The Promised Land: Rockies-Sox WS Gamer I

It is tempting to describe the upcoming battle in some sort of overarching, grandiose, biblical verbiage:

The Colorado Rockies, seemingly the team of destiny, believing in God and each other, written off only to rise again and conquer the forces that stood in their way. The Boston Red Sox, already having traveled down that path, stand as the final formidable foe — the Goliath, if you will, armed with baseball’s best record, baseball’s best postseason starters, baseball’s best power combination, baseball’s best bullpen and closer. This postseason, after all, has already experienced the literal plague of gnats, which descended to defeat the first mighty giant to stalk the game’s October landscape.

But let’s get a grip. This is a game, albeit one that’s clearly been a lot of fun for the Rockies and Red Sox this month. The Rockies were indeed seemingly dead one month ago and have since played like a team with nothing to lose. The Sox already vanquished their demons three years ago and instead of seeking to banish history are hoping to write it, playing with the easy confidence of a veteran team that’s been here before. This has the potential to be a very good, tight World Series.

We’ve waited all season for this. Even prayed for it. Finally, it’s here. Game 1 of the World Series. Josh Beckett v. Jeff Francis. Comment away!

Red Sox

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Julio Lugo, SS
9. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

SP – Josh Beckett

Rockies

1. Willy Taveras, CF
2. Kaz Matsui, 2B
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Todd Helton, 1B
5. Garrett Atkins, 3B
6. Brad Hawpe, RF
7. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
8. Yorvit Torrealba, C
9. Ryan Spilborghs, DH

SP – Jeff Francis

351 comments… add one
  • This is all assuming they play the game of course. I could be OK with an hour or two rain delay. Then I wouldn’t have to miss the first half of the game!

    Paul SF October 24, 2007, 5:37 pm
  • Paul, the rain means only one thing, keeping with the theme of your first two paragraphs: God is crying because the Yanks aren’t in the World Series.

    Nick-YF October 24, 2007, 5:41 pm
  • Amen brother Nick.

    IronHorse (yf) October 24, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • Crying with joy, yes.

    Paul SF October 24, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • Heathen.

    IronHorse (yf) October 24, 2007, 5:48 pm
  • Re. the weather… What I’ve read suggests the rain will be light early on, but getting heavier closer to 11 pm. That raises the prospect of a game that becomes official getting called before 9 innings are played. Which could leave either team feeling gypped.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 5:57 pm
  • Guess we should hope for a Red Sox blowout then. Just so no one from Colorado can complain…

    Paul SF October 24, 2007, 6:01 pm
  • I’ll be inconsolable if the game gets cut short… and I’ll probably pass out from excited anticipation if the start time gets delayed. I guess a Sox blowout in the early going would be acceptable though, Paul. :)

    Jackie (SF) October 24, 2007, 6:07 pm
  • A post-season game getting called early is just wrong. I really hope that doesn’t happen even (and I can’t believe I am saying this) if the Rockies are winning after 5. I just can’t see them calling a game short like that.

    IronHorse (yf) October 24, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • Go Rockies!

    G-D October 24, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • Has there ever been a post-season game called before 9 innings?
    In the early days of the World Series, there were several tie games called because of darkness in extra innings.

    Ron Newman October 24, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • I think God may be rooting for the Rockies, but G-d should be rooting for the Sox, since we have at least one Jew on the roster.

    Jackie (SF) October 24, 2007, 6:15 pm
  • // I just can’t see them calling a game short like that. //
    Yeah, but if it’s absolutely torrential, what do you do?

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 6:16 pm
  • Call the game for the moment and play later from the same spot? (Like they did with that Yankees-Orioles game this year.)

    Devine October 24, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • Playoff games would be suspended and resumed if weather intrudes, not called and awarded to a team, I believe.

    SF October 24, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • So, when does a game get called as opposed to continued later? Is that at the umpires’ discretion? Is there a rule that postseason games must be completed? (Ought to be.)

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • “Yeah, but if it’s absolutely torrential, what do you do?”
    Award a victory to the team that plays at the highest altitude.

    IronHorse (yf) October 24, 2007, 6:31 pm
  • It would have been funny as hell if Cleveland had won the ALCS, only to be snowed out during a World Series game in Denver.

    Ron Newman October 24, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • Rob SF October 24, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • One… hour… to… go… Time… slowing… DOWN…

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • If only “Willy Taveras” were some bizarre composite of the two most frustrating Sox players from the first half of this year.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • if a World Series game is diusrupted by rain, MLB should conclude the game tomorrow afternoon. Neither team should be ripped of what could happen in late innings. In the regular season its fine because things like that tend to even themselves out, but that shouldnt happen in the World Series. If they cant get it in, dont try.

