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October 29, 2007

Red Sox Win Second World Series in Past Four Years

by @ 3:46 am. Filed under 2007 World Series

Just three years after breaking their curse, the Red Sox did it again and they finished up a four game sweep over the Rockies to win the 2007 World Series.  The Red Sox scored their runs one inning at a time and while, like Saturday, the Rockies got close but never had the lead.  David Ortiz put the Red Sox on the board in the first with an RBI single and then they added a second run in the fifth on Jason Varitek’s one run single.  Mike Lowell made it 3-0 with a solo homer in the seventh before the Rockies scored on a solo homer by Brad Hawpe.  Bobby Kielty made it 4-1 with a solo homerun and the Rockies scored two in the eighth to make it a one run game but that’s as close as they’d get.

Jon Lester was awesome and his start made a good story by itself.  He gave up three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.  Francona dipped into the Okajima well once too often and he was the pitcher to give up those final two Rockies runs.  Papelbon got the final five batters out though and he picked up his third save of the series.

Mike Lowell was named the series MVP but man did the Red Sox get some production across the board.  And with two World Series in the past four seasons, Red Sox fans definitely have some things to be happy about.  Now we have the offseason where hopefully the Red Sox can keep everything together.

October 28, 2007

Red Sox One Win Away From World Series Win

by @ 5:41 am. Filed under 2007 World Series

The Red Sox made it six straight postseason wins and three straight in this series against the Rockies as they now just have to win one of their next four to win their second World Series in four years.  The big inning was the third when the Red Sox jumped out to a 6-0 lead.  Mike Lowell and Dice-K each had two run singles while David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury doubled home a run a piece.

The Rockies actually fought back and made it a one run game but the Red Sox opened the game back up with three runs in eighth and a single run in the ninth to make it 10-5.  Ellsbury had a team high four hits and he drove in two and scored twice.  Mike Lowell singled twice, drove in two and scored twice.

Dice-K was good enough and he gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings.  Mike Timlin was tagged for two of the other runs while Jon Papelbon closed the game out to pick up the save.

It’ll be Jon Lester going up against Aaron Cook for the series win tonight.  I know you want to seal the deal, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a game on Monday so Josh Beckett can continue his post season dominance with one more win.

October 26, 2007

Curt Schilling Pitches Red Sox to Game Two Win

by @ 5:52 pm. Filed under 2007 World Series

The offense wasn’t there like it was the night before, but the pitching was just as good as Curt Schilling and the Red Sox pen pitched Boston to a 2-1 win.  Schilling gave up the lone run in 5 1/3 innings while Hideki Okajima was awesome with 2 1/3 perfect innings.  Jon Papelbon closed things out and he picked up the save with 1 1/3 innings pitched.

The Rockies got on the board in the very first inning when Willie Taveras scored on Todd Helton’s ground out.  Jason Varitek tied the game up in the fourth when he drove home Mike Lowell with a sac. fly and then Lowell doubled home David Ortiz in the fifth inning to give the Red Sox the lead, and eventually, the win.  The  two teams combined for just eleven hits.

Man, are these games long.  The opener clocked in at 3:30 while last night’s game was 3:39.  I love baseball, but talk about dragging things out.

Dice-K gets the start tomorrow and the Red Sox will have to contend with Josh Fogg.  And David Ortiz will start at first base with Kevin Youkilis starting the game on the bench.  My bet is, Youkilis gets in there and makes an impact whether it’s just with one at bat as a pinch hitter or a late inning defensive replacement.

October 25, 2007

Red Sox Make Statement In Game One

by @ 3:35 am. Filed under 2007 World Series

Dominating pitching?  Check.  Heavy hitting?  Check.  Give Pitcher Big Early Lead?  Check.

The Red Sox took it to the Rockies last night.  Before the game could even really get started, the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead and by the end of the fifth inning, they had thirteen runs.  Josh Beckett was very good on a night where he could have stunk the place up and that made it even sweeter.

Beckett needed just 93 pitches to get through seven innings and he gave up just a single run on six hits with a walk and an impressive nine strikeouts.  Mike Timlin and Eric Gagne threw a shutout frame to close things out and you wonder why Francona didn’t go with one of his back end relievers instead of Gagne.  Maybe he wanted to give him a low pressure situation to fine tune some things.

Dustin Pedroia had the only homerun in what turned out to be a doubles attack.  Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz had two doubles a piece while Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Julio Lugo each had a team high three hits.  Youkilis and Ramirez scored three times while five different players had a pair of RBIs.

Curt Schilling gets the nod tonight as the Red Sox will try to take a commanding 2-0 lead.  Rookie Ubaldo Jimenez throws for the Rockies but don’t let the inexperience fool you, this kid can throw.

October 22, 2007

Red Sox Complete Comeback, Blowout Indians In Game Seven

by @ 7:53 am. Filed under 2007 Season

The Red Sox are going to the World Series after a dramatic comeback in their series with the Indians.  All three of these final games were Red Sox blowouts and Boston put an exclamation point on things last night as they advanced to their second World Series in four years.

The Red Sox scored single runs in each of the first three innings to jump out to a 3-0 lead.  Manny Ramirez singled home Dustin Pedroia in the first, Jason Varitek scored on Julio Lugo’s double play in the second and then Mike Lowell drove home Kevin Youkilis in the third on a sac. fly.  The Indians finally answered off of Dice-K in the fourth when Ryan Garko doubled home Travis Hafner and then the Indians made it a one run game in the fifth when Grady Sizemore drove home Franklin Gutierez with a sac. fly.

