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Lucky Buchholz

Unsurprisingly Clay Buchholz has the highest ERA (8.31) of any pitcher with four or more wins. What is surprising is that the lanky right-hander even has four wins.

Buchholz benefited from run support and defense last night. The visitors threatened when Jack Hannahan doubled with one out. Hannahan remained at second when Johnny Damon popped out to Dustin Pedroia. Boston’s razor-thin 2-1 lead was in jeopardy when Jason Kipnis’s liner evaded Nick Punto’s glove. Daniel Nava fielded the ball on one hop and quickly fired to home plate while Steve Smith sent Hannahan home a nanosecond too late. With Variteknique Jarrod Saltalamacchia blocked the plate to prevent Hannahan from scoring the tying run.

Derryl Cousins’s call resulted in Cleveland’s third base coach Smith’s ejection. Funny that Smith’s delayed decision gave him the night off. Perhaps that was his plan.

In the top of the third NESN played “At Fenway” by Brian “the Croonerman”Evans. To damn with faint praise at least it's better than “Gyro Ball.” It’s just not as evocative as the “Tessie” remake by the Dropkick Murphys or as spirited as “Dirty Water.” Perhaps it’s me, but Fenway doesn’t call to mind the big band era. I’m holding out hope that someday State Radio will come out with a Red Sox or Fenway tune. Until then there’s “Knights of Bostonia.”

See all the fun Chad Urmston and crew are having? That is the fun that has been missing from watching the 2012 version of the Red Sox. Every lead seems in peril and every deficit unconquerable. Will they, can they turn it around?

Restless nights, the innocent street
A fist to fight, a summer to keep
We are the knights of junkyard raid
The trusty steed and a summer to save

Game 32: May 11, 2012
Cleveland Indians
L: Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3)
2B: Jack Hannahan (6), Shin-Soo Choo (7)
WinBoston Red Sox
W: Clay Buchholz (4-1)
H: Andrew Miller (1)
H: Franklin Morales (7)
H: Vicente Padilla (4)
S: Alfredo Aceves (6)
2B: Will Middlebrooks (5), Dustin Pedroia (11), Daniel Nava (2), Adrian Gonzalez – 2 (11), Cody Ross (7)

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