Clay Buchholz Throws No-Hitter In Second Career Start for the Red Sox
Clay Buchholz pitched a no hitter in his second major league start. This is the first time ever that a Red Sox rookie has thrown a no hitter. Derek Lowe threw the last Boston no hitter in 2002. Clay struck out nine, walked three and hit one batter. In the ninth Corey Patterson hit a line drive to center with one out, but Coco Crisp moved over to catch it. No one stopped cheering until Buchholz appeared on the centerfield scoreboard for a television interview.
Buchholz became the 17th rookie to throw a no-hitter. The last one to do it was Florida's Anibal Sanchez against Arizona last Sept. 6. Clay, who just turned 23, pitched the third no-hitter of the season - following Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox against Texas on April 18 and Justin Verlander of Detroit against Milwaukee on June 12. He is also the third pitcher since 1900 to throw a no hitter in his first or second start. Bobo Hollomon did it in his first start on May 6, 1953, for the St. Louis Browns at home against the Philadelphia Athletics, and Wilson Alvarez did it in his second start on Aug. 11, 1991, for the Chicago White Sox at Baltimore.