Buchholz settles down as Red Sox beat Twins 11-5
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP)—Clay Buchholz(notes) overcame early shakiness to go 4 2-3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks as the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 11-5 on Sunday.
“I thought he did a great job of adjusting,” said manager Terry Francona.
Buchholz gave up all the hits and runs—including a two-run homer to Joe Mauer(notes), his first of the spring—in the first two innings before settling down. He threw more than half his 87 pitches in those two innings.
The right-hander said the problems—and adjustments—were more mental than mechanical.
“Just not really thinking, thinking about results before they even happened,” said Buchholz. “If you’re thinking negatively and throwing a pitch, it’s hard to think about all that stuff and executing a pitch right.”
“I’d like to see myself go out there and be more consistent,” Pavano said. “It’s just one of those times where I didn’t find it. I didn’t make the adjustments that I needed to. I kind of fought myself a little bit.”
Dustin Pedroia(notes), Victor Martinez(notes), and Kevin Youkilis(notes)—Boston’s 2, 3, and 4 batters—combined to go 9 for 9 with seven runs scored and four RBI. David Ortiz(notes) added a three-run home run.
“That was a good day,” Francona said. “(The offense has) been spotty because we’ve had road trips or we haven’t had guys playing. But it’s still nice to see. We had a couple innings there where we made Pavano work, and we kept things moving.”
“They banged the ball around pretty good,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Early in the game, we were beating it around pretty good, too. We just didn’t pitch good. But we had a lot of people get their work in, and that’s good stuff.”