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Red Sox Game 47 recap: One outta three ain’t terrible

Highest WPA: Clay Buchholz, .413 (7 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 ER)
Lowest WPA: Jonny “$10 Million Dollar Man” Gomes, -.127 (1-4, HBP, 4 LOB, GIDP)

Last in the American League in walks and on-base percentage, the White Sox drew seven bases on balls in the first two games of this series. That’s an extra walk per game over their season average, which does not speak well of Boston’s pitching. Tonight wasn’t much different, with Clay Buchholz working in and out of trouble (two clean innings in his seven frames). And yet it turned out okay. Clay gets a lot of credit himself, with his ground ball-heavy game resulting in a pair of double plays, but the real shocker was Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

With just one runner thrown out in 265 innings this year, Salty’s not what one might call “good” or “average” or “acceptable.” But somehow, the White Sox managed to run into two outs, with Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios each getting thrown out on steal attempts (the former after a leadoff hit, the latter to end an inning). Lest anyone think I’m being unusually kind to Saltalamacchia, I will note he went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts today and still should not be the primary catcher once David Ross gets healthy. But I’ll take fluke production wherever I can get it.

I’ll also take Koji Uehara celebrating/attacking an unsuspecting Shane Victorino every game of every season.

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