    TJ October 24, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Long gone are the talks about swapping Lowell for Helton, eh?

    Anonymous October 24, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • me

    SF October 24, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Long gone for now maybe. I think it may have been interesting to see how that trade worked out, but I will take the outcome of the non-trade right now.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • if a World Series game is diusrupted by rain, MLB should conclude the game tomorrow afternoon. Neither team should be ripped of what could happen in late innings.
    I agree with this, not least because I think our bullpen is significantly better than Colorado’s.
    *knocks on every available wood surface*

    Jackie (SF) October 24, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • just a few minutes away…

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Why is Varitek batting 6th, and Drew 7th? I’m confused. ESPECIALLY considering how well Drew did in the ALCS.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Unsure Atheose, maybe to break up two guys hitting Left in a row against Francis?
    I know that Tek is a switchie, but perhaps to avoid the lefty out of the bullpen later in the game?

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • John Williams is the freakin’ MAN.

    attackgerbil October 24, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • John Williams?!?!? Holy shit! Can we get some star wars music afterwards?

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Gave me shivers.

    attackgerbil October 24, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Did we get Ronan Tynan for the 7th inning stretch?

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Go Yankees!

    Nick-YF October 24, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Ronan Tynan is that Irish tenor the Yankees always get, right? He’s fricken amazing.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Sorry, wrong thread. MEant to post it on the “Pena v. Mattingly v Girardi Gamer I” thread

    Nick-YF October 24, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Yes he is Atheose. I honestly doubt we got that guy, just figured with the week the Yanks had I would throw that out. A little tongue in cheek.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Ok Nick.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Can we start this damn game? The rain ain’t waiting.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Sorry, wrong thread. MEant to post it on the “Pena v. Mattingly v Girardi Gamer I” thread
    HEHEHEHEHE well played, sir. Well played.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Wow, apparently I’m not the only one who wants to get this game started. Todd Helton went through that lineup in about 10 seconds.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Another damn commercial. This is getting old quickly.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Oh God, McCarver still hasn’t been fired?
    Beckett fires it in there for strike 1.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Strike 1…underway

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Rung up looking

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Beckett getting a called strike-3 on the outside corner. One down.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Beckett behind Matsui 3-0

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Beckett behind in the count to Kaz, thanks to a poor ball-2 count by the ump.
    Make that 3-1.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • 10 straight fastballs from Beckett, 2 K’s. Looks like everyone is waiting for his curve.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • SF October 24, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • 14 straight fastballs, 3 K’s. That’s how you start a fucking World Series.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Strikes out the side on 15 pitches.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Is that other fans green with envy flying overhead?

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Why did it have to rain TONIGHT? Beckett is on. The last thing we need is delay.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • YAZ doing the lineup!!

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • PEDROIA! LEAD-OFF HOMER!

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • PEDROIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LEADOFF EFFIN HOMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • YOUK!!! With the double.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • WHEEEEE!!!!

    SF October 24, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Youk doubles in the gap. Rockies looking mighty rusty.
    If Pedroia and Youk hit well all series, this might get ugly.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Papi bunting?

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Pedroia homers and Youk doubles… and Ortiz wastes a strike on a bunt-attempt?
    *scratches head*

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Papi grounds out to Helton, Youk to 3rd.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Good hitting by Papi to get Youk to third.
    Fundamentals.

    SF October 24, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Manny with the sweetstroke to left on the 1st pitch. Youk scores.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Ortiz moves the runner over, and Manny knockes him in on the first pitch. Rockies infield was playing in, for some reason.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Bad new for Rockies fans – God is a Red Sox fan!

    Tom sf October 24, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • I love this game but I HATE THE TAUNTING CUT IT OUT FENWAY.

    Jackie (SF) October 24, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • new=news

    Tom sf October 24, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Low strike called on Lowell.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Lowell should be on base right now.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • I agree Jackie… let’s keep the cheering positive. These aren’t the Yankees we’re playing.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Man, I hate to sound old, but basically there’s no way I can stay up for this whole game, if they get nine in. It’s 9PM for heck’s sake, already, and the first isn’t even over yet.

    SF October 24, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • TO be honest I kinda want ‘Tek to hurry up and strikeout so Beckett can get back out there. I don’t think we’re going to get more than 6 innings in tonight, and I want to see Beckett out there for as much as possible.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Tek rips one for a single, two on for JD.

