Two-time All Star Clay Buchholz came into Buffalo today on a rehab start looking to prove to both the Toronto Blue Jays and himself that he was healthy enough to be in the major leagues.
He was able to do that – but wasn’t able to get any run support.
Buchholz took to the mound at Sahlen Field and finished his outing in the Bisons’ 10-2 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits in five innings, and had five strikeouts and no walks on 70 pitches. The five runs didn’t seem to bother him however, as he felt good to go.
“I came out of it healthy and I feel ready,” Buchholz said. “Usually the last thing that comes is being able to throw all my pitches for strikes, and I was able to do that the last three times out.
“I’ve built up enough. Next step would probably be 90-95 pitches. I don’t see a huge deal with that being in the big leagues, but we’ll see what they want to do.”
The RailRiders’ Mike Ford started the scoring with home runs in the first and third inning, Ryan Lavarnway added a homer of his own and Mandy Alvarez hit one out of the park into right-centerfield in the fourth to stake out a 5-0 lead. Eric Sogard hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to put the Herd on the board, but Cliff Pennington extended the lead to 6-1 on an RBI double in the seventh off of reliever Corey Copping.
After Copping was relieved by lefty Danny Young, the Bisons seemed to gain some life when Cavan Biggio hit a solo shot to right-centerfield. After Young’s scoreless appearance though – and subsequent replacement by Zach Jackson – the Herd couldn’t muster any more offense while their opponent did.
Pennington hit a three-run blast to right field to increase the RailRiders’ lead to 9-2 in the ninth and Ford smacked his third home run of the game shortly afterwards – becoming just the third hitter to go yard on the Bisons three times in a game since 1987 and the first since 1998 (Joey Meyer, Gary Bennett).
David Hale got the win for the RailRiders by allowing just one run on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks in just under six innings of work.