Saturday, March 03, 2007

Daisuke OK...All Systems Go For Tuesday

After a lead off double down the leftfield line, it was smooth sailing for Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. From the Courant...

"Matsuzaka threw 25 pitches, 19 for strikes. He threw 15 fastballs, all ranging between 91 and 93 mph, except for one at 94 to Joe Ayers leading off the second. Matsuzaka threw five sliders, two curveballs, two changeups and a splitter.
"He did very well," catcher Jason Varitek said. "He did all of the above, as expected."

Peter here. The fact that he got out of a first inning jam was nice, too. His first real test against big league batters? Tuesday against the Marlins in Jupiter. NESN, TV please?
In the earlier game, the Toronto Blue Jays needed 10 innings but defeated the Sox 9-6. The Red Sox had tied the game at 6 in the bottom of the ninth, but this being early spring training, no big bullpen guns (do we have any?) were brought in for the Sox. The scores are not important at this stage of the preseason. It's the conditioning and the avoidance of injuries. And on those fronts the Boston Red Sox are A-OK.

7 Comments:

At 3/03/2007 11:38 AM, Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

i don't know that Matsuzaka getting out of that jam showed what he can do against big league batters since the game was against Boston College, but i was happy to see it didn't rattle him that the first pitch he threw was hit. i am taking this into consideration though: the pitchers are throwing a lot of fastballs right over the plate to start out & the kid at the plate knew that. when they interviewed him, he said he knew the first pitch would be a fastball & he was swinging to hit it. he was right on all counts. i can't wait to see what Matsuzaka does against an actual major league opponent!

 
At 3/03/2007 11:39 AM, Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

oops. i misread you. lol. i thought you said *that* was his first real test against big leaguers. ::smacks forehead:: sorry about that!

 
At 3/03/2007 11:54 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

That's OK...you're still my hero for getting my blog back to English! And no, I don't think the first batter EVER heard Daisuke say that. But it doesn't matter.

 
At 3/03/2007 1:31 PM, Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

no, the batter didn't hear anybody say it. he just said that he expected the first pitch to be a fastball, because that's what all the pitchers have been starting with. it was an educated guess on his part. he expected a fastball & planned to swing. he was right & he connected. i think that was a fair guess for him to make, considering that all our pitchers have throan a fastball for their first pitch!

 
At 3/03/2007 1:43 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

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At 3/03/2007 1:44 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And this is old news, as of three weeks ago! I still love your comments! So, thank you!

 
At 3/03/2007 1:50 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

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