Never let it be said the Baltimore Orioles can’t play a meaningful game in September. Tonight, they did the windmill routine for the benefit of Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz, who fired a no-no in just his 2nd Major League start as Boston clobbered the O’s, 10-0.
Buchholz (9 K’s, 3 walks, 115 pitches, 30 hitters faced) showed tremendous poise — and yes, holding the likes of Kevin Millar and Jay Payton hitless does actually count in 2007. But huge credit oughta go to Dustin Pedroia, who robbed Miguel Tejada of an infield hit in the 7th (thus redeeming himself after a slide into first base in the home half of the first — who does Pedroia think he is, Mike Lupica?)
The 23 year old Buccholz hails from Nederland, TX, making him the city’s 2nd most famous resident after singing cowboy Tex Ritter. And yes, I had to consult Wikipedia for that. I also learned that Nederland’s primary exports are clogs, cheese, windmills, bicycles, dikes, legalized prostitution and excellent recordings by the Ivy Green.