October 25, 2007

WS 2: Red Sox 2, Rockies 1

Rockies - 100 000 000 - 1  5  0
Red Sox - 000 110 00x - 2 6 1

IP H R BB K BF PIT
Schilling 5.1 4 1 2 4 22 82
Okajima 2.1 0 0 0 4 7 28
Papelbon 1.1 1 0 0 2 4 16
Well, I stand up next to a mountain
I chop it down with the edge of my hand
The Rockies took a quick 1-0 in the top of the first when Curt Schilling's fourth pitch grazed Willie Taveras's left hand, Matt Holliday's line drive glanced off Mike Lowell's glove and rolled into foul terriroty, and Todd Helton grounded out to first.

Boston tied the game in the fourth: Lowell walked, hustled to third on J.D. Drew's single to right (he reached base four times in four trips) and tagged and scored on Jason Varitek's fly to center. The Red Sox took a 2-1 lead with two outs in the fifth: David Ortiz walked, Manny Ramirez singled to left and Lowell doubled into the left field corner.

Holding that 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth, Schilling had trouble getting loose and surrendered a single and a walk with one out. Terry Francona did not mess around -- now in full playoff mode, Tito pulled the trigger earlier than he normally would during the season. G38 was at only 82 pitches, but it was time to summon the members of the Black Pearl.

Hideki Okajima got Garrett Atkins on a grounder to Kevin Youkilis and the runners moved up to second and third. But Brad Hawpe was overmatched -- swinging at strike one, looking at strike two and swinging at strike three. Crisis averted.

Jeemer needed only 11 pitches in the seventh: Troy Tulowitzki popped to right, Yorvit Torrealba grounded to short and Ryan Spilborghs struck out looking. In the eighth, Okajima struck out Taveras looking and Kaz Matsui swinging. With four outs remaining, Francona went to Jonathan Papelbon.

On an 0-2 pitch, Holliday smashed a line drive past Bot that Dustin Pedroia dove and gloved behind second, but he had no play. No matter. Bot immediately picked Holliday off first, catching him napping by some two or three feet to end the inning. In the ninth, Snuffer struck out Helton, got Atkins to line out to Jacoby Ellsbury in center and he fanned Hawpe.

And so the Red Sox are two wins away from another World Series championship. It feels inevitable -- and easy -- and fun.

***

Lineups:
Rockies               Red Sox
Willy Taveras, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Kaz Matsui, 2B Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Matt Holliday, LF David Ortiz, DH
Todd Helton, 1B Manny Ramirez, LF
Garrett Atkins, 3B Mike Lowell, 3B
Brad Hawpe, RF J.D. Drew, RF
Troy Tulowitzki, SS Jason Varitek, C
Yorvit Torrealba, C Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Ryan Spilborghs, DH Julio Lugo, SS
The bottom of the lineup returns to its usual form -- with Drew at #6 ahead of Varitek and Ellsbury back at #8, with Lugo at the bottom.

BP's Joe Sheehan believes that Coco Crisp's "knee injury is a convenient cover for the fact that 2008 has come early in Boston. Ellsbury is this team's center fielder right now".

Over their last four games -- three must-wins and the opening game of the World Series -- the Red Sox have outscored their opponents 43-6. They are also the first team in baseball history to score 10+ runs in three consecutive post-season games.

Keep it going.

***


Ubaldo Jiminez (4.28, 112 ERA+, Game Log) / Curt Schilling (3.87, 122 ERA+, Game Log)

Schilling is pitching on four days rest for the first time since September 10.

708 comments:

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ish said...

PICKED OFF!!!!!!

thatdietcokegirl said...

whoa!!!! how sweet is that lol ;D!

nixon33 said...

whats the word you like to use, l-girl????!!!!!!

redsock said...

wow -- that was choke-y.

L-girl said...

INEVITABLE BABY!!!

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SoSock said...

Note to Rockies -

That is NOT how you play baseball.
That is all.

Sincerely,
AL

tim said...

an art of choke-y if you will, allan

redsock said...

man - imagine the sox did that. we'd all have heart attacks of anger. lord.

redsock said...

tim! everything all comes back around.

