Heâ€™s the third starter in the Boston Red Soxâ€™s rotation but he could be the teamâ€™s number one man. Daisuke Matsuzakaâ€”a.k.a. Dice Kâ€”was impressive in his first MLB start going 7 innings, notching 10 strikeouts and giving up 1 earned run.
Ever since the Sox signed Dice, thereâ€™s been a media buzz about him. Here are a few highlights from the game against the Royals, which Beantown won 4- 1. In the second inning, Dice recorded two â€œKs.â€? The first one, his first MLB strikeout, was on a 94 MPH fastball to Ryan Shealy. Shealy would strike out three times against him. Right after that Goad went down swinging.
After giving up a hit in the first inning to leadoff man David DeJesus, Dice did not give up a hit until the fifth inning. The one run came off a DeJesusâ€™ homer in the sixth.
Dice struck out the side in the fourth.
In his final inning of work, the seventh, he struck out two batters.
Finallyâ€”a note on closer John Papelbon, who finished the game off in the ninth and notched the save. He did not give up a hit, did not walk anyone and struck out two. He threw 13 pitches, only two of which were balls.
The game was played in 36-degree blustery weather, which did not seem to affect Dice K at all. Itâ€™s a long season and a good beginning for the $52 million man.