Gomes, Buchholz play key roles in Game 4 win
ST. LOUIS (WHDH) -- Before Game 4, Jonny Gomes was riding the bench and Clay Buchholz was under heavy scrutiny about if he would be able to pitch effectively. However both Sox players came through in the end.
A common refrain among media, coaches, players and even Buchholz himself ahead of Sunday night's outing with the Sox righty dealing with shoulder problems, everyone wondering if Buchholz could deliver. And he did.
Not his best outing, his velocity way down, but he made pitches and put the Sox in a position to win this game, with 4 innings and 0 earned runs.
"He probably would've gone a little longer if it wouldn't have been a great opportunity for Carp, a good matchup, you know the manager chose to pull the trigger there and you know I thought it was a great move," said David Ross.
"Especially on this stage, like I said yesterday I was going to go out and compete and that's what I felt like I did today," said Clay Buchholz.
Jonny Gomes wasn't supposed to start in Game 4, but Shane Victorino was a late scratch putting Gomes into the lineup and he made it count. Gomes put a Seth Maness pitch over the wall.
“I don’t know if I could have any words sum all that up…pretty special moment,” said Jonny Gomes.
His teammates did the kind of play they expect from Gomes and the kind of play we've all grown to expect from this team.
“We go to battle for each other. You've got guys like Jonny Gomes who will run through a wall for a teammate, any teammate and we've got a bunch of those guys in here who care about each other and want to play hard for each other,” Ross said.