Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 6/26/13
On August 17, 2007, the Boston Red Sox sent a 23 year old right handed pitcher to the mound by the name of Clay Buchholz, a first round draft pick in 2005, to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Buchholz had a decent debut outing, pitching six innings and allowing three runs in an 8-4 victory. In his second career start, facing the Baltimore Orioles, Buchholz pitched a no-hitter, striking out nine and walking three in the historic outing. Buchholz would make two more appearances in 2007, one in relief, and gave the Red Sox Nation some hope of a strong front-line rotation pitcher for the coming years. However, some struggles in the Majors over the next two years pushed him between the Majors and Minors. Buchholz came back to form in 2010, winning 17 games and posting a 2.33 ERA, to go along with a league-leading ERA+ of 187, striking out 120 in 173.2 innings, good enough to place 6th in the Cy Young award voting that season as well as an All-Star selection. Unfortunately for Buchholz,
PLAYERS: Clay Buchholz
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
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