Last night, the Red Sox had the opportunity to let an opportunistic and hopeful season get away from them. Now, that may sound like an overstatement, but lets put this in to perspective: The Chicago White Sox are one of the hottest teams in baseball and have the best record in the American League. If the Red Sox lost last night, they would have had to rely on Henry Owens to squeak out a win in Chitown. If Owens was not able to get the W, they would have had to go into New York to face an inferior Yankees team, but guys often look at the uniform and not the player.
However, Clay Buchholz had different plans, even though it did not look good early in this game. While he gave up a monster two-run home run to Jose Abreu in the first inning, Buchholz did not let it sway his confidence and dialed in for seven strong innings, while only giving up two runs and striking out six.
The Red Sox offense was stifled to start the game, as they are hitting lefties at a horrific rate to start the season. However, Carlos Rodon is not Clayton Kershaw, and the Red Sox were able to put together five runs led by a mammoth home run from David Ortiz
in the fifth inning.
After Buchholz came out of the game, Koji Uehara was able to sit down the White Sox in order on only 11 pitches. Craig Kimbrel was called in for the ninth and, while he allowed a walk, looked like a pitcher settling in for a great season. According to Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports, since allowing his first blown save of the season, Kimbrel has faced 12 batters, allowing zero hits and striking out six. Not bad.
Fortunately, Clay Buchholz was able to put together his best start of the season, as the Red Sox squeaked out a 5-2 win, jumping over the Baltimore Orioles to go back into first place in the AL East.