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Dice-K Nearly No-Hits Phillies

Daisuke Matsuzaka was four outs away from tossing a no-hitter against the Phillies.  Juan Castro broke up the no-hit bid with a bloop single over the head of Marco Scutaro.  For the Phillies, it was appropriate that the only hit came on a blooper since the Phillies hit the the ball hard most of the night.

Dice-K didn’t exactly dominate.  He had a high pitch count, walked four, and struck out five.  Yes — the Phillies weren’t able to collect hits off him, but they did scorch the ball.  The Red Sox made several incredible defensive plays.  Dustin Pedroia made a leaping catch to rob Chase Utley.  Jayson Werth lined a shot right back at Matsuzaka, who made an insane catch.  Adrian Beltre dove to take a hit away from Carlos Ruiz, and turned it into a double play.  Overall, the Phillies were hitting the ball hard, just right at fielders.

While Dice-K was literally unhittable, Kyle Kendrick was the complete opposite.  He surrendered five runs, all earned.  Kendrick cruised through the first couple of innings, but hit a rock in the fifth.  The Red Sox already led 1-0 at the time, thanks to a sacrifice fly in which Raul Ibanez failed to nail David Ortiz at the plate.  Kendrick was one out away from keeping it a one-run game, however J.D Drew, Ortiz, and Beltre each knocked in runs.

The Red Sox took a 5-0 lead, and did not look back.  Matsuzaka got a lot of luck on Saturday, and perhaps things will come easier tomorrow for the Phillies with Roy Halladay on the mound.



  1. Brian Sr. of CO

    May 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Great effort to make a BAD and embarrasing game seem a little more tollerable. just a little hiccup. Either way, the Phillies have been in unchartered territories the last few years. The Phillies have never won back to back NL Championships, and never won 4 NL East Pennants in a row. The funny thing it, the last time the Phillies were successfully no-hit by a pitcher was 1978, when the Phillies won the NL East that season.

  2. Scott in D.C.

    May 23, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Momma said there’d be nights like this … Rays bounced back quickly after getting perfecto’d by Braden. No worries.

  3. Nunzio Scholeri

    May 23, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Rough game to watch. Why, if the opposing pitcher is throwing so many balls and walking the few patient hitters, were so many Phillies swinging early in the count at bad pitches and making weak outs? That’s just poor hitting strategy.

    Still, as has been said, it’s just one game. Tomorrow should go better.

  4. Scotch Man

    May 23, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I was at the game and I have to be honest, I was rooting for the no-hitter by the time Juan Castro hit his little blooper in the 8th.

  5. Nunzio Scholeri

    May 23, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Scotch Man, I kind of feel you. it would have been pretty special.

    Speaking of pretty special, that play that Matsuzaka made catching that screaming liner back to the mound was ridiculous. And the face he made walking off the field afterward was adorable.

  6. Ilikeazns

    May 23, 2010 at 3:14 am

    I like asians. Love my Phils, but grats to Dicey for pitching a good game. Hopefully it boosts his confidence and he continues to pitch well.

  7. ActuallyChilled

    May 23, 2010 at 4:28 am

    i don’t have any sympathy for this lost opportunity at a dice k no hitter. are you kidding me. go phils.

  8. Dave

    May 23, 2010 at 8:15 am

    The Phils hitters have not been patient at the plate for the last week. Listening to Rollins on “sounds of the game” telling Howard to let him come to you was hillarious, since Jimmy has no idea what being a patient hitter means.

  9. George

    May 23, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I find it hilarious that Phils fans ALWAYS blame their hitter’s impatience, and never give any credit to the opposing pitcher.

  10. Brooks

    May 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

    George, are you kidding? Give credit to DiceK?

    So, Daisy Duke (Tracey called him that ..) just turned it on vs the best team in the ML today? Not so – his ERA was over 7 when he came to Philadelphia, he does not have a lot to offer – the Phils were impatient and they normally perform better in the warmer weather – now, I hope today will be an exception to that rule. For the last game of an interleague series, they will try to get it in any way possible fighting the elements.

    The good Dr. will pay a visit today so we should not need a lot of run support anyway but, 4 on the board hopefully will be OK to win.

  11. The Dipsy

    May 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

    FYI, 95% of the LFers in baseball grab that ball that fell in front of Ibanez last night. And 95% of the LFers make a better throw on Ortiz and nail him at home by three feet. Nowhere to hide your weak in baseball.

    The Dipsy

  12. Brooks

    May 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I did not watch the game, only on MLB but, I do know that Pat Burrell can probably run faster than chugging Ortiz –
    To be honest, I have seen Ibanez make some decent throws (well, maybe not this year..).

  13. The Second John

    May 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Didn’t the Phillies almost get no hit against the Padres in 08? I think Matt Stairs hit a homerun in the 7th or 8th to break it up. My point is the Phills can bounce back from yesterday, because they have Doc on the mound today.

    I have to disagree with you Brooks, Dice-K was hitting his spots, and had good velocity today. He deserves a lot more credit than we’re giving him.

  14. The Dipsy

    May 23, 2010 at 10:31 am

    The Good Doctor is in town to make a housecall. Open up and say “Awe-some”. Carlton or Halladay? Anyone?

    The Dipsy

  15. jeff

    May 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Kendrick does not belong here. Pirates are one thing. Happ needs to get back fast. Rollins should be held out for two months to heal. Our offense is really good or really bad. No credit to dice he is average.

  16. Scotch Man

    May 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I’ll take both Dipsy!

    Though if I had to chose, Lefty still takes the prize.

  17. The Second John

    May 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Without looking at the stats Dipsy, I’ll say Lefty.

  18. Nunzio Scholeri

    May 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Dipsy, the Raul-bashing is uncalled for. We’ve all seen the guy make some amazing plays and some amazing throws (I remember a series against the Mets in NY last season when if I recall correctly he nailed guys on two separate occasions going for doubles by playing the hop off the wall and firing a bullet to second base). Maybe he would have gotten that ball if the coaches had had him playing in a different spot. Maybe on another day he gets slightly more juice on a throw that you have to admit was bang on target. The point is it’s one play, in one game, and to me it’s a little pointless to focus on that instead of on what we know the guy’s capable of.

  19. Evelyn

    May 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    we hit so many balls hard to the outfield. shouldnt have been an almost no hitter anyways

  20. mg52

    May 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    George, we Phans have a tendency to wonder about the offense after a game like this because we’ve seen so many occasions when it’s twelve runs one night and three over the next three games or so. This Phils team is a National League powerhouse because of its strong character, its good defense and sometimes even its starting pitching (which usually has gotten better after struggling out of the gate). The lineup is tantalizing – that’s nothing new to say. But it is very streaky, as we’ve all said numerous times, and we’ve seen too many mediocre pitchers mow down the hitters to believe that those pitchers all were on fire on those given days.
    With that being said, Dice-K did move the ball well, and that play he made on the mound was indication that he was in control of more than just his pitches. He also didn’t get rattled after Castro recorded his hit. I tip my cap to him.

  21. Dave

    May 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    As good as the offense is, it’s extremely inconsistent, very hot and cold. I would probably take the 93 team offense because of their patience, consistency, and their ability to avoid being shutout. And I would always take Lefty over Doc….there really is no comparison. Doc pitches to contact, Lefty made hitters look foolish.

  22. The Dipsy

    May 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Nunzio….Raul is a bad fielder.

    The Dipsy

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