John Farrell was quoted in last Friday's Globe as saying there had been "an increase of personal awareness, not just in terms of the stuff that he has on a given night, but a conscious effort to not be as predictable or exclusively using his fastball as he trended toward that way last year".
Last night was his first blown save since July 28, 2009 (JoS1). It was also the second time in his career he allowed multiple home runs in a game; the first was in his major league debut on July 31, 2005.
Fatigue was probably not a factor in going only with the heater. Although Papelbon had gone 2.1 innings on Saturday -- his longest outing by innings since June 2006 -- he threw only 26 pitches, something he had done three times previously this season and 10 times last year.
Peter Abraham called Daisuke Matsuzaka's postgame press conference "bizarre".
He paused 30 seconds before answering the first question and appeared on the verge of bursting into tears. Two Japanese reporters who have followed his entire career said they had never seen anything like it.And Dice gave this cryptic answer about why things unraveled for him last night: "There's one thing that I know for sure, but I'm not quite ready to share that at this point."
Dice threw 32 pitches in the first inning, 26 of which were fastballs. "I have a lot of different pitches. If I don't use those properly, that is going to work against me at times." So why did he throw so many fastballs? His catcher, Victor Martinez, said he didn't know why.
I'm just behind the plate trying to help him. At the end, he's the one who has the last word. He's the one who has the ball in his hand. I'm just putting suggestions. He can say yes or no.What a mess.
I keep a Sox notebook/diary with various bits of info from each game and from the papers. For Saturday's game, there is this: "worst loss of year?" ... Not anymore.