Figgins steals 2nd, one out. Ooh, Abreu flies out and we have 2 down…there’s hope yet, because he only has to deal with Bad Vlad. Wow, Dice-Fillet gets Vlad to ground out and only needed 18 pitches to get out of the first. Matsuzaka must feel like he just scaled Everest in a lazy afternoon hike. I mean, he only went to full counts on 2 of the 4 batters he faced.
By the way, I’m only commenting on my hate for Dice-K during this post. I wanna enjoy the rest of the game.
Top 2nd: Okay, I bitch about Dice’s pitch count, but it did take John Lackey 23 tosses to get out of the 1st, sooooooo.
He gets Hunter out on 2 pitches! Things are lookin’ up. Holy SHIT!!! Inning over in just 7 pitches. Are we sure this isn’t a Dice-K replicant controlled by the ghosts of Hideo Nomo past??? And he’s got a no-no through two (I know this is sacrilege and against the unwritten rules, but come on, it’s Matsuzaka we’re talkin’ about here, he’ll labor to stay under 100 pitches by the 6th…).
Top 3rd: First up is Eric Aybar. Dice’s first offering to Aybar is about 8 inches outside. That’s my boy!! Again, I shut my mouth, as Aybar pops out on 3 pitches. Seven straight retired. Jeff Mathis strikes out!!! This is getting tasty. Back to Figgins now, maybe he can walk him again. Oh damn, I be a soothsayer as Figgins-Newtons is on 1st after a free pass. Yeah, Figgy really is someone to cower from while on the mound. Why don’t you go ahead and put a speedy base-stealer on two straight times. Well, at least Maicer Izturis is good at flying out to Drew to close out the inning. I guess Dice just bothers me with that look of “I don’t have the drive to do anything.” I mean, at least Kaz Sasaki broke himself out of the game while drunk, but Dice-K is just a Nietzsche passage away from slumping into a puddle of ennui and slinking into a dark corner forever.
Top 4th: Sadly, my man Ellsbury was thrown out trying to steal 2nd last inning. Oh well, at least Dice just struck out Bobby Abreu (who I’ve always thought would look nice in a garbage compactor, since his days with the Jankees). Even after 50 pitches (halfway through Hunter’s at-bat), Dice still only throws strikes 50% of the time. Hunter pops out, no-no through 4. One nice thing? Lackey’s had to throw more pitches than Matsuzaka. This is certainly an alternate reality moment.
Top 5th: On a hanging breaker, Dice gifts Morales with something to smack for a single. No more no-no. Rivera flies out, but Aybar gets the second hit of the inning (and the game) for the Angels to move Morales to 3rd. Gettin’ scary. And Aybar steals second. Looks as though Dice-K doesn’t care about that, specially since he likes having the bases drunk, so maybe he’ll walk Mathis just to get comfortable…oop, nope, Mathis strikes out swinging. Wait! With Figgins up, he will be able to fill the bags with 2 out. Yippee!! Wow, Figgy strikes out and Dice is out of the 5th after just 72 pitches (usually a 3 inning count for him). Now if only the offense could give him some support.
Top 6th: With one out, Abreu doubles…God I hate that guy. That little self-congratulatory clap and grin that he pulled into second with makes me want to take a cheese-grater to his face (I need psychological help, maybe…or maybe everybody feels this way about Abreu). Bad Vlad’s up! Out on strikes and then Hunter lines out to Peppah (Mike Lowell, for those of you not in the know). And who’s that Terry Francona plain-clothes look-alike in the Sox dugout over the right shoulder of Dave Magadan??
Bot. 6th: Okay, that bunt single by Ells was the shit! I love how freakin’ fast he is. And then Pedey bunts ’em up and the error on Lackey’s throw make it 1-0!!!! Bay walks, bases chucked and Big Papi comin’ up!!! Holy 2004 version of the Large Father!! Sox up 2-0.
Top 7th: Alright, got some mac n cheese and about to have to get ready for work, but let’s see what’s cookin in the 7th. Dice back out there with plenty of pitches to go, I guess. Get that bullpen warm boys! I was right. Morales walks and in comes Ramirez. This will end my Dice-hate-fest online for the night as I have to get ready to go sling beer to all you fools.