Sunday's Red Sox-Tigers ALCS matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Max Scherzer

October 13, 2013 - 7:28 am
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In the ALDS, Clay Buchholz, who posted a 1.74 ERA in the regular season, had to wait until Game 3 to take the mound against the Rays. But Buchholz will start Game 2 of the ALCS vs. Max Scherzer and the Tigers at Fenway Park on Sunday night. The righty threw six innings Monday in Game 3 and allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in a 5-4 loss at Tropicana Field. Boston took the series in four games. Buchholz shut out Tampa Bay through the first four innings of the start. But in the fifth inning, he experienced a significant hiccup when third baseman Evan Longoria launched a three-run home run to tie the game. Buchholz went one more inning and Boston eventually lost on a walk-off home run by Jose Lobaton off Koji Uehara. "Yeah, he did an awesome job tonight," Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of Buchholz after the game. "Longoria is a great hitter and we've gotten him on that changeup before in the past, and we got him the at-bat before that. Not that he was sitting on it, I don't think, but I think the pitch just kind of went right down into his swing and he was able to get it out of the park as well." Manager John Farrell opted for John Lackey over Buchholz in Game 2 of the ALDS, mainly because of Lackey'€™s extreme home/road splits. But Lackey struggled in the Oct. 5 start. He allowed four runs and 10 hits plus walks in just 5 1/3 innings in Boston'€™s 7-4 Game 2 win at home. None of Buchholz'€™s 16 regular-season starts this season came against Detroit. Scherzer followed a breakout regular season -- he won an MLB-high 21 games, and usurped Justin Verlander as the team'€™s ace -- in the Tigers'€™ five-game ALDS vs. Oakland. The six-year pro earned two of Detroit'€™s three wins, one coming in a gutsy relief outing just four days after notching a Game 1 victory. Facing elimination in Game 4, Scherzer entered a 3-3 game and allowed a run in his first inning of work. The Tigers took the lead back the next inning. Scherzer came out for a second inning and instantly found himself in a massive bind. Oakland loaded the bases with zero outs. Manager Jim Leyland stuck with Scherzer, despite three lefties due up, and Scherzer rewarded him. He struck out Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt, then got Alberto Callaspo to line out to center field. From that inning on, the Tigers never relinquished the lead. In Game 1 on Oct. 4, Scherzer dominated the Athletics. He struck out 11 batters in seven innings, and allowed just two runs and three hits. Scherzer made a pair of starts against Boston this season. He allowed just two runs in seven innings in both starts, as he won a June 22 start at Comerica Park, but took a tough-luck loss on Sept. 3 at Fenway. Tigers vs. Buchholz (RHP) Torii Hunter (28 plate appearences): .167/.286/.250, 2 doubles, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts Miguel Cabrera (25): .238/.320/.333, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Austin Jackson (21): .263/.333/.526, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts Jhonny Peralta (19): .294/.316/.412, 2 doubles, 7 RBIs, 4 strikeouts Alex Avila (11): .375/.545/.625, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 1 strikeout Omar Infante (9): .250/.333/.500, 1 triple, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Prince Fielder (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Victor Martinez (6): .000/.000/.000 Ramon Santiago (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Andy Dirks (5): .400/.400/1.000, 1 HR, 1 RBI Don Kelly has one single in three plate appearences. Brayan Pena, Jose Iglesias and Hernan Perez have not faced Buchholz. Red Sox vs. Scherzer (RHP) David Ortiz (18): .467/.556/1.133, 3 HRs, 1 double, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (17): .235/.235/.588, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 strikeouts Mike Napoli (14): .077/.143/.077, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (12): .556/.667/1.000, 1 HR, 1 double, 5 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout Jarrod Saltalamacchia (12): .417/.417/.667, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 4 strikeouts Stephen Drew (12): .182/.250/.364, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts Shane Victorino (10):.200/.200/.300, 1 double, 3 strikeouts Daniel Nava (10): .111/.200/.111, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Mike Carp (9): .250/.333/.250, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Will Middlebrooks (6): .167/.167/.167, 2 RBIs, 4 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (6): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts David Ross (5): .250/.400/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk Xander Bogaerts and Quintin Berry have not faced Scherzer.

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