OK, a no-hitter would have been nice.
But I look at the bigger picture. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball against one of the best offenses, not only in the NL but in all of baseball. He gave the Sox a huge boost tonight, especially giving the pen a virtual night off. It was also in a bandbox of a ballyard.
The Sox shut out the Phillies, 5-0. Big win, as New York lost and Tampa Bay won.
Would a shortstop with a bit better range have caught Juan Castro's bloop to left? Maybe. But I don't blame Marco Scutaro.
The Red Sox needed a "W" on this night, and they got it. Everything else is gravy.
And of course, we in New York didn't see this game because Fox hijacked it for their regional coverage. Thank you so much.
They STILL ruin baseball.