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Daisuke Matsuzaka surrenders four runs in season debut

Jun 10, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

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Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s first start back from Tommy John surgery Saturday against the Nationals served as a kind of microcosm for his major league career: he was sharp at times, but inconsistency did him in.

Dice-K opened with a perfect first frame, fanning Steve Lombardozzi and Ryan Zimmerman, and inducing a pop-up out of phenom Bryce Harper.

The right-hander would go on to strike out eight batters while issuing just one walk, but he left a few too many pitches up in the zone and the Nats were able to rally for four runs (all earned) on five hits before sending him to the showers after five innings.

Matsuzaka tossed 80 pitches — 52 of which went for strikes — as the Red Sox fell back under .500 with a record of 29-30. Dice-K is currently scheduled to take on the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his next outing.

  1. aceshigh11 - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    So, basically…meet the new Daisuke, same as the old Daisuke.

    Not a disastrous performance by any means though, and eight strikeouts with only one walk is quite encouraging.

  2. uyf1950 - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Dice K allowed 4 ER’s in 5 innings. Even though the final score was 4-2 from I saw the game wasn’t really that close.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      It wasn’t until the 7th. Credit to Franklin Morales for excellent middle relief work. Meanwhile, Nats middle relief was a bit shaky, again.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      Actually Dice K pitched 5 inning but he allowed 4 runs in 4 innings.

  3. townballblog - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    I’m sorry guys but you have it all wrong. The old Dice-K would get an 0-2 count, shake Varitek 15 times and end up walking the guy. Then he would repeat all the way down the batting order.

    The fact that he only walked one batter is very encouraging. Though I’d be very curious to see how many times he shook off Saltalamacchia (greatest name in baseball by the way).

    • uyf1950 - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      I’d be much more interested to see how he does when he pitches against a team that has some experience against him. Yesterday he should have had the advantage pitching against a team a team that has never seen him before.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Not current, but the best name in baseball is Spooneybarger. Right, Craig?

  4. skeleteeth - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    He was missing in the strike zone and left the ball out over the plate too much. His velocity was good and consistent which is where I think the strikeouts came from when combined with his off-speed stuff.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Agreed. Plus, the Nats lineup is fairly strikeout-prone. The most impressive thing he did was strike out Steve Lombatdozzi twice. Lombardozzi may be a mere rookie, but he’s one of the hardest hitters to strike out in the Majors.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    So glad he is back, now we need lackey back and Jenks and then the redsuks will make some real noise baby!!

    • pisano - Jun 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      harry… don’t forget the 142mil dollar man, one of Theo’s biggest busts so far, the one with the.255 BA, Carl Crawford.

  6. bozosforall - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Red Sox suck…and so do their fans.

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