One step forward, two steps back
In somewhat of a recurring theme, just when it seemed Daisuke Matsuzaka might be gaining some momentum, he stumbled.
His last start was one of the best of his career. In that one, Dice gave up three hits and a run over seven innings, walking none and striking out nine.
How does he follow that up? By giving up five runs in the first inning tonight against the Yankees. He has settled down nicely the last couple of innings, but Matsuzaka has to learn how to avoid that one big inning that always seems to haunt him if he’s going to be the guy the Red Sox need him to be.
The righty has been living on the edge quite a bit, but that came back to haunt him tonight as his 0-for-24 stretch with the bases loaded — which dated all the way back to Sept. 8, 2007 — ended with A-Rod’s two-run single in the first.