Sox wield power broom: Five HRs cap off sweep
By Jeff Horrigan Boston Herald Sports Reporter
Monday, April 23, 2007 - Updated: 09:41 AM EST
The late start for Daisuke Matsuzaka’s official indoctrination into the Red Sox [team stats]-Yankees
rivalry occurred just as Monday morning rush hour was beginning in
Japan, meaning that things might have been significantly quieter on
Tokyo’s roadways than usual.
while the 9 a.m. start in the pitcher’s homeland may have eased the
morning commute, it was Matsuzaka’s teammates who brought traffic to a
halt around Fenway Park [map] with a record-setting offensive performance in a 7-6 victory that completed the three-game series sweep.
Red Sox offense, however, provided room for error by clobbering five
home runs, including a major league record-tying four straight in the
no way I could be satisfied,” Matsuzaka said through a translator.
“What I wanted most of all was to hold the lead, and I couldn’t do
that. When I get the chance again to pitch in New York next week, I
will be conscious of it and I will do my best not to repeat the
problems I had.”
wrested the lead back in the seventh inning by slamming a three-run
shot over the Green Monster off reliever Scott Proctor.
12th career multi-homer game (and first since May 20, 2004), allowed
the Sox to sweep their archrivals in a series of at least two games for
the first time since April 23-25, 2004. It was the first such sweep at
Fenway since Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 1990.
a little bit broken down with injuries and, if anything, that’s the
time to take advantage, because they’re going to make their run,”
who was making his second big league start, walked a tightrope in the
first two frames, but managed to strand two runners each time. The
24-year-old left-hander retired the first two batters in the third
before suddenly losing all effectiveness, as well as his 3-0 lead.
who entered the game batting only .193, started things by smashing a 91
mph fastball beyond the Monster seats. J.D. Drew followed by jumping on
a slider and blasting it over the Red Sox bullpen for his first home
run since the home opener on April 10.
then demolished a changeup, slamming it over everything and onto
Lansdowne Street. Jason Varitek completed the historic barrage by
walloping a fastball over the Monster for his second homer of the
just wanted to hit the ball hard to keep the momentum going,” Lowell
said. “I got a hold of one and the dugout was going crazy. It was
really cool, a unique feeling.”