Clay Buchholz had another shaky start last night in Baltimore. (AP Photo)
The Red Sox five game win streak was snapped as they lost 4-1 to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards last night. Clay Buchholz (1-3) gave up a career high in hits allowed with 12 total, and saw his ERA balloon to 5.33 on the season. Buchholz has taken the hill five times for the Red Sox in 2011, and is now 0-5 when it comes to having quality starts, as pointed out by Ian Browne on Twitter. Of all the Red Sox starters, Clay's off to the slowest start, and you hope that he can start to turn it around and build off of the brilliant year he had in 2010. With all the attention that's being paid to Jason Varitek calling "good" games and handling pitchers more affectively than Salty this year, ESPN's Gordon Ede's pointed out that Clay may actually be missing Victor Martinez more than anything. Martinez caught 27 of Clay's starts last season and the hemp necklaced righty sported a 2.13 ERA in those starts. As Gordo point's out, it's too early to take true stock in those numbers, but at the least, it's an interesting stat.
For as bad as Clay pitched last night, he did end up walking in-between the raindrops, and having him only give up four runs was somewhat of a victory given the base runners the Orioles had throughout the night. The Red Sox bats couldn't cash in on their opportunities as well, which is a reoccurring theme for 2011, as they left a total of eight runners on base compared to Baltimore's 11. The last two Red Sox losses have come directly after cross country flights, not sure if that really has anything to do with the actual loss or not - but it is something to note.
Operation .500 will have to be placed on hold for a couple more days at least, and with a long homestand looming for the Sox I have faith they'll be able to get there and beyond. Cy Beckett takes the mound tonight for Boston, hopefully with some run support behind him.