NOBODY’S PERFECT

If Bo Derek was a perfect 10, on Monday night Clay Buchholz had to register at 9.9 on the perfection scale.  The 24 year old Texan pitched a complete game, 1 hit shutout on Memorial Day in Louisville Kentucky.  Buchholz faced 28 batters, just one over the minimum.  After setting down the first 24 hitters he saw, Buchholz gave up a single to Danny Richar, leading off the ninth.  Buchholz then retired the final three batters.  His control was impeccable.  So good, in fact, that he reached a 3ball count just once all night.  It was to Michael Griffin in the third.  Buchholz admitted having a case of the nerves late in the game, saying that he felt “The last 2 innings took longer than the first seven.”  Buchholz topped out at 97 miles per hour, according to the in-stadium radar gun.  Clay, who threw a no-hitter for Boston on September 1, 2007 against the Orioles, said he had never been involved in a perfect game.  The nerves trickled all the way down to the radio booth, as I called the action, hoping desparately to witness history.  Bronson Arroyo threw the last PawSox no-no, a perfecto in August of 2003.  It didn’t turn out to be a Vin Scully/Billy Chapel moment like in the vastly under rated baseball movie classice, “For Love of the Game”.  It was ultimately not historic, but man, it was special.

 

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Dusty Brown and Paul McAnulty hit back to back homers in the sixth inning, the first time the PawSox have turned that  trick in 2009.  Brownie also caught Clay’s masterpiece.  I was really digging Dusty’s sunglasses that he wore during our long travel day to Kentucky.  They reminded me of vintage Elvis Presley.  (the older one).

 

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Spotted the Syracuse Chiefs in the Louisville airport Monday.  They were still there six hours after their flight was grounded due to mechanical problems.  They were forced to charter a flight to get home in time for their 6:00 p.m. game with Scranton.  Better them than us.  Every dog has his day.

 

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Also spotted Richard Pitino, a Providence College grad and son of Louisville coach  Rick Pitino at the airport.  The younger Pitino recently accepted a job as assistant coach at Florida under former Friar, and Pitino disciple, Billy Donovan.

1 Comment

It is great to hear the good news about Buchholz!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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