    SF October 24, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Tek singles to left, Manny to 2nd.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • SF, that’s what I’ve hated about the MLB playoffs in the last few years. They put the starting time at 8pm, and it doesn’t start until 8:30+ because of all the ceremony crap.
    Not that I don’t like seeing the ’67 crew out there throwing out the first pitch, but you know what I mean.
    DREW with a big double! 3-0 Sox, Lugo up.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • I know what you mean SF. I went to bed early the last two nights earlier than normal to try and plan for this. My kids are older than your youngin. Mine are a little more self sufficient at this point.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • JD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3-0 Sox on a double, Tek held at third, a bit conservative, but can’t argue with him not running into the end of the inning with Francis struggling.

    SF October 24, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Come on Lugo!!

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Glad to know I’m not the only one who is already sleepy! Normally I’m a west coaster and I can last a whole game but I’m in Florida (to see my friend go up in the shuttle – yay!) and wondering how on earth you people do this week in and week out.

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • The kids basically get up between 6 and 7, so going to bed at midnight (at least intermittently) isn’t too terrible, but the little girl is teething, so there’s just no guarantee of even six hours of sleep right now. If I stop posting, it’s because I am watching in the bedroom…

    SF October 24, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • I hate Lugo. Useless.

    SF October 24, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Rain falling harder.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Atkins and Helton make a GREAT play to get Lugo out.
    I’m happy, because tonight is all about Beckett.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Useless. I hate Lugo. That was a nice play, but it was a nice play on a lame bouncer.

    SF October 24, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Dammit Lugo. Nice plays by Atkins and Helton.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • God I hate Lugo. The ONLY guy on the team (esp. after that Drew grannie) that I legitimately dislike.
    Why was he hitting 8th?!?

    Jackie (SF) October 24, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Beckett vs God. Who wins?
    Trick question–Beckett IS God.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • you think there is gonna be a rain break?

    mike October 24, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Anyone else nervous about a long delay ending Beckett’s night? And that was one hell of a defensive play. 3-0 llead after the 1st inning of the 1st game of the World Series – what a great start!

    JD October 24, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • SF, my boys are 13 and 12 now. Makes things much easier on this end.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • I think there will be several, Mike. In fact, I doubt we play a full 9 innings tonight.
    Ball 1 to Helton.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • First curve from Beckett.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Beckett throws his first non-fastball, after throwing 17 straight. Then he blows one by Helton, seemingly unfazed by the rain.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • 4th K of the game for Beckett.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Damn! 4 batters, 4Ks. I sure hope he gets all his innings in.

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Atkins with a double.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Atkins crushes a ball off the monster, 1 yard from a homer.
    I blame Joe Buck for calling his curveball “unhittable”

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • 5th K. Hawpe goes down swinging.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Hawpe strikes out. Beckett ties the record for strikeouts to start a World Series game.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • I’ll see your rookies hit and call with our rookie.
    Tulowitzki doubles in Atkins.
    3-1

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Tulowitzki crushes a double off the wall, Rockies on the board. Come on Beckett, can’t use nothing but fastballs. Just cause Atkins hit your curve doesn’t mean you can’t go back to it.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Atheose – I thought the record was for 5 consecutive Ks? Didn’t the hit from batter #5 break that up?

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Ground out to Lugo to end the inning.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Inning over. Ellsbury leading off.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • I’m not sure RBF, I guess it could be interpreted either way.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Wow – is Jacoby Ellsbury 12? Looking at him makes me feel REALLY old….

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Go-Go Bunny downs looking.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Pedroia grounds out to Atkins.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • “For the first time in World Series history, a pitcher struck out 3 straight batters in the first inning”
    RBF, apparently the “5 strikeouts in a row” record was just for outs, whether or not they were broken up by hits.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Youk draws the walk after starting 0-2.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Thank goodness Youk walks. Now Ortiz doesn’t have to lead-off next inning.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Damn, thought Papi had sliced that fair for a minute.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Thanks goodness Youk walked so Papi can drive him in!

    JD October 24, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Youk runs his ass off and scores on a papi double. 4-1 Sox.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Papi singles in Youk all the way from 1st.
    4-1
    I did not think that Youk was going to make it when he rounded third.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Papi doubles actually.
    Walking Manny intenionally.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Francis at 52 pitches already.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Lowell pops up to Matsui to end the inning.
    Papi and Manny stranded.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Youk does NOT look like he is built to be running like that….

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Wow, those first two pitches were strikes! Stupid ump with an inconsistent strikezone.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • “In 20 minutes it’s going to pick up in intensity”
    Shit.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Beckett gets Spilborgh on a liner to Pedroia after falling behind 3-0.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • What did he say about the rain? My kids are making an unbelievable amount of noise and I couldn’ hear it.

