In yesterday’s 6-1 loss to the Tigers, Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed five runs in five innings, four of which came in a four-run second inning thanks in part to a three-run home run from Miguel Cabrera.
“Today was my first major league start in a while, and I was a little bit more nervous than I expected to be,” Matsuzaka explained. ”The home runs and the runs and the hits that came those two innings woke me up.” Matsuzaka explained.
Matsuzaka retired the final ten batters he faced on Friday.
“From the third inning on, I was able to settle down and go back to what I worked on in the minor leagues this year,” Matsuzaka continued. “Unfortunately, the first two innings decided the game, so it wasn’t how I wanted it to go. But I think I was able to finish strong.”
Over his last 13 major league starts, dating to May 16, 2011, the righthander is 1-8 with a 8.51 ERA.
“Daisuke knows he made a bad pitch [to Cabrera] the second time up,” Terry Collins said. “He tried to come inside on a cutter and got too much plate. But he pitched good. After that he kept us in the game.”