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!