22-10: Matsuzaka in control again

Matsuzaka dealsDaisuke Matsuzaka (4-2) managed to avoid his usual problem inning, even when going from the stretch, and pitched a very strong seven innings, downing the Blue Jays 9-3. Matsuzaka has been working on pitching from the stretch, and it seems like his diligence has paid some dividends. He was able to cruise through seven innings without any major control problems, giving up just one run on 5 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 8 batters.

The lineup seems to be putting it all together, as they scored 9 runs and hit 4 HR for the second consecutive night. This time it was Julio Lugo, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and Mike Lowell who went yard for the Sox. Lowell has been on fire in recent weeks, and is now hitting .305/.364/.534 on the year. This is welcome added production from a veteran that many didn’t expect to contribute much at the plate. Lowell started off hot in 2006 also, but cooled off in June and ended with a mediocre (for him) offensive year.

Dustin Pedroia eked out two more hits, making it four multi-hit games in a row for the youngster. He just keeps playing better and better, and I think he will be a good ballplayer for years to come.

Is the curse of the Red Sox 5th spot in the lineup catching up to J.D. Drew? While he still got on base with two walks, Drew’s 0-3 night means he’s 5-45 since his last multi-hit game on April 22nd. His average has sunk down to .248 for the season.

On the other side, Lyle Overbay, one of the most underrated first basemen in baseball, hit two homers for the Jays, and Alex Rios went 4-4 on the night. Vernon Wells’ bat has been uncharacteristically silent this series.


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