Game 127 – Red Sox
Devil Rays 2, Red Sox 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka, it appears clear now, is not Irish. Nor does he own any rabbit’s feet or carry upside-down horseshoes. The Devil Rays hit one ball hard against him last night, and that ball off the bat of B.J. Upton landed in the right-field bleachers to plate Tampa Bay’s only runs of the game. Matsuzaka went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, and took yet another hard-luck loss.
Meanwhile, Matsuzaka’s teammates were in the process of hitting a half-dozen “at-‘em” balls, getting thrown out at the plate, failing to deliver in clutch situations, and generally not supporting their pitcher, who lost for the third time this season to the Rays. The Sox are 9-0 when anyone not from Japan starts against Tampa, and 0-3 in Matsuzaka’s outings.
Maybe he’ll take the mound as Danny O’Malley in his next start.