Ice-cold Clay Buchholz (six, runs, 13 hits) struggles badly as Red Sox fall in 11 at frigid Fenway

Mike Petraglia
April 05, 2014 - 7:33 pm
Clay Buchholz was as ice-cold as the elements Saturday night. Back-to-back doubles from Khris Davis and Logan Schafer in the 11th inning off former Brewer Burke Badenhop broke a 6-6 tie and led Milwaukee to its second straight interleague win over the Red Sox, 7-6, Saturday night in a four-hour, 23-minute marathon at a frigid Fenway Park. Francisco Rodriguez struck out the side in order in the 11th to send Boston to its second straight loss at home and drop them to 2-3 on the very young season. The game began just after 7 p.m., with a temperature reading of 48 degrees and a wind chill in the upper 30s. By the 10th inning, Fenway was less than half-full and the temperature had dipped into the upper 30s. Buchholz, the Red Sox starter, allowed a career-high 13 hits and lasted just 4 1/3 innings. The Brewers used two long home runs from Mark Reynolds and Carlos Gomez off Buchholz and clutch hitting to race out to a 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the third. "I missed with a lot pitches and when I did they seemed to put the barrel on it and find some holes," Buchholz said. "Obviously, the couple of home runs they hit were pitches not where they were supposed to be. Just a lot of mistakes that they found holes for. "I felt fine. It took a little bit to get loose. It was pretty cold out there. But other than that, it was just basically missing in the middle of the plate or missing up [in strike zone] and that's where their hits came off of. I don't think I threw one good pitch that was hit, that I look back on and I don't think he should've hit that pitch. That's the way it goes." Buchholz is slated to pitch next Thursday in the Bronx in the opener of a four-game series against the Yankees. "I've been around for a little bit so you can't dwell on your last start," Buchholz added. "To do that, it's probably not going to work out too well for you. Just put in the work that I have to do to get ready for that start against the Yankees." Buchholz was bailed out by his offense and did not figure in the decision. Buchholz, who managed only 72 pitches on the night, didn't allow more than eight hits in any start in 2013 and had never allowed more than seven hits in any game at Fenway. "You don't want to give up that many hits ever," Buchholz said. "But they were swinging early and that's what I want teams to do, I want them to swing, I want them to put balls in play. I have to do a better job of limiting that and obviously putting pitches where I want to. I wasn't able to do that at all tonight, really. That's the way the game goes some times. I have to figure it out before the next time out." The Red Sox, playing without David Ortiz (rest), Will Middlebrooks (right calf) and Mike Carp (back) in the starting lineup, managed to battle back as the Brewers started to self-destruct, namely third baseman Aramis Ramirez and shortstop Jean Segura. With one out, Dustin Pedroia reached on a fielding error by Ramirez. The next batter, Daniel Nava, hit a routine grounder to Segura at short that appeared to be tailor-made for an inning-ending double play. But instead of a 6-4-3 DP, Segura bobbled it and retired only Nava at first. Mike Napoli followed with a rocket to the center field bleachers off Brewers starter Wily Peralta that cut Milwaukee's lead to one, 6-5. The Red Sox used more Milwaukee mayhem in the field to tie the game in the sixth. The Brewers appeared ready to escape a first-and-second, none-out jam when A.J. Pierzynski grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Jonathan Herrera grounded softly to Segura at short. Segura bobbled and couldn't recover as Xander Bogaerts scored from third. The Brewers had their chances in the seventh and eighth to take the lead but squandered each. In the seventh, Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis singled to open the inning off Chris Capuano. But Capuano struck out Logan Schafer for the first out. Capuano was relieved by Brandon Workman, who proceed to fan Mark Reynolds and Scooter Gennett to end the threat. The final out featured a slick scoop in the dirt by Daniel Nava of a throw from A.J. Pierzynski to record the final out. The Brewers then had a chance in the eighth when Jean Segura singled with two outs. He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Pierzynski. But Jonathan Lucroy lined out to Nava, who speared the ball before it landed in right field for the potential go-ahead single. The game also featured a curious non-decision by Brewers manager Ron Roenicke not to challenge an out call on Carlos Gomez at the plate that ended the fourth inning. With the Brewers lead down to one, Gomez and Segura opened the inning with singles. Koji Uehara looked nasty as ever with his splitter in the ninth, striking out the side to give the Red Sox a chance to win in the bottom of the inning. Ortiz made his appearance in the ninth as a pinch-hitter for Jackie Bradley Jr. and grounded into the shift to send the game to extras. Mike Carp came off the bench to play first base in the 10th, as Nava replaced Bradley in right field. Junichi Tazawa relieved Uehara in the 10th. The Brewers posed a threat in the 10th against Tazawa when Gennett doubled to center with one out and Carlos Gomez worked a two-out walk. Segura then struck out swinging but the pitch got away from Pierzynski, allowing Segura to reach first on a wild pitch, loading the bases for Lucroy. But Lucroy flew out to Nava in right for the final out, as the Red Sox escaped.