Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dice-K Comes Up Huge

Admit it, you thought Dice-K would last about 4 innings and would give up 5 runs tonight. Matsuzaka proved everybody wrong and pitched a great game at the Fens tonight.  In 6 scoreless innings he gave up just 3 hits and struck out 5.  RR, Wagner, Bard, and Paps went the rest of the way.  Papelbon looked a little shaky and gave up one run but in the end he shut down the Angels.

The game was tied at 0-0 until the 6th when the Red Sox took the lead on a throwing error by John Lackey.  Ells and Big Papi each had 2 hits in the game.

With the dominating performance by Dice-K tonight, the Red Sox suddenly have the best rotation in baseball.  Going into the playoffs with Beckett, Lester, Buchholz, and Dice-K all pitching well could spell trouble for any team standing in their way.

After the game Matsuzaka talked about how he was feeling:
"On the road back I've been a burden on my teammates more than anything, and I feel that I owe them."

 The Rangers lost again so the Red Sox now lead the wild-card race by 5.5 games.

Red Sox Win 4-1 BOX SCORE


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2 comments:

dave,  September 15, 2009 at 9:05 PM  

RE: best rotation in baseball- you left out Wake. Even if he's only pitching once evey 10 days, he's hot this year. And if we get the high flyin' Byrd, and not the road kill Byrd, then this rotation is virtually unbeatable! Follow the starters with the best pen in in the biz and that adds up to OCTOBER!

Shelley September 16, 2009 at 10:17 AM  

Our rotation. Ah. The rotation. We went from having huge problems...gaping hopes...not sure if it can hold us on until the post season....to the best rotation in baseball.

What a great outing from Dice-K will do to answer a lot of nagging questions. Add in Beckett returning to form...and Lester and Buch putting on their best ace impressions....and yeah, that is QUITE a rotation to bring us to October and beyond.

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