The A's only managed three hits and no walks last night (or even last night) against Daisuke Matsuzaka & Co. Unlike the opener in Japan, Dice-K was on his game, throwing strikes with multiple pitches. When a team relies on the walk as much as the A's do, you can go a long way toward beating them simply by throwing the ball over the plate. Throw strikes with some zip on it, and the A's are putty in your hands. Except for a lone Jack Cust home run, the A's were simply overpowered last night, despite another good pitching effort by Joe Blanton.
Hopefully, it will be the Red Sox' turn to be overpowered this afternoon when Rich Harden takes to the mound. Will Travis Buck ever get a hit? I'd be concerned about that, but then I saw that David Ortiz is hitless this year, too. Can that possibly last another day? If the A's can escape a four-game series with Boston without being hurt by Big Papi, they should consider themselves very fortunate.