Rolling the Dice for Game 3
Which Daisuke will it be tonight? The guy who fired a 1-0 shutout at the Indians here at the Jake in July or the guy who was wobbly in his first postseason start last week.
Matsuzaka seemed a little cheery at his press conference yesterday. He seemed confident, which is a good sign. He likes to pitch important games, and this is one of them.
Whichever team loses tonight will be feeling it in a big way entering Game 4.
Early game thoughts:
Dice-K looked very sharp in the bottom of the first.
That was a huge missed opportunity by the Red Sox in the second. Garko falls down on the job — literally — on Drew’s grounder to first to give the Sox bases loaded and nobody out and they get nothing? Varitek’s flyout was too shallow to get Manny home. And Coco hits the ball probably in the only spot where he can hit into a double play, right at short, and close to the bag.
Dice-K didn’t look so sharp in the bottom of the second. His 93-mph heater to Lofton was right down Broadway and Kenny knew what to do with it. The ball barely cleared the wall, and J.D. Drew just couldn’t get high enough to bring it back in. 2-0 Tribe. Now that lost opportunity in the top of the second really stings.
And talk about bad luck. Ortiz leads off the fourth with a double and Manny hits a single right on the nose, only it hits Ortiz on the leg on the way to the outfield?
On the plus side, Matsuzaka’s bottom of the fourth looked like his sharpest so far.