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Manny with another one of those dangerous “how the hell did he get that” catches.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Tim McCarver: “Willy Taveras is not a pull-hitter”
    Taveras accepts the jinx and pulls a ball to deep left field. Manny tracks it down though.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • RBF, in about 20 minutes it will get more intense, but not a downpour.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • RBF, he said the rain is going to increase in intensity in the next 20 minutes.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • 1-2-3 inning for Beckett. 37 pitches after 3, though with the rain coming that probably means nothing. I would be surprised if Beckett pitched more than 5 when all is said and done.
    Good thing we added Snyder to the roster. We’re going to need some long relief.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Pop out to Lugo to end the inning.
    Francis 57 pitches 2 IP
    Beckett 38 pitches 3 IP

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Tek K’s to leadoff the inning.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Drew grounds out.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Lugo bunts his way on as Atkins over runs the ball.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Man is Lugo speedy

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Ellsbury grounds out.
    Francis now at 71 pitches.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Holliday grounds out to start the inning.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • “…Francis now at 71 pitches…”
    i understand this strategy….he’s trying to slow the game down hoping for a rainout…brilliant

    dc October 24, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Not sure on that DC, the umps seem to want to get this one in and as long as a downpour doesn’t happen I see the full game getting played.
    Atkins down swinging on a devastating curve.
    6th K.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • 7th K. Hawpe goes down swinging.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:54 pm
  • Has there been an official word on when they finish this if they have to call it for rain?

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Pedroia grounds out to start the inning.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • I haven’t heard them say anything RBF.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Youk pops out to Matsui in fould territory.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Papi slice one to left field.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Manny doubles to right center, Ortiz in to 3rd. Ortiz’s knee just looks painful.
    Time for Mikey Lowell to do something at the plate tonight and knock in some runs.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Lowell being walked.
    Please Tek, knock some runs in to send Francis to the showers.
    Morales up in the Rox Pen.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Another shot of the musical bullpen concerto.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Tek with shot down the third base line. A fan interferes with the ball. Tek awarded a double, 2 runs score.
    6-1

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • On the replay a fan did “interfere” with the ball. It bounced up in the stands.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Way to punish them for the IBB to Lowell, ‘tek!

    bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • looked like a ground rule double, didn’t it?

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Drew down swinging on an ugly swing.
    Francis now at 103 pitches. He has to be thinking that it wasn’t this hard when they came to Fenway earlier this year.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • Boston looks calm and confident, just what you want to see… 6-1!!!

    Ed October 24, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • It was on the replay RBF, Buck said a fan interfered.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Tulowitzki grounds out to star the inning.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Torrealba is the 8th K of the night on a nasty curveball.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Boy, Fox is REALY trying to jinx Beckett, aren’t they?

    bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • That would be REALLY. Ugh

    bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Spilborghs walks. Could have been called out looking twice. Both pitches were a little outside, but those pitches have been called both ways already tonight.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • I think Fox tries to jinx the favored team.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that Beckett’s going to go longer than 5 innings.

    academic-SF October 24, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Tavares pops out to 2nd to end the inning.
    Beckett with 69 pitches through 5.
    The walk he issued that inning is the 2nd one he has given up this postseason.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • I think so Academic. No need to pull him unless we get one of those long innings or a rain delay.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Morales now pitching.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Lugo with a liner up the middle to leadoff.
    Have him steal Tito. Ellsbury up.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Lugo leads off the bottom of the 5th against Morales with a single.
    “Overmatched” is the only word to describe what the Rockies have looked like so far…

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Ellsbury bunts to Morales who turns and throws Lugo out at 2nd.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Man, bad bunt or good play or both?

    bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Ellsbury needs to steal so I can make a run south of the border tomorrow and get me a free Taco.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Why play small ball there? Runner on 1st, no outs… If the Sox play it straight, they’re almost sure to get to Papi/Manny.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • I agree Hudson, overmatched is about the most appropriate word.
    When Padroia hit that leadoff homer I could only think; “Welcome to Boston Francis.”

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Balk!

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Balk called.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Morales screwed me out of my Taco.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Ellsbury over on a balk… and America’s waistline only stays slightly obese.

    academic-SF October 24, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • I think both on that bunt play BD.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Morales seems like he’s throwing a heck of a lot faster than Francis.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • But he didn’t fool Youks!
    7-1 Sox on the single.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Youk drives in Ellsbury.
    7-1

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • What the hell are we going to do in Colorado????

    bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • GET ME MY TACO YOUK!!

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Another run, Ortiz doubles, 8-1.
    At some point you have to start thinking: Do the Sox have enough of a lead to pull Beckett early, and bring him back for Game 4?
    I doubt it, because it’s not Francona’s style, and making sure of a win tonight is job #1.
    But it’s a thought.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • BD – I think giving Ortiz a night off is in order. His knee seems to be killing him and Youk is hot. At least for the first game.