L-girl said...

so the tim dinner connection comes in handy! artichoky, love it.

tim said...

wow McC...reaching out, touching you.

SoSock said...

Holladay - On ICE !

redsock said...

pickoff's gotta be crushing for the rox.

that's a shame.

Amy said...

Still would like an insurance run.

thatdietcokegirl said...

i think a dong is in order.

nixon33 said...

WHAT???!!!!!

L-girl said...

insurance is always nice

lugo's out but we don't see it b/c fox is showing us mastercard.

FUCK YOU FOX

redsock said...

lugo called out -- and fox is busy showing a bank of america commerical banner.

thatdietcokegirl said...

didn't lugo do that before. christ.

Amy said...

Sometimes I think the rules of baseball are more complex than the tax code. (The US tax code, that is.)

s1c said...

Bull shit absolutely bull shit. His foot is in the air, so he is not out of the batters box yet.

tim said...

fuck sakes lugo. i love how my random green veggies somehow can be factored into each game. that's just coincidental voodoo.

L-girl said...

manny corpus, this name cracks me up every single time i hear it

nixon33 said...

i like that clemens made that fucking commercial.
a nice reminder to everyone, if you will...

SoSock said...

Love the Sweet Caroline tradition.
Always wondered where it started.
I've seen at Fenway and at several college campuses.

L-girl said...

we never see the fathead commercial. they must not like him in buffalo.

L-girl said...

fuck yeah!

nixon33 said...

IM PROUD OF THESE TWO OUT HITS!

redsock said...

one more time for the fuck yeah kid.

SoSock said...

Insurance - coming up!

L-girl said...

two outs, our favourite way to score runs!

tim said...

gonna have to have...sushi? before saturday's game. i think it will be a home made meal, woo d-pedskis! anyway, yeah - home made meal probably. will just include the usual spinach and japanese eggplants i think. along with some polar bear shots pregame maybe???

Amy said...

Sosock, I looked up the Sweet Caroline story a few weeks back when my daughter asked about it. It was just sort of a random song that the then music director at Fenway played at various times. Then, I think in 2004, it became a regular 8th inning tradition. But there was no particular reason originally. No Boston connection at all. I guess the crowd liked it, and the rest is history.

westcoastsox said...

If you say "Manny Corpas" in Latin, it means "Hand Body." Maybe that's why it sounds so funny.

Amy said...

The Clemens commercial used to annoy me until Clemens imploded this season. Now I love it. I keep saying that he should have had better cell service and spared himself a last season embarrassment.

thatdietcokegirl said...

Love the Sweet Caroline tradition.
Always wondered where it started.
I've seen at Fenway and at several college campuses.


me too actually. i think it was a bar thing before being done at fenway. tho i'm not sure. i remember singing it with friends as early as 93. i'm sure it goes back way farther than that lol. but not sure when or where.

SoSock said...

Yook is bound and determined to hurt someone down that baseline tonight!

L-girl said...

if the rockies only want to score one run per game, we're looking at a sweep :)

tim said...

The Clemens commercial used to annoy me until Clemens imploded this season. Now I love it. I keep saying that he should have had better cell service and spared himself a last season embarrassment.

LMAO! me too! Thats what you get with a shitty cell provider!

westcoastsox said...

I don't need no stinkin' Cialis: I have a Papelboner.

nixon33 said...

it's........

Amy said...

The Sweet Caroline story is here

L-girl said...

maybe they should just call it papelbon instead of cialis

"honey, have you taken your papelbon today?"

westcoastsox said...

From wikipedia:

Fans of the pitcher have taken to using the phrase "Habeas Corpas" - a pun on the writ of Habeas Corpus - to refer to both Corpas himself as a nickname and to the great aid he generally offers the Rockies with his effective closing ability.

redsock said...

Papel-boner?

SoSock said...

Thanks Amy :)
Is Boston where they started the whole "crowd fills in the .oh..oh..oh.., etc. lines" thing?

L-girl said...

we just call him the porpoise

"your highness your highness"

Amy said...

maybe they should just call it papelbon instead of cialis

HEHEHE

Lord Lynch said...

Nice and quick Paps, there's a good chap.

I need my sleep.

L-girl said...

INEVITABLE!!!!

