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  • October 26th, 2007

    Red Sox 2, Colorado 1:
    A Totally Different Kind of Win….

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:31 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    But a win nonetheless…

    I admit it–I got choked up watching Curt Schilling walk off the mound after 5 1/3 innings of 1 run ball–this could be the last time he is seen in a Red Sox uniform–and that sucks….

    But last night was all about him, being wily enough to confuse the ever living crap out of the Rockies, limiting them to the 1 run on 4 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 4…With last night’s win, Curt is now holds a career post season record of 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA, including 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA in the World Series.

    From Schill: “Whatever happens is going to happen…it’s going to work out the way it’s supposed to work out. They know what I want and they know I want to come back, and we’ll deal with that at an appropriate time. We’re trying to win a World Series, so it makes it very, very easy not to even think about it.”

    And the exceptional work of Oki and Paps cannot be discounted. Pitching the longest outing this year for the Sox, Hideki Okajima completely shut down the Rockies, going 2 1/3 with 4 strikeouts, and then Papelbon came in and earned his 2nd postseason save, going 1 1/3, and only giving up 1 hit…a single to Matt Holliday, who got picked off 1st base to end the threat in the 8th…

    Taco Bell for everyone!: Thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury, whose steal in the 4th inning activated the Taco Bell promise that if someone stoles a base during the World Series, they would give a free taco to everyone in America. You need to stop at a Taco Bell between 2-5pm next Tuesday (the 30th) to claim your taco…

    Much hubbabaloo has been made about how the Rockies store their ball in humidors (insert joke here) because of the higher altitude in Colorado–I think a more compelling question is: How is the thinner air going to impact the Sox PLAYERS? It’s a fact that it takes time to get used to the altitude in Colorado, and that it affects things (Why do you think there is a set of directions on cake mix for high altitudes?) People can get dizzy and light headed until their bodies gets used to the thinner air…The Rockies players are already used to it, or can at least recover faster–will this be a distinct advantage for them?

    Remember how the Sox were inconsistent in their hitting all year, and it seemed like good pitching could constantly shut them down? How bout these apples: The team postseason batting average is .316, with 31 doubles and 83 runs…The Sox record for hits in a postseason is 91–by the 2004 World Series Champions…

    Now, for his next trick: Josh Beckett is now the all-time postseason leader in opponents’ batter average. His average of .159 beats the previous record holder, George Earnshaw, whose opponent’s hits .174 against him. Other familiar faces on the list? Mariano Rivera (.176) and Sandy Koufax (.180). This stat is based on pitchers who have had pitched a minimum of 40 postseason innings…

    Good news from Theo: “(Re-signing Lowell is) a priority for the off-season, and I’m sure we’ll be able to get something done…We have a desire to keep him here a long time. He’s a core member of the organization. It’s just not the time to talk about that.” Let’s hope this is just not lip service….

    Hardware Alert: The Players Association announced yesterday that Dustin Pedroia won the Players Choice Award for outstanding rookie in the AL. The winner of this award is selected by the players themselves…

    Coming Up: An off day today, (YUK) as the Sox move to Colorado for Game 3–and hopefully win #3, with Daisuke taking the mound for his 1st World Series Start, opposed by yet another Rockies pitcher we have never heard of Josh Fogg. 1st pitch 8:35pm…

    One Response to “Red Sox 2, Colorado 1:
    A Totally Different Kind of Win….”

    1. Ted D says:

      Christine, it was a nailbiter, wasn’t it? Schill was good last night, and Papijima was fantastic. It’s great to see a big win and it’s also good to see a close win. Although my stomach rather enjoys the big wins much better!

      Great post: I can skip boston.com today!

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