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Red Sox Game 58 Reaction: Mustered up a win

Highest WPA: Xander Bogaerts, .488 (1-4, 2 RBI)
Lowest WPA: Clay “We can call him Suckholz again” Buchholz, -.231 (4 2/3 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K)

Well, that was unexpected.

For most of eight innings, it certainly looked like another loss. But no matter how the team underperforms for any given stretch, you have to respect the ability of that lineup to put together a big inning.

The pitching… well, that’s back to being the question mark. Clay Buchholz was the bad, worthless Clay we have basically resigned ourselves to as being the real thing – despite a solid patch of evidence to the contrary. But yet again, Steven Wright proved my pessimism an overreaction to his control issues and kept Boston in the game. The only bad news? He did so as the first relief appearance since the announcement that he was losing his rotation spot in favor of letting Joe Kelly start every five days.

Yeah, that still makes no sense. But hey, the offense got to the good part of Oakland’s shallow bullpen, and spends another day not falling farther out of contention. Those are good things. And maybe a few more nights of hard contact against Joe Kelly’s fastball will make John Farrell reconsider his allocation of pitching “assets.” Fortunately, we have an Eduardo Rodriguez between us and the next such hitfest.

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