Lord Lynch said...

2 left

thatdietcokegirl said...

1 snuff.

westcoastsox said...

2

nixon33 said...

L-girl said...
it's.....?


INEVITABLE!

tim said...

ROFL @ Cialis/paps comment (L)

helton K- fuck yah!

Amy said...

TWO to go.

Not sure where the crowd fill ins started. I never heard it before Fenway. I never heard anyone sing it besides Neil Diamond and I never liked him.

redsock said...

bot to helton: 96 96 96 97 96 98

buh bye.

Lord Lynch said...

This has been an endurance test tonight. Eyes are suffering. Looking forward to the night off.

Please Paps. I am begging you.

Ben said...

it's.....?

Jonathan Papelbon's Flying Circus?

L-girl said...

nix, i got it as soon as i asked :)

Lord Lynch said...

One out til bedtime.

westcoastsox said...

1

tim said...

Am I the only one that thinks every time they say his name, it will be "Garrett Atkins(on)?"

Amy said...

One more to go. Just one. I am ready.

L-girl said...

inevitable

inevitable

inevitable

inevitable

inevitable

Amy said...

A strike to go, and we are 2-0. Shhh.

Amy said...

John Henry covering his ears. Wuss.

tim said...

(cues up "Dirty Water" as well as "shippin out to boston")

SoSock said...

The 2nd pitch to Hawpe = The definition of "Overmatched"

phrenile said...

Woohoo.

westcoastsox said...

DIRTY WATAH!!!!

Amy said...

WOW! LOVE IT! A swinging K!

Lord Lynch said...

Night Night Rockies.

night night all.

Papelbon. I love that man.

L-girl said...

MAGIC NUMBER = 2

we are two wins away from winning the world series yo!

redsock said...

THIS IS FUN ... AND EASY!

nixon33 said...

RIGHT ON L-GIRL!!!!!

WE DID IT 2-0 AT HOME in the WS>
LETS END THIS SHIT IN COL!!!!!!!

L-girl said...

i love that we can win 13-1 and we can win 2-1

this is such a great team!!!!

redsock said...

snuffer seems pleased.

SoSock said...

Pardon me - Hawpes at bat =
The definition of "Overmatched" !!

Magic # - TWOOOOOOOO!!!

tim said...

WELL I LOVE THAT DUHTY WATAH

OHHH BAHSTON YOUH MAH HOMEEEEE

L-girl said...

that bot puppet is awesome!

thatdietcokegirl said...

omg the papelbon jig puppet in the bleachers! haha!

omg 2-0. (happy. joy. happy!!!)

Amy said...

Well, Denver should be interesting. At least the Rockies kept it closer tonight. I will be watching the Saturday game with "ppl" as Tim likes to say. Friends down here in DC who are still loyal to the Sox despite the relocation.

Enjoy the day off!

tim said...

I totally did a playlist with dirty water and shippin up to boston, and forgot about shippin...this was a great surprise!!! lol

ish said...

TWO DOWN.

TWO TO GO!

L-girl said...

good night all

enjoy the day off! (how are we gonna stand it???)

thatdietcokegirl said...

i'm so ready for coors field. bring it ;)

tim said...

i love that we can win 13-1 and we can win 2-1

this is such a great team!!!!


"i fragging love this team!!!"

(guess who tims embodying contest starts now - win a free taco! lol)

westcoastsox said...

Night everyone!

SoSock said...

Nice
Schillajeemabot holds the Rox to 1 run...AGAIN!
I said Sox in 5 on RS's poll before the start - now I'm thinking I may have gone 1 too high :)

tim said...

i'm so ready for coors field. bring it ;)

My interpretation of coors field = buy like 48 bottles of coors light to fill my fridge (field). After I drink all of them, I should feel as good as i do now after one+ bottle of vino!

thatdietcokegirl said...

