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Fresh off a disappointing loss on Sunday against the Orioles, the Red Sox headed to Cleveland to take on another punchless, hapless team in the Indians. This isn’t your father’s Indians. This isn’t the Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, and Roberto Alomar 1,000-run Indians. Hell, this isn’t even the Indians of a couple years ago. This is one sorry bunch. Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka mowed down the Tribe easily on Monday night, dominating them over eight shutout innings in a 4-1 win.
Dice-K ran his own personal scoreless streak to 13.2 innings (by my count). In fact, according to the AP, Dice-K continued “a remarkable run by Boston’s starters on the road. In the club’s last nine games outside Fenway Park, the Red Sox rotation is 8-0 with a 0.70 ERA.” Pretty damn impressive. Maybe the Sox should just move Fenway out of Boston?
Back to the game. Not to take anything away from Dice-K’s masterful performance, but something has to be said about a team that manages only four singles and two walks off Matsuzaka over eight innings. Let’s analyze this “potent” Indians lineup:
The lineup stacks into four categories: (A) Who?, (B) Washed Up, (C) Never Was Good, and (D) Talented
With all that said, Dice-K has still pitched really well as of late (3-1, 1.98 ERA over his last four starts), and looks like he may be rounding into 2008 form. The disastrous 2009 season is a thing of the past. Hallelujah.
Based on how much of a hatchet job I did on the Indians lineup and how much I gushed about Dice-K’s performance, you wouldn’t even know that the Sox stepped to the plate in the game. Scutaro sure did, clubbing three doubles in a 3-4 effort with a walk and two runs scored.
Bard spoiled the Sox shutout bid by allowing a solo HR to Kearns in the ninth. Yes, Bard was pitching in the ninth because Jonathan Papelbon was placed on the bereavement list due to a family emergency.
W: Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-2)
L: Fausto Carmona (4-5)