Monday, May 05, 2008
DICE-K WALKS AROUND TROUBLE FOR 5TH WIN
Daisuke's pitching line for this game was Jon Lesteresque. 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 109 pitches. Matsuzaka actually had a no-hitter going until the bottom of the 4th with two outs. He pitched around those 8 walks, but he failed to go deep into the game.
I would have liked to see Francona leave Daisuke in there for another inning. The Sox had a 4 run lead to work with, Daisuke was pitching well despite the walks, and the bullpen needs all the help it can get. Daisuke is a physical freak, his arm simply doesn't get tired at 100 pitches like everyone else. It's time to use that to our advantage.
Craig Hansen came in and looked sharp in the 6th. But he struggled mightily in the 7th, forcing Okajima into the game. Hideki allowed a single that scored two runs and made it a 5-3 game. Okajima is carrying a nice 0.64 ERA, but has allowed 8 of 10 inherited runners to score. He only let 4 of 28 score on him last year.
Ortiz and Lowell appear to be getting into the swing of things. Papi was 2 for 4 with an RBI double and a solo homerun. Lowell was 3 for 5 with a single, double, and 2 run homer.
Tim Wakefield goes against Nate Robertson Tuesday night.
AP Photo/Paul Sancya