My interpretation of coors field = buy like 48 bottles of coors light to fill my fridge (field). After I drink all of them, I should feel as good as i do now after one+ bottle of vino!

haha. (an image of a dr dre fridge full O' 40s just fluttered through my mind) *bounce*

this does feel good. i just wonder how it will pan out. will the rockies come alive? take two out of three at home? will we just pwn them in the next two and win on the road?

swami, *snap* i need you ;p

tim said...

haha. (an image of a dr dre fridge full O' 40s just fluttered through my mind) *bounce*

lol...coors light to me = water. i actually was at a bar over the summer (inside), saw a waitress bringing out a pitcher of water to the patio and said "oh look! someone ordered coors light!" she was like "huh" and went outside and delivered the pitcher...as she came back in the door was like "hahahahaha!"

thats how i roll...

huh?

anyway...sleep time. lates y'all!

Zenslinger said...

I didn't enjoy the Other Bar that much, but had a bit of fun after coming home to The Bar.

I need the day off, too. Even on the West Coast with no extra-innings nail biters, it's taking a toll.

2-0!

tim said...

so stoked for this weekend! got the haüs to myself - bigass place, probably like 0.5 mil - ppl im rentin from are goin to new yohk for the weeknd. should be a good weekend! food and wine basically! with a pregame shot of Johnnie here n there, and a beer taboot, see y'all saturday! sorry for using that shit "y'all" but it really is a good word to say something to the general crowd of a place....eeeee.... anyway night!

Ofer said...

Oh Yeah! We're halfway to my prediction (Sox in 4, to those who haven't been paying attention- which is probably everyone...). And, the Spiders' Den mojo is proving plenty strong- 5/5 Glenfiddichs for me.

BTW, my nails are bitten down. Now that was a well-pitched game. Oh, and I love playoff Tito. He's the man.

thatdietcokegirl said...

so stoked for this weekend! got the haüs to myself - bigass place, probably like 0.5 mil - ppl im rentin from are goin to new yohk for the weeknd. should be a good weekend! food and wine basically! with a pregame shot of Johnnie here n there, and a beer taboot, see y'all saturday! sorry for using that shit "y'all" but it really is a good word to say something to the general crowd of a place....eeeee.... anyway night!

cool so we're all invited over right? haüs-party? ;D

ps. nothing wrong with y'all. i'm about as anti-hick as they come yet i love throwing it out there once and awhile :)

tim said...

lol glenfiddich eh...this scotch is killin me - fuckin johnny wlaker. ;-)

(yeah im stalkin...sue me!)

tim said...

well OF COURSE you're all invited to ze haüs! BBQ and spinach and vino for all!!! the question of you being able to MAKE IT here is the only problem that faces me......

thatdietcokegirl said...

oh cool 'baseball tonight' is coming from fenway :)

tim said...

#700! (possibly)

Love the Jimi quote on the blog.

Had some GD "Scarlet Begonias" goin and thought it was post-able for some reason. Oh well, later all! (doubtful but u never kno!!!)

Jere said...

redsox.com headline below pic of Schill reads "Commander in Chief." Terrible! Change that! (Unless they were just looking for a "command"-related pun and totally didn't think of the fact that Curty likes Dubya. But I doubt it.

2-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It doesn't have the same feel as 2004... And that's awesome! Because it's just as fun.

Colin said...

Well turns out I won the toss, hence my lack of blog posts. It was a great game, a little cold, but still a good game. The crowd went nuts for the Bot and so did I. Our offense needed some work trying to get through the gaps but we got what we needed for the win.

Turns out my brother didn't really want the ticket anyway. He had work tomorrow and since he was late in the morning. I still feel good about offering him the ticket, but he insisted I go when I pressed giving him the ticket anyway. At least he's getting a good night's sleep unlike me.

Go Sox! (need I even say it?)

redsock said...

NYDN: "In July, Rudy Giuliani swore he would never back Red Sox"

Stupid asshole.

Amy said...

Colin, I wondered if you had gone to the game. That's so cool! Where were you sitting?

L-girl said...

Catching up on the gamethread this morning is extra hilarious.

And our Colin was at the game!! Alright!!

It definitely doesn't feel like 2004 but thank goddess for that. Nothing ever will again. There is and will only be one 2004.

This is 2007 and I love this FRAGGIN team!

L-girl said...

oh cool 'baseball tonight' is coming from fenway :)

jealous!

Colin said...

I had seats in the loge box courtesy of my uncle's company. It was a wee nippy but luckily I bundled up.

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