Fenway Park was still buzzing from the weekend’s blockbuster trade, while Daisuke Matsuzaka looked like a new man as the Red Sox beat the Royals 5-1 at Fenway Park.
Matsuzaka pitched 7 strong innings – 1 unearned run, 5 hits, 2 walks and 6 K’s in only 101 pitches. Not bad.
The Red Sox outfield paved the way to victory on the offensive end. Each outfielder had 2 hits – Jacoby Ellsbury had a home run and a double with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Cody Ross added a double and scored a run with 3 RBI’s. Scott Podsednik hit leadoff and scored a run.
And while the Red Sox took 3 of 4 from the Royals, you couldn’t help but not talk about the “salary dump” that GM Ben Cherington pulled off with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. Parting ways with Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto leaves the Red Sox with a LOT of holes. Sure they will now have some monetary flexibility to re-build the pieces, but this is not going to be a quick fix.
Guess we’ll have to see how it all shakes out and we’ll have more analysis of the big deal over the next few weeks…