BOS 12, CLE 7: The Long and Winding Win

It may not have been the way that Clay Buchholz wanted to head into the post season, but a win is a win in professional sports, as the Red Sox took their 95th win of the season off of the Cleveland Indians, 12-7, on Sunday. Buchholz only lasted three innings, but the run support was there in droves, as J.D. Drew clocked two, Jed Lowrie belted a grand slam, and Alex Gonzalez made sure that everyone knew he was doing just fine with another home run, just to name a few.

Some serious bombs were dropped on Fenway Park on Sunday, as the Red Sox finished out the regular season with a 12-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians. It was not Clay Buchholz’s best, as the ALDS game three starter got touched up for five hits and six earned runs.

Buchholz’s efficiency was a major concern, throwing seventy pitches in only three innings. It was Big Play Clay’s second shaky start, forcing the Red Sox to go to their bullpen five times, including a reach to Michael Bowden that resulted in his first Major League win.

For the third straight year, the Red Sox secured a 95-win season, thanks to some long ball assistance from a few unlikely faces. In his first game back, J.D. Drew belted two homers, while Alex Gonzalez officially shook off the shot to the wrist that he suffered earlier in the week with his eighth homer. Dustin Pedroia notched his fifteenth on the year, while Jed Lowrie made his second of the year really count, with a two-out grand slam in the 6th inning.

Tonight’s “Three Straight 95-Win Seasons… You’re Welcome” Award goes to Terry Francona. With a severely battered team, the skipper still finds a way to do it again, and again, and again… Thank you sir.

Categories: Alex Gonzalez Boston Red Sox Clay Buchholz Cleveland Indians Dustin Pedroia Game Recap J.D. Drew Jed Lowrie

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  1. Mike Silver October 5, 2009 at 12:04 AM #

    Agreed.

    I think the best thing about the game was seeing A-Gon hit that home run. Going from Gonzalez to Lowrie, or, don't even say it… Chris Woodward, would have been a huge blow to the Sox playoff chances.

    With a wrist fracture scare, it's great to see some power as that's the major concern with these injuries. While he's not completely out of the woods yet as there must be some soreness and lingering affects in his wrist, this is a great sign going forward.

  2. Kelly O'Connor October 5, 2009 at 11:15 AM #

    It may have been Bowden's first win in 2009, but he earned his first major league win in his debut last year.