Thursday, May 10, 2007

Home Runs And The Daisuke We've Been Waiting For! 22-10....Not Bad!!

The Boston Red Sox continued to get great pitching and for the second game in a row hit 4 home runs, which was more than enough for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Whatever between-starts changes he made to his routine, they helped. He went 7 innings, giving up 5 hits and only 1 run while fanning 8. Now that's more like it! The homers were hit by Julio Lugo, Manny Ramirez, Big Papi and Mike Lowell. Donnelly came in and pitched a clean 8th and Piniero was a slob in the ninth when the game was out of reach. Some closer he would have been. And here is more on Daisuke's change of between-start activities, so different than pitchers in America. Thanks to the Herald from the Hub of the Universe....Boston, for this........

"Daisuke Matsuzaka was already at Rogers Centre, putting himself through a vigorous workout approximately four hours before his start against the Toronto Blue Jays last night.
Coming on the heels of a 109-pitch bullpen session Sunday, the Red Sox [team stats] right-hander threw in the outfield for approximately 25 minutes and ran a series of sprints at full intensity on the empty field - a unique pregame routine for a pitcher about to make a start.
After getting pounded by the Seattle Mariners in his last appearance, it was difficult to determine if Matsuzaka was still searching for a suitable between-starts regimen or if he was simply punishing himself for his five embarrassing innings at Fenway Park last Thursday.
Regardless of his motivation, Matsuzaka’s unconventional tactics seemed to work. He allowed only one run on five hits in seven strong innings to lead the Sox to a 9-3 victory.
The 26-year-old, who was hammered for seven runs in only five frames against Seattle, struck out eight last night, walking three and holding the Blue Jays hitless in three at-bats with runners in scoring."

Peter here. So the Sox, OUR Sox, move to 22-10 and face reeling Toronto's best pitcher, Doc Halladay. Tim Wakefield will oppose him. Click on this post's title for something....I don't know what, but it'll be there. And it is, along with the preceding additional words from the Herald about Daisuke's totally Japanese preparation for a start. Hey, if it works, Diasuke, KEEP DOING IT! We need you so much every 5th day. You're part 3 of our future 3 game winning streaks. And Wakes makes 4! Be well everyone!

5 Comments:

At 5/10/2007 6:59 AM, Blogger laura said...

I had a dream last night that Matsuzaka gave up 8 runs or something in the 9th and we lost it. That's what I call a nightmare.

 
At 5/10/2007 9:10 AM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

Nice game by Dice-K. One thing I like about this guy is his demeanor never changes. He's always very focused on accomplishing the task at hand, whether it's striking out the side or getting out of a bases-loaded jam!
I'm gonna go get me some of that Dice-K formal wear Don and Jerry were advertising last night!

 
At 5/10/2007 3:30 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Good game by Daisuke! I think that Wakefield will have another good game tonight too. Gox Sox!

 
At 5/10/2007 4:25 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Laura, that was a night-marish thingy that your mind cooked up about his LAST start.....you'll be fine! You've always had a great imagination. Oh, hi MCW and Kristin. Boy, our Sox are rolling rolling rolling. Will they need a nurse tonight to combat the Doc guy that's pitchin' for those Jays?? We hope not!!!!!
2 of 3 would be so great, but 3 of 3.....WOW! And you're 3, I'm just one, so I'm outnumbered! But our Sox are molten hot. So I love it when you leave comments, just as I love the way that team from Boston is playing.
Oh, I had to turn on the a/c just an hour ago. Humidity mixed with warmth is almost too warm. Here are your latest instructions....let bake for 37 minutes, take out of the oven immediately and let cool (important!) for 20 minutes. Go into the pool and try to hold your breath for 3 minutes. And then make sure that you surface...swim towards the light!...there WILL be air there.
Until Friday afternoon, when cool Canadian air filters in here in the northern half of Connecticut....overhead and in my face (please!).That sounds great So there will only be one more sticky humid night here. And another Red Sox win? Darn right.....

Have a great night, my friends! Thanks so much.......
Peter, who's writing because you read me! For real!!!

 
At 5/10/2007 4:27 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And thanks to all 3 of you. Always.

 

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