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