The Sox ended the pre-All Star Break on a good note.
Boston pummeled the Houston Astros 11-0 to take the rubber match in this three game series. Clay Buchholz delivered his best start of the season, and also one of the best of his career. Buchholz would go the distance, allowing only three hits (all singles), walking none, and striking out 12.
On a day when all but three batters collected at least one hit (and five collecting at least two), Brock Holt would stand out the most. Holt went five for six with a home run, one RBI, and two runs scored. He’s now batting .327 for the season.
Other notable offensive performances on the day: Mike Carp continued to be a productive piece since returning from the DL, hitting a two-run triple. Christian Vazquez went two for four with a double and two RBIs. He’s batting .455 since getting called up.
We’ve now reached the All-Star Break and the club is off until they host Kansas City on Friday. They end the first 95 games at 43-52. Perhaps this better play in the last five games is the beginning of a hot streak for this club. If not, it’s still an opportunity for the young talent to show what they can do.