A small but welcoming crowd cheered on Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, in his first rehab start on a cold and wet Monday at Lewis-Gale field in Salem.
Multiple fans who braved the weather wore Dice-K jerseys.
However, the Japanese pitching sensation showed that he still has some rust to work off.
The first batter of the game for Wilmington, Whit Merrifield, hit a home run off of Dice-K. The Blue Rocks would score one more run in the top of the 1st inning, to take a 2-0 lead.
Salem wouldn't be able to score in the bottom of the 1st.
The top of the 2nd inning began much like the first for Dice-K. Wilmington's Geulin Beltre hit a second home run off of Matsuzaka. Dice-K would recover, by striking out the next two batters, before getting a ground out to end the 2nd inning.
Dice-K would make a great defensive play by grabbing a comebacker hit to the mound.
In total, Dice-K would pitch four innings, giving up six hits, allowing three earned runs, and recording three strike-outs.