Mazz: Buchholz 'gave them what they needed'

Mazz: Buchholz 'gave them what they needed'
October 28, 2013, 1:00 am
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The Red Sox found out early on in Game 4 that they wouldn’t get much out of Clay Buchholz, but it was enough.

Buchholz pitched four innings and allowed only one run even though he was not at 100 percent.

Gary Tanguay and Tony Massarotti broke down Buchholz’s performance on Playoff Central.

“He wasn’t thrilled to be out there, let’s face it,” Tanguay said. “He didn’t look like he wanted to be there. He didn’t look like he had the confidence to be there. But, you know what, he pitched great.”

Pitching well in relief for the Red Sox was Felix Doubront, who went 2 2/3 innings giving up only one hit and a run. Doubront’s ability to shut down the Cardinals’ lineup was a key difference in the game and it might give him an opportunity to start if the series goes seven games.

“I think everybody is going to be able to pitch Game 7,” Massarotti said. “All hands on deck. And that’s how you have to approach it. Now, who starts it, I think you make that determination depending on how the next couple of games go, assuming there is a seventh.”