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Papi with a double up the middle. Youk scores.
    8-1 Sox

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • the Indians looked overmatched in game one as well, but won game two.
    Is it just me or does it seem like Buck and McCarver love everything the Rockies do, even as they are down 8-1?

    SF October 24, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • My wife just said that Ortiz will get us the taco. Poor woman has lost her mind.

    bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • Buck and Dummy like anything any of the small market teams do to the big boys.
    Let Beckett keep his normal rest. No sense in messing with his rythym right now. Ortiz should definately sit one or possibly two games in Colorado.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Red Sox can do no wrong. 9-1 on the Manny single.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Much as I loathe Buck/McCarver, I think they’ve been somewhat more evenhanded than usual.
    And in a lopsided game like this, they have to try to keep the Colorado fans and the casual viewers involved…
    And Manny knocks in the 9th run. Now thinking more seriously about that Beckett idea… Pull him early?

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • This sucks. It’s almost 11 and only the 5th. And I have to teach in the morning. crap crap crap!

    bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Ortiz will get us our Taco?
    What? Possibly all of the Rox getting his with some kind of futuristic freeze ray gun?
    Manny with another RBI. Manny is now 3-3 tonight.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Sox are 14 for 28 with 3 walks tonight. This lineup is just ridiculous. Top of the order is unstoppable right now.

    JD October 24, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Ohhh, and Lowell piles on with a double, no more runs in, 2nd and 3rd, 2 outs.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Lowell hits a double, tying the record for most extra base-hits in a world series game.
    Stop scoring! I don’t want Beckett’s arm to get cold!

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Make that 15 for 29. this is great.

    JD October 24, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • I agree Hudson. 9-1, would put us in some good positioning later in the series.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Wow. 8 doubles in one game…c’mon ‘Tek! Double digits!

    bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • No, Beckett should pitch. At least one more inning, but if it’s a clean one that’s it, I would think.

    SF October 24, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Morales seems gun-shy now. Not wanting to put more pitches over the plate and see them get smacked.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • The only musical instrument missing in the bullpen is a banjo.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • By the way, this game isn’t official until we get through the 5th.
    Bases loaded for Drew.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Rob SF, Colorado would then have nightmares of ‘Deliverance.’ Stick the banjo bat in Youks hand, and watch them squeal!

    bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • OK, so pulling Beckett early goes against baseball conventional wisdom.
    But say, theoretically, that Drew made it 13-1 here. How big a lead would be enough to go to the pen early? 20-1?

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • Tek walks.
    SHUT THE HELL UP DUMMY. DON’T TALK ABOUT THAT YANKEE-SOX GAME!!

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • I agree SF. Let Beckett pitch the 6th, but pull him after that unless he’s still below 80 pitches.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Drew with an infield single, deflected by the shortstop. 10-1 Sox, bases loaded for Lowell.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Well, 13-1 would be another story. Almost there…

    SF October 24, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • JD grounds one up the middle, off the glove of the Rockies’ shortstop (not going to try to spell his name).
    10-1 Sox.
    Bags still loaded, 2 outs, Lugo coming up.
    Morales coming out. Speier in.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • I understand what your saying Hudson. I am starting to think that with the legnth of the inning and the score there may be no need to bring Beckett back out. The problem is we have not started to warm anyone up. I think that the 6th should be Beckett’s last inning.
    Drew with a single up the middle off the glove of Tulowitzki, one run scores…10-1

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • This game is not official yet! Lugo, I demand that you step on home plate while attempting to bunt, ending the 5th inning.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Ok, wife wants the laptop..Go Sox!!!

    bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Lugo is pretty much the only Red Sox starter who hasn’t had a huge moment so far this postseason… Drove in a run or two, but no signature hit. Maybe here?

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • I thinkj the game is official now since the home team is ahead. I don’t think you have to finish the 5th.

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Here’s a quote from the ESPN chat. It came just before Drew’s single:
    JONAH KERI: If Manny steals home and wins tacos for all of America, it would instantly become one of the top 10 moments in playoff history

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Beckett’s at 69 pitches, so I guess you bring him back no matter what for one more, unless JLug goes yard here or something.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • The ump’s strikezone has gotten tiny this inning. I almost feel sorry for the Rockies.
    Almost.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • “Manny steals home.” Comic gold, there.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Lugo is walked. Drives a run in.
    11-1

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Lugo draws the walk for run #11. Ellsbury up.
    I thought you had to go 5-and-a-half (i.e., middle of the 6th) to make it official, but I may be stuck back in Babe Ruth League c. 1983…

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Lugo walks in a run. Ellsbury the only player without a hit, bases loaded.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • My God this is a blow out

    Ed October 24, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • OK, I think that limb I went out on is starting to crack… with an 11-1 lead, methinks it’s time for Kyle Snyder to shine

    academic-SF October 24, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • can we transfer some of these runs for tommorow?

