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Buchholz analyzes rough outing

03.31.09 at 3:42 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Clay Buchholz struggled through what was by far his roughest outing of the spring, allowing six runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay, Tuesday. in the last spring training game of 2009  at City of Palms Park. Buchholz, who finished with 95 pitches, allowed homers to Matt Joyce and Gabe Gross while succumbing to a four-run fourth inning.

Buchholz said the Red Sox told him they would let him know of their plans for him following the game. Here is what he said following the start:

“I was sitting at my locker overlooking everything. I don’t think there was one particular thing that was that bad. I left a couple of pitches up, they hit a couple of home runs. Other than that there were a couple of balls just out of the reach that if they get caught there are two outs, but it was just a different scenario in that one inning. It seems whenever I do get trouble its one inning, something happens in an inning and it sort of rolls up. Other than that all the little things I did, I kept pounding the zone. I felt like I threw a good number of strikes to certain fastball hitters with the fastball. Like I said, a couple of hard hit balls that got out and they got a couple of runs. You’re going to have a game like that every now and then so I’ll take this one.”

(Thing can take the most of spring training): Being confident. Coming into spring training I said to myself, ‘OK, I’m confident now’, but I didn’t really know because I hadn’t thrown to any batters at the major league level so it was a little difficult for me to come in and say I was actually ready to go until I got into a game. But as the games started it was definitely being able to throw pitches and not being afraid to throw them in certain situations, like getting behind 2-0 and need to throw a fastball instead of throwing a changeup for a ball and get 3-0. I do believe that has come along really well from a year ago, so I’ve just got to keep building off that.

(Does this diminish strong spring at all): I don’t think so. I can’t be that hard on myself. That’s how I was back when I was little growing up if I had one bad game I thought it was the end of the world. If it could be four good outings, five good outings and one bad outing I’ll take it all year because I believe you’re going to have a handful of bad outings anyway, and this was one of them even if it wasn’t that bad I believe.

(Thinking about earning fifth starter spot): ”That was my goal coming into spring training. If I get sent down I’m just going to take as if it’s out of my power and they have their mind made up because I don’t think I could have pitched any better than I did pitch coming into spring training with all the expectations from last year. I think I did a pretty good job coming into this year. It’s going to be something to see, but whatever happens regardless I’ll still be playing ball and I’ll be up in the major leagues sooner or later.”

(Frustrated by shoddy fielding): ”Last year a lot of that stuff did. I was out there on the mound talking to myself whenever I was pitching to the next batter and that’s how a lot of things got blown out of proportion. Things happen. It’s part of baseball and that’s why guys are so good to pitch at this level because they’re able to get out of those situations like that. If you do that on a regular basis you will be a successful pitcher in this game.”

“I’m confident I’m going to throw the right pitches and throw what I want to throw, and that to me, if I go out there and do what I need to do or what I think I need to do to win games I think it’s going to win on a consistent basis. Just some days the two-seamer wasn’t running near as much today has it has, it was elevated, and some days happen like that. I was really hot out there. It was burning up. Other than that, you have some days like that where the ball is up, it doesn’t move as much, they get solid contact and get runs.”

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