BOS 4, LAA 1: Dice is Nice

In his first game back since June 19, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched a surprisingly decent an unagitating outing, as the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California of the United States of North America, 4-1. The multi-million dollar man notched over six shutout innings, giving up only three hits. Unfortunately, he walked just as many batters, but the five strikeouts on 93 pitches were certainly a step in the right direction.

In his first game back since June 19, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched a surprisingly decent an unagitating outing, as the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California of the United States of North America, 4-1.
The multi-million dollar man notched over six shutout innings, giving up only three hits. Unfortunately, he walked just as many batters, but the five strikeouts on 93 pitches were certainly a step in the right direction.
John Lackey kept the Red Sox well contained through his 7.2 innings on the hill, allowing eight hits.
The bunts came up big in the sixth, as Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury’s slaps gave the Red Sox their first two runs of the evening (with a little help from a costly John Lackey throwing error).
David Ortiz added some insurance, as he has a habit of doing, hitting his 24th homerun of the season, pushing him past Frank Thomas for the most homeruns as a DH with 270 (yet another meaningless record for the big man).
The award for the Golden Sake Bomb goes to none other than David Ortiz… because really, don’t we pay Dice-K enough as is?

Next Game: Wed 9/18 vs. LA Angels – Paul Byrd/ Joe Saunders

Categories: Daisuke Matsuzaka David Ortiz Dustin Pedroia Game Recap Jacoby Ellsbury John Lackey Los Angeles Angels

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  1. Bob September 15, 2009 at 10:56 PM #

    I've wondered about this here for a while, but when Dice-K is on it doesn't matter who he walks. He seems to have that unhittable factor, he Ks a ton and doesn't give up hits. assuming a walk is as good as a single, you could say 6 hits in 6 innings for 0 runs and 5 Ks which is a pretty good line

  2. John September 16, 2009 at 5:24 AM #

    He's always going to walk a few people. I wish he would just be more aggressive and go right after people with his stuff, but that's not how most Japanese pitchers like to pitch. As long as he's pitching like he did last night, he can pitch however he wants to.

  3. Minor September 16, 2009 at 5:33 AM #

    Bob, you're right, it's a nice line anyway you slice it. And in regards to the curious tone of the post, Dice-K makes about 8 million a year which is not unreasonable in relative terms. People seem to add in his posting fee as if it's in his bank account.
    Also, I don't find Papi's record meaningless at all. Some so-called baseball purists don't recognize the DH as a legitimate part of baseball. Others make a big deal about steroids while some think Pete Rose committed the ultimate baseball sin. I say screw em' all and congrats to the new DH homerun king.

  4. Gerry September 16, 2009 at 6:54 AM #

    The Sox have the all-time home run leader by a DH. Meaningless? Not. It becomes especially meaningful considering he is approaching 25-30HR and 100RBI this season, after so many 'loyal' fans claimed he was done in June. Show me another DH with a better record!!
    Great point about Daisuke's $8.3MM annual contract, about half what CC or AJ made this year. The $50MM posting fee was in lieu of a trade for Japan's top pitcher. It went to the team that gave him up, and was used in part to refurbish their stadium. There are no trades between the Japanese and American major leagues. If there were, what would the Sox have had to give up to get him? At that time, probably something close to the Halladay or CC offers.
    That $50MM was a product of Boras pitting the Sox against the Yankees. What's new. But that fee not only opened the door for Daisuke, but for Oki, Saito, Tazawa who expressed a desire to play with their native National Treasure. In turn, this nailed down the 2007WS, at least 60 combined wins in the past 3 years, and the postseason in '08 and, we hope, '09. Perhaps as important, all this INSTANTLY made the Red Sox one of the top teams (and sports destinations) in Japan and Asian markets. This has already flowewd over to support of other Boston pro teams and colleges. By 2012, when Daisuke's contract ends, the Sox will have had their choice of many top players from Japan, Taiwan, Australia who want to come here. So, no more about his posting fee. It was money well spent and, economically, a bargain.