Sunday, October 21, 2007

ALCS: Red Sox Rout Indians, Force Game 7

Boston 12 Cleveland 2 - One pitch to J.D. Drew and away went any advantage the Cleveland Indians ever had in the ALCS. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 1st, Drew knocked a 3-1 Fausto Carmona fastball over the wall in left center. 4-0 Boston... Game Seven Sunday. While Carmona was enduring another horrific outing, the early lead allowed Curt Schilling to relax and mow down the Indians. Schilling was as good as he had to be, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings with 5 strikeouts and no walks. Carmona lasted only into the third inning. Officially, he went 2 full innings, gave up 6 hits and 7 earned runs, walking 4 with a pair of strikeouts. His ERA for the series is 16.50. Drew (right) had the game of his life. In addition to the grand slam, he knocked a pair of singles, scored twice and drove in a total of five runs. The Red Sox banged out 13 hits off four Indian pitchers who essentially were just mopping up Carmona's mess. This has been a series of lopsided scores. The Sox have outscored the Indians by a combined 29-6 in their three wins. Cleveland's wins have been closer, including an 11-inning affair and a 4-2 win in game 3. Their combined wins total up to a 24-11 advantage.
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The American League pennant will be decided Sunday night in game 7 at Fenway Park. Starters are the same as game 3. Jake Westbrook, who won game three, starts for Cleveland. Daisuke Matsuzaka heads up the hill for Boston. Game time is 8:07 pm ET. The winner moves on to face the Colorado Rockies in the World Series beginning Wednesday, October 24.

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