Daisuke Matsuzaka was looking for his first win in 2012 last night in Oakland, but it wasn’t to be as the right-hander struggled allowing five runs in 1+ innings on four hits in the worst of his five outings this year. He walked two and gave up two home runs, making it an easy decision for Bobby Valentine’s quick hook. It was learned afterwards that he left with a stiff neck and a DL stint is not out of the question.
Clayton Mortensen pitched extremely well in relief, allowing just one run in five innings of work. The Red Sox eventually fell by a score of 6-1. The two teams meet again tonight for Game 2 of their three game series.
The lack of consistent starting pitching is really starting to catch up to the Red Sox. This west coach swing was supposed to be a time for the team to gain some ground in the AL East, but the lack of good starting pitching has contributed to the Red Sox going 2-3 on the road trip thus far. For the team to really be a contender in the AL East and the Wild Card their starting pitching needs to improve dramatically.
On a side note, it should be noted that Felger & Mazz were the only local sports radio show to have both regular hosts in studio and not taking a few extra days off for the 4th of July holiday. Love or hate them, they are two of the hardest working men in the Boston sports media.
Here are a few links going into the 4th of July holiday:
Daisuke Matsuzaka bombs in loss to A’s– Scott Lauber looks at the rough outing for Matsuzaka.
Trapezius muscle pain too much for Matzusaka to overcome– Sean McAdam has how Matsuzaka couldn’t pitch through the pain.
Daniel Bard: Something clicked– Joe McDonald talked with Daniel Bard after he pitched for Pawtucket Monday night. He retired the side in order, in his only inning of work, which was arguably his best outing since being sent down about a month ago.
Red Sox in great shape with help on the way– Ron Borges says people are jumping to conclusions with this Red Sox team, and says after this weekends series with the Yankees things could be a lot different.
Halfway home– Nick Cafardo looks back on the first half of the season and all the injuries the Red Sox have had to deal with, and how Valentine and GM Ben Cherington have done their best to work around them.
Celtics rookies past first test– Chris Forsberg has the three Celtics draft picks and their reactions after being drafted by the Celtics last week.
Sully won’t go negative– Mark Murphy says Jared Sullinger isn’t feeling bad about dropping down to No. 21 in the draft.
Ainge confident on Jeff Green, calls Ray Allen and Brandon Bass top priorities– Gary Dzen has Danny Ainge feeling confident the Celtics will get all three of those players back next season.