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WS Game III Story: D. Matsuzaka, 1-3, 2 RBI

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Maybe he'll consider DHing for us when Papi retires.

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If you couldn't tell from my derisive internet tone, I'm not a big fan of the whole Josh Fogg = "Dragon Slayer" theory. Even if true we had two things going for us.

  • Daisuke hasn't been the pitching equivalent of a dragon for a couple months now.
  • He's Josh frickin Fogg. F--- that noise.
The second point won out, and if not for (improper use of Javy Lopez/improper pitching of Javy Lopez), Daisuke's line might better reflect the actual 'dragon' he was on the mound tonight.

And that is the last time the d-word will appear in this post.

Offensively, the Sox got things going pretty early and kept the train a'movin late in the game. Tacoby and PedRoYa gave a winning argument for who should be hitting 1-2 in the lineup all season next year: 7/10, 4 2Bs, 4 RBIs, 3 R. Dice-RBI came up with a big hit to plate two runs as well in that 6 run 3rd inning.

In the 8th against Brian Fuentes (after Oki "allowed" two inherited runners from Timlin to score on a Matt Holliday no-doubter off the bat HR), the Sox were able to tack on 3, added another against LaTroy Hawkins in the 9th (with a cameo appearance by Mike "Wheels" Lowell), and as they say, it was all over but the crying.

Unsung hero tonight? How about Julio Lugo? 1/3, 2 BB, 2 R, and that leaping catch to save Mike Timlin's bacon to end the Rockies' 6th.

Tomorrow: Game IV with Jon Lester on the hill. Let's keep the celebrating down until/if there's something big to celebrate.