Thursday, April 12, 2007

Daisuke vs. Felix

What a game. That's really all I can say. The Daisuke vs. Ichiro angle has been beaten to death, but when I realized that Felix Hernandez was the opposing pitcher a few days ago, I thought to myself "this kid just might steal the show." He was coming off of 8 superb shutout innings on Opening Day that nobody was talking about, he was completely under the radar with the half of the world buzzing about the Japanese match-up, and the Red Sox haven't really started hitting yet (I know they scored 14 on Tuesday, but Ramirez and Ortiz are still scuffling, and the team still isn't showing any power).

Once Hernadez walked Pedroia in the third, I thought that if retired the next guy easily (which he did - Lugo grounded out on the second pitch), he'd cruise. He didn't have any perfect game pressure on him after that, Matsuzaka had already given up a run, his pitch-count was low, and his stuff was amazing. He could just go out and sling it, which he did. It was awesome to watch, despite my team being on the receiving end.

The silver lining is definitely that J.D. Drew broke up the no-hitter. He's gotten off to a good start, he homered in his Fenway debut, and he had the only hit last night. Hopefully, he'll be able to avoid the boos for a little while and get adjusted to playing in Boston, especially since he's the only starter on the team hitting over .280.

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