Clay Buchholz might not have had his best performance on the mound Monday night, but another Clay had a shot at redemption and may have earned a bigger spot in the bullpen. Clayton Mortensen was called upon in a tough spot to rise to the challenge and keep the Sox in the game.
Just after Joel Hanrahan gave up a game tying solo home run, Mortensen was called upon in relief of Hanrahan leaving with an injury. Top 9,two outs runner on first and a 1-0 count to Justin Morneau, all he needed was one pitch to retire Morneau on an infield grounder. Clayton went on to earn the win throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings, a hit two walks and a strikeout. After surrendering a walk off hit just a day prior in Texas it was great to see the young pitcher bounce back so strong.
Any reliever should always be ready to go at any point during a game, but with the lead and your closer coming on in the 9th most bullpen guys are calling it a night. Here's Clay Mortensen after the game,
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