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Clay Buchholz permits two runs, punches out five over 3 2/3 innings in rehab start

09.05.13 at 7:47 pm ET
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ROCHESTER, NY — Clay Buchholz made his third rehab start (second for Triple-A Pawtucket) on Thursday, which figures to be his final one before he returns to the Red Sox next week — just over three months after he made his last big league start on June 8.

After three dominant, shutout innings to open his outing, Buchholz faltered in the fourth, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. His final line: 3 2/3 innings, four hits, two runs (both earned), two walks, five strikeouts. He threw 51 of 72 pitches (71 percent) for strikes, with nine swings and misses on his full arsenal of pitches. The details:

1st inning (18 pitches, 13 strikes, 2 swings/misses)

Buchholz used all of his pitches, struck out two batters, and induced a weak ground ball in the first inning.

Antoan Richardson: 90-mph fastball outside (ball), 89-mph fastball outside (ball), 90-mph fastball low and away (called strike), 91-mph fastball — Flyout to RF

James Beresford: 91-mph fastball inside (called strike), 77-mph curveball lower part of the plate (called strike), 87-mph two-seam fastball low and outside (called strike) — Strikeout looking

Eduardo Escobar: 91-mph fastball low and away (foul), 92-mph fastball low and away (foul) 92-mph fastball low and away (foul), 87-mph two-seam fastball inside — Soft ground ball past first base for single.

Chris Parmalee: 91-mph fastball low and outside (ball), 91-mph fastball inside (foul), 83-mph change-up (swinging strike), 87-mph two-seam fastball outside (ball), 90-mph fastball outside (ball), 86-mph two-seam fastball (foul), 83-mph change-up low (swinging strike) — Strikeout swinging.

2nd inning (26 pitches, 20 strikes, 4 swings/misses)

Buchholz struggled to put a couple batters away in the second inning, but surrendered just one walk. He improved as the inning went on, finding the strike zone and striking out a batter to end the frame.

Deibinson Romero: 91-mph fastball low (called strike), 79-mph curveball low (called strike), 89-mph fastball — Fly to right field.

Aaron Hicks: 76-mph curveball low and inside (called strike), 87-mph two-seam fastball inside (foul), 84-mph change-up low (ball), 87-mph two-seam fastball up (foul), 91-mph fastball outside (ball), 84-mph change-up inside (foul), 87-mph two-seam fastball (foul), 76-mph curveball low and away (ball), 91-mph fastball low (ball) — Walk.

Eric Farris: 91-mph fastball outside (called strike), 84-mph change-up low and away (swinging strike), 90-mph fastball up (foul), 86-mph two-seam fastball up and away — Shallow fly ball to left field.

Ray Olmedo: 91-mph fastball low and away (called strike), 86-mph two-seam fastball low and inside (called strike), 92-mph fastball inside — Slow ground ball to third base for infield single. Hicks advanced to third.

Eric Fryer: 87-mph two-seam fastball outside (swinging strike), 77-mph curveball low (check swinging strike), 87-mph two-seam fastball in the dirt (ball), 88-mph two-seam fastball down the middle (foul), 92-mph fastball low and away (foul), 92-mph fastball inside (ball), 87-mph two-seam fastball inside (called) — Strikeout looking.

3rd inning (11 pitches, 8 strikes, 2 swings/misses)

This was easily Buchholz’s best inning. He settled in and commanded of all of his pitches, striking out two and inducing a soft ground ball.

Richardson: 89-mph fastball low and inside (ball), 85-mph two-seam fastball inside (called strike), 74-mph curveball away (ball), 82-mph change-up low and away (foul), 76-mph curveball low (called strike) — Strikeout looking.

Beresford: 74-mph curveball outside (ball), 77-mph curveball low (called strike), 87-mph two-seam fastball low and inside — Soft ground ball to first base.

Escobar: 76-mph curveball low and away (called strike), 92-mph fastball inside (swinging strike), 86-mph two-seam fastball low (swinging strike) — Strikeout swinging.

4th inning (16 pitches, 11 strikes, 1 swing/miss)

Buchholz, after settling down for a 1-2-3 third inning, struggled to locate in the fourth inning. He walked a batter and allowed two hits and two runs.

Parmalee: 87-mph two-seam fastball low and away (called strike), 86-mph two-seam fastball outside (ball), 76-mph curveball (called), 90-mph fastball up and in (ball), 90-mph fastball up and away (ball), 86-mph two-seam fastball inside (foul), 74-mph curveball outside (ball) — Walk.

Romero: 76-mph curveball inner third (called strike), 80-mph change-up low and inside (swinging strike), 87-mph two-seam fastball up and in — Double to the gap in left center field. Parmalee scored from first.

Hicks: 91-mph fastball low and away — Pop up to shortstop.

Farris: 76-mph curveball low and on the outer third (called strike), 86-mph two-seam fastball low and inside — Pop up to shallow CF.

Olmedo: 86-mph two-seam fastball low and on the inner third (called strike), 86-mph two-seam fastball outside (ball), 79-mph change-up inside — Single to right field. Romero scored.

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