Clay Buchholz tossed eight strong innings, surrendering two earned runs on six hits, while striking out four. Saturday marks the second-straight outing for Buchholz, which ended with the Red Sox starter earning a no-decision.
After starting the season off with a stellar 6-0 record, Buchholz hasn’t been able to earn a victory since being accused of cheating. During his seventh game of the season against the Minnesota Twins, the 28-year-old tossed six innings, giving up four runs and striking out nine. Although the Red Sox came up on top, Buchholz was left without the win.
Buchholz has still been the best starter for the Red Sox this season and will continue to be. He has tossed at least six innings in all of his eight starts this season and at least eight in three games, including Saturday afternoon. He has not allowed more than four earned runs and has punched out 10 or more batters twice.
If Buchholz can continue to pitch this well for the remainder of the season, it would be no surprise if he was adding a Cy Young Award to his trophy case. He will need a team effort to earn another World Series for the Red Sox, on top of his stellar performances.
The Red Sox complete the three-game series against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. eastern time from Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.