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Game of the Week: Recap (Red Sox at Yankees 4/12)

Well, that didn’t live up to the hype. From the very first pitch delivered by Clay Buchholz, I could instantly tell that he didn’t have his best stuff. Going into the game, I was very confident that he would be able to overpower an old Yankee lineup, but the exact opposite happened. The Yankees were able to get to the pitcher early and often, which in return destroyed his confidence.

After delivering a leadoff walk to Jacoby Ellsbury, Buchholz was noticeably uncomfortable with having a runner on base. With no real pickoff move, the combination of Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury gave Buchholz a fit for the duration of his short 4 inning outing.

However, Masahiro Tanaka was not extremely sharp either. The Red Sox looked to be able to predict almost every pitch that he threw and were on him from the start of the 1st inning. Unfortunately, their inability to string hits together gave them only 4 runs on the night. It is important to note, however, that many balls hit by the Red Sox, to left field specifically, would have been home runs in Fenway Park. The Red Sox were just getting under balls the entire game.

Clay Buchholz’s performance is almost an embodiment of who he is as a pitcher. One night, he will have electric, top 5 pitcher in the league type stuff, while the next game he will be touched for 7 runs in one inning. Buchholz needs to get it together soon or he will find himself out of a job. It is important to note that this is a contract year for the 30-year-old, who, one would think, would like to get paid.

Another thing to note is the absolute moon shot that was hit by Hanley Ramirez. While not making full contact, Ramirez was able to hit a towering home run to straight away center field and showed again why he is making big money.

After so much hype the entire week, and the great games that occurred on Friday and Saturday, one would have thought that the Red Sox would have come out and tried to deliver a crushing blow early in the season by sweeping the Yankees in The Bronx. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

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