Matsuzaka Wows Again..HAPPY EASTER
Daisuke Matsuzaka has put together his second straight gem of a start, this time against the LA Angels. He pitched 8 innings and allowed zero runs and only one hit. He was saintlike for the second start in a row. His catcher, Jason Varitek, had these high words of praise for the Japanese pitcher who might have finally put it all together...
"He battled a little bit with his command early, but he was able to still make a completion pitch when he was battling. At other times he was executing pitches beautifully. He had a real good changeup that was able to slow down a lot of bats.”
After the game, he said he tried to use the same method and mind set as his last game, also a one hit wonder. It worked! Here's his third baseman, Kevin Youkilis, who had a great view of Daisuke's efforts...
“He was hitting his spots, and it looked like those guys weren’t feeling comfortable at the plate. When he goes out there and throws strikes and throws it where he wants to and get ahead, that’s what he can do.”
Boston has now won 7 in a row and 4 straight. What a turnaround! Let's hope John Lackey can keep it going this afternoon shortly after 3:30 pm EDT as he faces the 1-0 Palmer. Boston is only one half game behind the second place Toronto Blue Jays and 3.5 behind the often-rained out first place New York club. That's a whole lot better than 1-9. Great job.
Thanks for stopping in on this soon-to-be-warm, then rainy Easter Sunday. Click on this post's title for all the stories and videos of last night's action and as always, BE WELL. GO SOX.