    Ed October 24, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • The Rockies pitchers have actually quieted the Fenway crowd… by getting hit so hard that people are getting comfortable.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • 12-1. Ugly, in a beautiful way.

    SF October 24, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • 3-2 pitch to Jacoby…
    Walks him. 12-0.
    This is getting silly. Francona should have someone up just on g.p., since Beckett has been sitting for something like 45 minutes.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Muy 7 year old is begging for a major league mercy rule….

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • I wouldn’t pitch beckett given the amount of down time he’s had, what’s the point with this lead? Save his arm in case we need him for game 4… another run walked in… yikes this is ridiculous… just remember it’s only one game no matter how badly we beat them

    Ed October 24, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Ellsbury walks. 12-1.
    Pedroia walks. Maybe Spieir just needs to hang a meatball and clear the bases. Give him a chance to start the whole thing over.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • (Sorry, 12-1, not 12-0.)

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • this has been a 28 minute inning… now probably 29

    Ed October 24, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Ellsbury walks! 12-1 Sox, bases loaded for Dustin “I can hit homeruns” Pedroia.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Speier can’t seem to find the plate.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Buck just defined “batting around”… thanks Buck

    Ed October 24, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Ump just gave him a low-and-outside strike, out of sympathy.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • He walks Dustin, third walk in a row, 13-1.
    Embarrassing.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Wow, this strikezone is non-existent. This umpire is being a huge dick, even though we’re benefiting from it.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Is Speier related to the pitcher on the Angels bullpen staff?

    Ed October 24, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Pedroia walks. Speier leaving the mound.
    13-1

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • This is brutal. Get someone up, Tito.

    SF October 24, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Only 29 minutes? Seems like an eternity.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Buck made a funny… “Tell Jimenez to go home he doesn’t want to see anymore of this.”

    Ed October 24, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • It’s now like 35 minutes Hudson

    Ed October 24, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Unsure Ed.
    The Ump should be quadrupling the strikezone at this point to speed the game along.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Here’s what I got off of mlb.com:
    c) If a game is called, it is a regulation game:
    (1) If five innings have been completed;
    (2) If the home team has scored more runs in four or four and a fraction half-innings than the visiting team has scored in five completed half-innings;

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Colorado hurlers have thrown 154 pitches through 4 and 2/3rds innings.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • Herges starts Youk off with a strike.
    YAY!!!

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • Youks pops up. So it’s official, either way.
    A tornado would be appropriate right about now. End this early.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • Youk pops out to end the inning.

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • Thanks for the info, RBF. For some reason I had it in my mind that it had to be a full 5 innings, even if the home team was up.
    Youk pops up finally. Beckett out for the 6th.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • RBF:
    I believe those rules are discretionary in the playoffs.

    SF October 24, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • hope Beckett isn’t stiff

    Ed October 24, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Some fun facts:
    -Every player has a hit except Ellsbury
    -Every player has an RBI except Lowell
    -Every player has a run scores except Lugo
    -Every player has drawn a walk except Ortiz and Drew
    Meanwhile, every Colorado player has struck out except Tulowitzki and Spilborghs

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Wonder if we’ll see Coco, Cora, Hinske, et al. in the last few innings.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Beckett back in.
    With this wet grass, I’m mainly now concerned that the game get finished without injuries.
    A Gagne appearance seems likely.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Atheose – thsoe numbers are sick. Just hope we haven’t blown the was tonight.

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Great snag by Youk, but Kaz beats out Beckett by a half-step.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • wad, not was

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • Hudson – as in hoping if someone gets injured, it’s Gagne? :)

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • Boston has had 23 baserunners already.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • right place right time

    Ed October 24, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Great play by Pedroia for a double play. 2 outs after 6 pitches, Mr. MVP up.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Sweet snag by Dustin.
    Yeah, now there’s a thought — make Gagne throw three innings, blow his arm out.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • My mistake, Helton up, not Holliday. He promptly lines a single back up the middle, Beckett getting hit hard this inning.
    Atkins up. 77 pitches for Becks.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • 2-out single for Helton. Beckett at 77.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Thats all for me folks. Early morning tomorrow. Have a good night….Go Sox!!

    Rob SF October 24, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Yeah, now there’s a thought — make Gagne throw three innings, blow his arm out.
    Or better yet, take away his cleats and make him play center field. It shouldn’t take long for him to slip on the wet grass and break a leg.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • First-pitch flyout ends the inning, 78 for Beckett.
    I can’t see any justification for not going to Lester/MDC/Gagne to finish this up.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Or Snyder, even.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • don’t we need lester for game 4?

