA), and the awful Jays defense, and should have been able to tag him for a handful of runs. That didn't happen.
The Sox didn't get on the board until the 8th, already down 2 at that point. Ellsbury tripled, bringing home David Ross (who was walked by Buehrle before he was pulled). Ellsbury came home thanks to yet another Blue Jays error. Tied game.
Enter Tazawa. First batter he faced was Adam Lind, who homered to center. That was the winning run. Middlebrooks doubled to lead off the bottom of the 9th, but (stop me if you've heard this before) Boston batters couldn't drive him home. Ballgame.
Ortiz got a hit, so that's a plus. But the bottom of the lineup didn't fare so well. The 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th batters (Napoli, Gomes, Drew, Ross) all went hitless with Middlebrooks' 2 doubles sandwiched between them. Nava came in as a pinch hitter for Ross in the 9th, but didn't have any luck, popping up.
I feel like I've written the same thing 4 times in a row, but the Sox inablity to bring runners home is a real problem. If they can fix that, the sky is the limit. But fix it they must.
BOX SCORE | Photo: AP /Michael Dwyer