MINNEAPOLIS -- For Clay Buchholz it was more of the same -- not terrible, but not very good either.
Making his second start of the road trip, Buchholz allowed 10 hits and gave up three runs over six innings. Ultimately, he got no-decision in a game the Sox lost in extra innings, 4-3, after rallying from behind to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth.
All three runs off Buchholz came in the third, two on a homer to Chris Parmelee and another on a sacrifice fly to Brian Dozier.
But it wasn't pretty. Buchholz walked three in six innings and never had himself a 1-2-3 inning, and thus, seemingly never settled into a comfortable rhythm.
"Not 100 percent as far as pitches working and velocity and everything,'' concluded Buchholz. "It wasn't the best stuff I've had all year, but I felt like it was good enough. They hit some good pitches, got through the infield and I've been battling that for a couple of starts now. I just have to build off of it.''
"I thought Clay battled,'' said John Farrell. "He made a number of big pitches. (There were a) few base hits, on the ground, through the infield. He left a split up on the plate for a two-run homer by Parmelee in the second inning, but he kept it at that and I thought he made some big pitches with some men on, particularly in the sixth.
"A solid outing on his part today. He gave us a quality start here today.''
However, this was the second start in a row in which Buchholz allowed 10 hits.
"Off the top of my head, out of the 20 (hits in the last two starts), 17 were singles,'' said Buchholz. "Good luck, bad luck, balls getting through the infield...it sucks to give up that many hits, but when I look back at it, it's ground balls when I need ground balls. It's just not in the right spots.''
Either way, he clearly is having difficulty getting into a groove, in part because he often can't trust his split-finger fastball or changeup.
"I didn't throw many of them,'' admitted Buchholz. "I've been doing (without them) all year. I've just got to find a way to find one of them for a time that I'm out there. The changeup is a big pitch for me and to go out there and not use it, it eliminates that one part of my game.''