Four Bases: Rays 0, Red Sox 5

What do you consider hot? Do you think buffalo chicken wings are hot? Do you think Tabasco sauce is hot? Do you think banana peppers are hot?

Well I’ll tell you who’s hot right now. Clay Buchholz is on fire, almost as if every pitch he throws cuts the air. John Farrell said that Buchholz needed some adjustments, but he had to have made more than just a few.

The Red Sox have now won their third out of four series so far this year. Here are the four bases:

First Base: Hey Clay! What a day! The no-hitter bid was great, and so was the eight-inning effort. But the strikeouts? Man oh man. The 11 strikeouts in eight frames does not even tell the whole story. In the first half of the outing, he struck out eight batters in four innings. He has just given up one run in his 21 innings, a 0.41 ERA, and also now has 23 strikeouts.

Second Base: Just like Fireworks. Dustin Pedroia came into the game today with only two hits in 16 at bats, but the laser show’s three hits ramped up the show once again, giving the folks a nice finale to their week. Pedroia now is hitting .333, although he has yet to go deep.

Third Base: Shane Victorino‘s bunt single was the Red Sox’s 15th infield hit on the season, the most by any team in 2013. The Red Sox have a .337 batting average on balls in play, which is a little above average, and those 15 infield hits are definitely the reason why.

Home Plate: Many came out and said that Mike Napoli‘s swing was “perfect” for Fenway Park since he is a pull hitter. Napoli has countered that misnomer so far; his hit chart shows that he has hitting the ball to center field a lot more, and the other way in other ballparks, which is not a bad thing. His two run double in the third inning can attest to that.

Beyond the diamond… David Ortiz was scratched from today’s game with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Reports are that it was not due to his ankle, but rather due to an illness… Joel Hanrahan was not available to pitch today due to a hamstring injury, according to ESPN Boston. Andrew Bailey would have closed if there was a save chance available. Hanrahan is day-to-day.

(Photo Courtesy of David Butler II / USA Today)

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