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Matsuzaka Suffers Tough Loss

By: Ira H. Perkins IV

  • I would first like to thank The Boston Globe for compiling and publishing a list of regional NESN Plus broadcasts for most areas within New England. They made it possible for me to find and sit through what I thought was a good game in the first five innings of baseball. Which brings me to the point of my post game report. Matsuzaka threw a solid game tonight.

  • His performance through the first two innings were shaky. He allowed three runs in that period but would serve up "goose eggs" for the next three. I have been critical of this big league pitcher since his post WBC collapse. For right now I will give him some much deserved credit even though he took tonight's loss.

  • The one thing Matsuzaka did extremely well tonight after settling down was just that. He settled down. I thought he was getting squeezed to some extent and that cost the club some strike outs. When he allowed himself the ability to challenge hitters he was effective. His velocity was not there which suggested to me he located his pitches at spots. It was a close portrait to the Matsuzaka that I grew to appreciate when he first arrived from Japan.

  • It was a one run differential when he was pulled and could have easily been that first win Red Sox Nation is so eagerly anticipating. Tonight's relief performance by Dennys Reyes made me madder than a hornet. Those who saw him walk a batter and hit another also saw him walk the number nine hitter who was simply attempting to move the runners over with a bunt. The potential for that out was not even conceived. That folks resulted in a bases-loaded situation.

  • Did it help that Dan Wheeler gave up a big home run? Not in the slightest but that accounted for one run charged to him. The other three belonged to Reyes. Notably, had those runs not gone onto the score card it would have been our game to lose after Gonzalez hit a two run shot. Which would have come down to a nail-biting ending given the long ball given up by "Wake" potentially knotting things up.

  • I agree and noticed early on that batters left on base was an issue in this game and would have been "the" issue had it not been for a poor outing early into relief. So it goes there are still a number of issues that need to be hammered out. With one game left with "The Tribe" before the home opener maybe just maybe we can see things fire in succession and pick up a game.


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