13 july 2014
In their last game before the All-Star break, the Red Sox will close out a three-game set against the Astros by sending Clay Buchholz to the hill against Brad Peacock.
Buchholz (3-5, 6.11 ERA) was solid in his last outing against the White Sox on Monday, surrendering four runs and fanning seven batters over seven innings of work. While Buchholz made two mistakes in a three-run home run from Dayan Vicideo and a solo shot from Adam Dunn, the righty finished strong, retiring the last 10 batters he faced.
“If you’re not looking at the line, or winning and losing pitcher, that’s the best I’ve felt,” Buchholz said after the game, which the White Sox won by a score of 4-0. “The most crisp. Curveball, changeup finally came in the last three innings I was out there. That’s as close to last year as I felt.”
Buchholz has only faced off against Houston once in his career, allowing just two earned runs and striking out 10 over 7 2/3 innings on April 25, 2013.
Peacock (3-5, 4.30 ERA) earned a win for the first time since June 5 during his last outing Tuesday on the road against the Rangers, allowing six hits and two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. It was only the second time this season that Peacock did not walk any batter in a start. The Astros have won five of the last eight games in which the Florida native has started.
“Peacock did a good job attacking the strike zone,” Astros manager Bo Porter after the Tuesday’s win. “I felt like with the heat here, it’s tough when you come in here and you’re not used to pitching in this element. I feel like you have to watch the guys close as far as their stuff leaving them.”
In his only career start against Boston on April 27, 2013, Peacock only lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five earned runs in what was a 8-4 Red Sox victory.