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A’s Beat Sox in Extra Innings

Adding to the growing list of reasons to radically change the World Baseball Classic, Red Sox starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was horrible in his second start of the season. To make matters worse, Dice-K left the game after just one inning due to arm fatigue.

The Sox hitters built a 3-0 first inning lead, but Dice-K gave it all back and then some, allowing five runs in the first inning on five hits and two walks. Despite their recent slumping trend, the Sox tied the game 5-5 in the fifth inning, and neither team scored until 12th inning.

With Javier Lopez on the mound and a runner on third with two outs, Travis Buck hit a weak ground ball up the middle. Dustin Pedroia made a good play getting to it, but he failed to beat Buck at first base with his throw and the game was over. The Athletics beat the Sox again 6-5.

Sox Stud of the Game

Justin Masterson, RP: It would be easy to put Kevin Youkilis (2-5, 1 RBI) here once again, but I want to recognize Masterson for his efforts. He did exactly what a mop-up man is supposed to do. After the wheels fell off the bus for Dice-K in the first inning, Masterson pitched four scoreless innings to keep the Sox in the game. After getting five hits in the first inning, the A’s managed only two hits against Masterson and struck out six times.

Sox Dud of the Game

Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP: It’s easy to pick on Dice-K, and for good reason. He allowed five runs on five hits and two walks in one inning pitched. What does that equate to? Just an ERA of 45.00 and a WHIP of 7.00. Yes, that usually will not get it done.

Game Notes

W – Sean Gallagher (1-0)
L – Javier Lopez (0-1)

  • David Ortiz finished 0-5 with one walk, dropping his batting average to .172.
  • The 4-5-6-7 hitters (Youkilis, J.D. Drew, Jason Bay, Mike Lowell) went 9-21 with four runs scored and five RBIs.
  • Only two regulars are hitting over .300: Youkilis (.500) and Bay (.320).

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3 comments for “A’s Beat Sox in Extra Innings”

  1. A’s Beat Sox in Extra Innings: Adding to the growing list of reasons to radically change the World Baseball Clas..

    Posted by Sports of Boston | April 15, 2009, 8:44 am
  2. 45 ERA is much better than a 72 ERA from Wang.

    Posted by Dave | April 15, 2009, 11:46 am
  3. [...] The Red Sox bullpen combination of Justin Masterson, Manny Delcarmen, pickup of the year Ramon Ramirez (so far), Hideki Okajima, and Jonathan Papelbon combined for 10 innings of shutout relief as the Red Sox tied the game and pushed it to extra innings. Unfortunately, the losing streak was extended as Javier Lopez walked three batters while recording two outs and allowed an infield single as the A’s claimed a 6-5 victory. [...]

    Posted by Red Sox Sweep Orioles to Win First Series of Season | Sports of Boston | April 20, 2009, 6:07 pm

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