53-34: Dice-K hammered, Sox can’t recover

The Detroit Tigers defeated the Red Sox again yesterday, 6-5, completing a three-game sweep of Boston in the Motor City. Not the prettiest way to enter the All-Star break, but I’m not too worried, as the last two games could have gone either way.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (10-6) has at least three pitches he wishes he had back, as he gave up home runs to Gary Sheffield, Marcus Thames and Carlos Guillen yesterday. Dice-K’s control was off, and he gave up six runs in five innings of work, allowing 10 hits and a walk. The Tigers came out very aggressively against Matsuzaka, swinging on first and second pitches early on. He had allowed just 6 runs total in his previous six starts, and only 1 HR over that period.

To those who said they would start Matsuzaka first if the playoffs started today (yesterday): You’re crazy. As good as he has been lately, he’s still a rookie. Yes, I know he has lots of post-season experience from Japan, and the World Baseball Classic. I would still give the ball to Josh Beckett first, Curt Schilling second, then Matsuzaka.

Mike Timlin came up big, pitching two scoreless innings after a 13-inning marathon the day before which depleted the Red Sox bullpen.

Detroit’s Nate Robertson (5-6) stymied the Sox early, and it was 6-2 after four innings. He had some help in the field, though. The greatest play of the game was a defensive grab by Curtis Granderson in the top of the 4th; Wily Mo Pena hit a long one to deep left center, and Granderson reached over the wall, snagging it in the webbing of his glove. Amazing athleticism from a very good young player. Had he not made that play, this could have been a very different game. Two solo home runs by Jeff Bailey and Julio Lugo in the seventh knocked Robertson out of the game, and the Sox rallied a couple of times, but failed to tie it against Detroit’s bullpen. Lugo had an RBI double in the 8th, but Coco Crisp struck out to end the threat. Then J.D. Drew popped out with the tying run on third in the ninth inning.

Another 18 runners left on base, another frustrating loss. Come on, guys!

Congratulations to Jeff Bailey on your first big league hit! With the All-Star break here, you can be sure that Bailey will be headed back down to Pawtucket.


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