    Ed October 24, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • It’s hard to imagine that the Rockies won’t collect themselves and make the next couple of games more competitive.
    Or is this the Cards 2004 redux?

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Use Snyder for two. He hasn’t pitched in a few weeks and could use some work.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Working on Beckett’s spikes? Is he seriously going to pitch the 7th?

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • OMG, I think Dane Cook broke my TV.
    Oh its back…phew.

    Bostondreamer October 24, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • 3-2 to Papi, who flies out weakly to left.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • HAHA Royce and Coco talking about their free tacos.
    “How you supposed to walk into Taco Bell and say I ain’t got my taco?”

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • I don’t really see a big difference between 78 pitches and ninety pitches. Beckett may come back out.
    Lester probably won’t pitch tonight since he’s scheduled to start game four. Maybe Timlin, when was the last time he threw?

    SF October 24, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Considering that those tacos cost about 7 cents each to make, Taco Bell is getting its money’s worth in advertising out of this promotion.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • BD – Dane Cook DID break my 3 year old. Every time those commercials come on, he yells, “There’s only one October!”

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • it’s been awhile for Timlin, but I’d stretch Snyder out a little, then close with gagne

    Ed October 24, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • Hudson, Beckett still has his in-game arm protector on, so it looks like he’s coming back in for the 7th. I don’t like this one bit, even if the Red Sox have no intention of using Beckett in Game 4.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • Manny flies out to right.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • my only concern would be freak injury risk on a wet field, wrt Beckett.

    SF October 24, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • I suppose they don’t want Beckett coming back too strong? I don’t get why he’s going to come out again.

    Ed October 24, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • Oh, they’re bringing Beckett back out? That makes my stomach hurt.

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • That dancing kid is no Michael Jackson.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • I will bet my life that Snyder pitches tonight. He hasn’t been out there since September, and tonight is the perfect time to get in that work.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • Lowell walks.
    This game may not end until 1:15 am.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Another argument against bringing Bex back: Why give Colorado more looks at him?

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • HAHAHA Morales has an ERA of 94.50. 7 runs over 0.2 innings.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • So, best moment of the evening – definitely Royce Clayton and Coco discussing the taco situation. “I ain’t got my taco yet!” That needs to go on a tshirt.

    Jackie (SF) October 24, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Morales ERA right now: 94.50

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • Hudson, that’s a GREAT point that I didn’t think about.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • Atheose – jinx!!

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • Tek Ks on a full count, inning over.
    (Is that spastic kid the son of a Fox exec or something? _Why_ is he on?)

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • so much for coco having a bad knee… Ellsbury has clearly taken his spot

    Ed October 24, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Coco’s in the game. I bet if he gets on base next inning he tries to steal a base, just to make everyone happy about the tacos.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • why is Beckett out there, unexplainable

    Ed October 24, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • RBF–it’s not a jinx! I said it a good 45 seconds before you! *sticks tongue out*
    Jesus tapdancing christ, Beckett K’s Hawpe for strikeout #9.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Beckett back in. Wow.
    K #9. Impressive. But superfluous.
    Why?

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Manny’s out.
    Double down the line in left.
    Seriously, pull Beckett. This is just asking for an injury.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Wow, even McCarver and Buck are surprised that Beckett is out for the 7th.
    Tulowitzki doubles. Does Tito have Snyder up in the ‘pen yet?

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • By the way, just gotta say:
    The Red Sox infield is so goddamned solid. They hoover up pretty much everything.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Delcarmen up in the pen.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • The Red Sox infield is so goddamned solid. They hoover up pretty much everything.
    That’s a jinx if I’ve ever heard one.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • Tulowitzki’s idol is Jeter? He wears his cologne?
    Tool-owitzki.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • Joe Buck: “Driven, Derek Jeter’s cologne, is a breathtaking fragrance”
    I just threw up a little bit, in my mouth.

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • 3-2 to Spilborghs. (Spilborghs? Is that like Spielberg, but a different guy logged in his ancestors at Ellis Island?)

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • Fly-out to Coco.
    86 pitches for Josh through 7.
    Tell me that’s the end for him.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • Such a pretty face on that Ashanti.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • I was detecting a hint of sarcasm in his tone when he touted the cologne.
    Then I remembered who was speaking.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Beckett just adding to the resume. Christ, what a postseason.

    Devine October 24, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Am I the only one not too bothered by Josh pitching the seventh? I understand the feelings here, but if Beckett is so fragile that an extra three batters might cause injury that’s a bigger issue than just tonight.
    I don’t see a real diff between 78 and 90 pitches. Let the guy work, now take him out, for sure.

    SF October 24, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Fifth pitcher in for Colorado.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • Hudson: eww.
    World: Beckett!!!!!! How much better can one guy be when it matters the most?

