Dice K starts; Clippers lose 9-2
Daisuke Matsuzaka ended a seven-week stay on the disabled list today when he started for the Clippers against the Gwinnett Braves in Coolray Field.
His presence and four hits from Lonnie Chisenhall couldn't help Columbus in a 9-2 loss to the Braves.
Matsuzaka, who left a start in Pawtucket on April 28 with a left oblique strain, was scheduled to pitch three innings or 50 pitches. He lasted 2 2/3 innings and 41 pitches while allowing two singles.
He left the scorelessgame with two outs in the third inning and a 3-2 count on Todd Cunningham. Matsuzaka needed a timeout in the inning for trainer James Quinlan to put a bandage on his right thumb. The problem - a blister or a cut - was not known.
Matsuzaka's next pitch bounced in the dirt and hit home plate umpire David Soucy on the right hand. He was forced from the game with injury. When play resumed, Paolo Espino relieved Matsuzaka.
The Braves crushed Espino, Cole Cook and Bryan Price for nine runs. Seven came in the sixth inning against Cook and Price.
Nate Spears ruined the shutout for the Braves with a home run in the seventh. Chisenhall added an RBI double in the ninth inning. The four hits pushed his batting average to .402 through 23 games since the Cleveland Indians optioned him.