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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Dice-K, the best five inning pitcher I know
It only took until the start of June but Dice-K finally got his first win of the season in last night's 5-1 decision over the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Sure I should be easy on Matsuzaka (1-3), he did miss some time on the DL but other than that, he had been terrible.
Last night, he went five innings, allowing one run on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. In a sign that Dice-K might be feeling like himself again, he put a bunch of runners on but somehow stranded them.
The Red Sox (30-22) won their second in a row as they did enough against Tigers (28-22) rookie pitcher Rick Porcello.
Boston jumped out to the 1-0 lead in the first when J.D. Drew (2 hits, run) singled home Dustin Pedroia (hit, walk).
Stud Miguel Cabrera singled in Clete Thomas in the bottom of the first to temporarily tie it up for Detroit Rock City.
Jason Bay provided the winning hit as he hit a two-run shot to left off Porcello with Drew on base.
The Sox added two more in the sixth off reliever Ryan Perry. Pedroia walked with the bases loaded and Kevin Youkilis brought home a run when he was hit by a pitch.
Jonathan Papelbon made it interesting in a non-save appearance in the ninth. He gave up three straight hits then proceeded to strikeout the next three hitters. It took 35 pitches so he probably won't be available. Just like Terry Francona drew it up. Tito actually earned his 500th career win with Boston as well.
Josh Beckett goes tonight against struggling Armando Galarraga.