Buchholz fans side in sixth on nine pitches
Righty is first Red Sox pitcher to accomplish feat since Pedro in '02
BALTIMORE -- With a swift flurry in the bottom of the sixth inning during the Red Sox's 6-3 win against the Orioles on Thursday, Clay Buchholz proved just how unhittable he is when he is at the top of his game.
Buchholz threw nine pitches in the inning -- all strikes. And just like that, Adam Jones (looking), Matt Wieters (looking) and Chris Davis (swinging) all struck out.
It marked just the 47th time in Major League history that a pitcher struck out three batters on nine pitches in an inning. And Buchholz can't even put a finger on when he's done it before at any level.
"Oh, I didn't even know that was the case," Buchholz said. "Probably not since junior college."
If Buchholz was too caught up in the moment to notice his feat, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine happened to realize exactly what had taken place.
"Gosh, that sixth inning, he was like a man possessed," said Valentine. "He was a great competitor, a great pitcher tonight."
The last Boston pitcher to strike out three batters on nine pitches was Pedro Martinez on May 18, 2002, against the Mariners at Fenway Park.
"[Buchholz has] got multiple pitches," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "He got a lot of pitches over tonight. Once he established he could throw a lot of them over the plate, it made it a little tougher."