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Immaculate Inning

In the sixth inning Clay Buchholz threw nine pitches and all were strikes. It was the 47th time this has happened in the major leagues and Buchholz was the 44th pitcher to accomplish this amazing feat. John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino were suitably impressed.

They seem a bit peeved. Perhaps Adrian Gonzalez put them over their text message limit.

Buchholz joined Pedro Martinez as the only Red Sox pitchers to have an immaculate inning. Buchholz’s instance seems more impressive in comparison to Martinez’s as it came in the last third of the game against the fourth, fifth, and sixth hitters Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, and Chris Davis. Martinez struck out Ichiro Suzuki, Mark McLemore, and Ruben Sierra in the first inning on May 18, 2002. That team featured an infield of Shea Hillenbrand, Jose Offerman, and Rey Sanchez with Grady Little at the helm. They ended the season 93-69 but were edged out by the Anaheim Angels for the wild card.

I would have never thought that I would like that team more than this season’s version.

Game 119: August 16, 2012
WinBoston Red Sox
6 W: Clay Buchholz (11-3)
S: Alfredo Aceves (24)
2B: Carl Crawford (9), Cody Ross (24), Dustin Pedroia (25), Scott Podsednik (4), Adrian Gonzalez (37)
Jacoby Ellsbury (14)
Baltimore Orioles
3 L: Luis Ayala (4-4)
2B: Adam Jones (29), Manny Machado (2), Nate McLouth (6)
HR: Mark Reynolds (12)

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