The first inning of this afternoon’s game did not start out well for Clay Buchholz and the Boston Red Sox at all. In Toronto to face the Toronto Blue Jays, the bottom of the first saw the Blue Jays jumping out to an early 3-0 lead over the Red Sox, as Buchholz struggled with his control immensely.
The first batter of the game Buchholz saw was Jose Reyes, whom he proceeded to walk on four straight pitches, then gave up a single to the next batter Melky Cabrera, moving Reyes from first to third. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Blue Jays third hitter Jose Bautista would single in Reyes, making it 1-0 Blue Jays, and moving Cabrera from first to third. Buchholz, obviously struggling to hit his spots, got worse with the Blue Jays cleanup hitter, Juan Francisco, as Buchholz would throw a wild pitch scoring Cabrera, making it a 2-0 Blue Jays lead. Buchholz would end up striking out Francisco but would surrender a third run, giving the Blue Jays an early 3-0 and looking like this would be a short outing for Buchholz and a long game for the Red Sox.
However, after giving up three hits and three earned runs in the bottom of the first, Buchholz would settle down tremendously and get in the groove. Buchholz’s next six innings would consist of only allowing three hits and no runs. He would finish his outing going seven innings, throwing 105 pitches, and only allowing three earned runs and six hits, with all three runs and 3 of those hits coming in his erratic 1st inning.
Buchholz’s ability to settle down and pitch pretty lights out after the first inning allowed the Red Sox to come from behind and win by a final score of 7-6, giving Buchholz his first win of the season, improving his record on the season to 1-2.
What started out looking like a very long game from a Red Sox standpoint, with Buchholz falling to 0-3, turned out to be a great game for the Red Sox and an impressive turn around and victory for Buchholz. Hopefully this win can turn the defending World Series Champion’s season around, who even with the win this afternoon are still currently under the .500 mark.