That was the closest the Indians got though as the Red Sox piled on the runs.  Pedroia belted a two run homer in the seventh and then the Red Sox scored six in the eighth to make it 12-2.  The inning was capped off by a two run blast by Kevin Youkilis to finish off what’s been a tremendous series for him.

Josh Beckett walked away with the MVP with his two dominating outings but it could have just as easily gone to Youkilis or to Manny.  Game one of the World Series begins Wednesday so there’s a couple of days off to regroup.  Go Sox.

October 21, 2007

Red Sox Run Up the Score In Game Six Win

by @ 11:28 am. Filed under 2007 Season

The Red Sox got a ton of offense as they forced a winner take all game seven last night with a 12-2 win.  J.D. Drew got things started with a grand slam and an RBI single to drive in the first five Red Sox runs but the hitters kept piling it on and by the end of the third inning, they had a 10-1 lead which they never looked back from.  Kevin Youkilis and Drew had a team high three hits while the two joined Dustin Pedroia with a team high two runs.

Curt Schilling got it done but he had plenty of help.  He gave up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts in seven frames.  Javier Lopez and Eric Gagne threw shutout frames to close the game out.

It’s game seven tonight and it’s for all the marbles.  It’ll be Dice-K going up against Jake Westbrook.

October 19, 2007

Red Sox Survive to Fight Another Day

by @ 3:02 am. Filed under 2007 Season

The Red Sox will get a chance to win two straight games at Fenway Park as they extended their ALCS with the Indians.  Once again, it was Josh Beckett who got it done and he’s still the only Red Sox pitcher to have a win in the series.  He held the Indians to an impressive one run on five hits and one walk with eleven strikeouts in eight frames.  Jon Papelbon pitched through the ninth to wrap things up.

Kevin Youkilis put the Red Sox on the board in the first inning with a solo shot but he Indians answered with a run in the bottom of the first when a run scored on Travis Hafner’s double play.  Manny (who cares) Ramirez broke the tie in the third with an RBI single and the Red Sox never looked back.  The Red Sox began breaking the game open in the seventh when Kevin Youkilis tripled home Dustin Pedroia and then Youkilis scored on a David Ortiz sac. fly.  Then the Red Sox added three more in the eighth to make it 7-1.

Of course now there’s another day off.  This new television schedule is out of hand.  It’ll be a rematch of game two with Curt Schilling going up against Fausto Carmona.

October 16, 2007

Red Sox Fall Behind In ALCS, Hitters Held In Check By Indians’ Start Jake Westbrook

by @ 4:06 am. Filed under 2007 Season

The Red Sox had a tough time getting anything going in their 4-2 loss to the Indians.  Jason Varitek belted a two run homer in the seventh inning but that was the extent of the Red Sox offense.  They outhit the Indians 7-6, they just had a tough time pushing those runners across the plate.

Dice-K didn’t have his best stuff and he was responsible for all four Indians runs.  He did strike out six in 4 2/3 innings but a two run homer to Kenny Lofton put the Indians on the board and then he was tagged for two more runs in the fifth.  The pen did a nice job and three relievers held the Indians scoreless for 3 1/3 innings but the closest they could get was 4-2.

Game four is tonight and it’ll be Paul Byrd going up against Tim Wakefield.  The National League is already wrapped up with the Rockies sweeping the Diamondbacks so they’ll have to wait it out until someone wins this series.

October 14, 2007

Bullpen Fails Red Sox In Game Two of ALCS

by @ 3:12 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

What an ugly inning.  Eric Gagne, Javier Lopez and Jon Lester combined to give up seven runs in the eleventh inning as the Red Sox lost game two of the ALCS.   This was after a rough outing by Curt Schilling but some solid pen work that stopped with two shutout innings by Jon Papelbon.

Manny Ramirez is a man on a mission and he homered and drove in three runs. Mike Lowell also went yard and like Manny, he drove in three.  David Ortiz singled, drew a walk and scored twice but his biggest play at the plate was a fielder’s choice that he legged out to prevent a double play.  Manny Ramirez followed it up with his two run homer that tied the game up but the extra inning debacle made it all moot.

Dice-K gets the start tomorrow.  Jake Westbrook goes for the Indians.

October 13, 2007

Red Sox Draw First Blood, Blow Out Indians In Game One of ALCS

by @ 6:15 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

The Red Sox took it to Indians ace C.C. Sabatia last night as the Red Sox took game one of the ALCS.  Travis Hafner actually gave the Indians an early lead with solo homer in the first off of Josh Beckett but they didn’t manage much more then that.  Manny Ramirez singled home a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game before the Red Sox really knocked around Sabathia in the third for four runs.  The Red Sox added three more in the fifth which sent Sabathia packing and then they scored two more in the sixth off of Jensen Lewis to complete the beat down.

Manny Ramirez finished with three RBIs in three different plate appearances and he finished two for two with three walks.  Mike Lowell had just one hit, but he finished tied with Manny with a team high three RBIs.  David Ortiz was just as good with two hits, two walks and two runs.  Kevin Youkilis reached base three times with a walk and two hits and he scored three times.

Beckett lasted six innings and he gave up just one more run while striking out seven.  Eric Gagne got into trouble in the ninth and while he allowed three base runners, he also struck out the side to help himself out.

Game two is going on right now.  Indians are up 1-0 in the third inning.

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