    Brad October 24, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • It’s not facing three additional batters that bothers me, it’s the potential for some weird slipping accident in this rain…

    rootbeerfloat October 24, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • G’night all, see you tomorrow night at Schilling Standard Time

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • It’s not that he’s so fragile. It’s that (a) might as well save his energy, (b) give the Rockies fewer looks at him, and (c) not take any chances here at the very end.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • Drew pops out to short, 1 gone.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • i agree, why risk some freak accident with your ace?

    Ed October 24, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • Geez, Lugo is 3 for 4

    Atheose October 24, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • Lugo singles on a bouncer over 2nd base.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • Time for Jacoby to get a hit. He’s scored, but is the only hitless starter tonight.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • Nope. Fielder’s choice, JEll on 1st, 2 outs.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • Dustin flies out to center.
    Timlin apparently coming in. Why Timlin?

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • Does anyone here know if three consecutive walk-in runs is a postseason record?

    Ron Newman (SF) October 24, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • Cora at SS.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • Timmah gets a K.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • How corny to use that clichéd Japanese music there.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • Pop-out to ACor.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • The Rockies deserve to lose for those heinous uniforms alone. Hate that sleeveless look.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • So…Rockies streak not continuing so much, huh?
    That’s NOT to say I think they’re not a threat…lots of baseball left this season.

    Devine October 24, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • Timlin gets a second K, top of the 8th is history.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • Hinske in the on-deck circle.
    Gagme warming.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:57 pm
  • EHin whiffs.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:58 pm
  • CCri grounds out.

    Hudson October 24, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • Gagne to Helton: Pops out to Ellsbury.
    This is the quietest you’ll ever hear Fenway in the 9th inning of a *winning* postseason game.

    Hudson October 25, 2007, 12:04 am
  • Gagne to Atkins: Flyout to Crisp.
    Fenway cheering a little now with two outs.

    Hudson October 25, 2007, 12:05 am
  • Stick a fork in ‘er.

    Devine October 25, 2007, 12:07 am
  • Gagne to Hawpe: Ks him.
    Sox 1, Rockies 0.
    Three to go.

    Hudson October 25, 2007, 12:08 am
  • Gagne actually looks like his stuff’s there… still wouldn’t trust him in a tight game though

    Ed October 25, 2007, 12:08 am
  • 4-0, 1.20 ERA, 35 K, 2 BB.
    No…f***ing…way.

    Devine October 25, 2007, 12:11 am
  • It’s academic that in upcoming games, Boston’s offense will score fewer runs, and Boston’s pitching will allow more runs. But I’m hardly complaining…

    Hudson October 25, 2007, 12:14 am
  • Amazing. Eric Byrnes is even more annoying as a commentator than he is on the field.

    Hudson October 25, 2007, 12:15 am
  • Normally I don’t like brutalizing a team like this, because it usually just seems to energize them for the next few games, but in this case I’m wondering whether it might actually be really demoralizing. I mean, the Rockies come in on fire, having won 20 of 21 or whatever it was, and then just get the crap beaten out of them.
    It’s like, “Welcome to the AL, bitch!” or something… they must be a little bit shaken, no?

    Jackie (SF) October 25, 2007, 12:17 am
  • Goliath 1 – David 0

    Jim in Tokyo October 25, 2007, 2:58 am
  • sweep

    dc October 25, 2007, 8:37 am
  • Dare I go against the prophet that has been dc?
    I think I have to, to protect my team. NO SWEEP TALK, DAMMIT!!!!

    SF October 25, 2007, 8:50 am
  • Wow, just wow. Did I say “wow”?
    By the way, I have no trouble saying that with this post-season, Becks is legitimately in the running for the title of best pitcher in the game (better than Johan, even). This extra gear is the one I wanted to see. Still, I do wonder where this pitcher goes the rest of the year. What is it about October that makes him better? Because if he’s doing this in April and July, he takes the crown as he’s running off a few truly dominant seasons.
    As for the s-word, I’m worried about the match ups for Games 3 and 4 in Denver. Throwing off-speed stuff there is just different, and I don’t think Dice or Lester will have experienced anything like it before.
    Still, I like our chances. What a great fun romp we’ve had so far!

    Pete October 25, 2007, 8:57 am
  • I’m even unsure about tonight. Witness games 1/2 with the Indians. Like always, it rests on the arm of the starter, Schilling. If he can do the 6 inning 2 or 3 run thing then all is good barring a lights-out performance from Jimenez or a bullpen collapse.
    A sweep is improbable in any case, the Rockies were the best team at home in all of baseball in the second half. There is much work to be done.

    SF October 25, 2007, 9:00 am

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