Thursday, October 25, 2007
World Series Game 1: All Red Sox, All Night
Boston 13 Colorado 1 - Josh Beckett's fastball was splitting raindrops and Boston batters didn't miss a beat as the Red Sox roared out of the box in game one of the 2007 World Series. Forget about Colorado's 7-game post-season win streak. The number that really mattered was the 8 days off they had between the end of their 4-game sweep of Arizona in the NLCS and the opener of the World Series. The pitching was disturbingly flat, the fielding was atrocious, the team had no spark, and, despite Josh Beckett's good stuff, it would be easy to say that most of the Rockies had poor timing at the plate. Just ask Brad Hawpe, who struck out four times. He looked completely out of sync in the batter's box. Give credit to the Red Sox. They were ready, hungry and red-hot. The constant rain that fell from before the start of the game through the sixth inning didn't seem to matter to them as they banged out 16 hits off Rockies' starter Jeff Francis and reliever Franklin Morales. Those two got through only 4 2/3 innings, then Ryan Speier walked three straight batters without getting anyone out. Matt Herges finally came out of the bullpen to get Kevin Youkilis with the bases loaded to mercifully end the 5th inning. By then, it was over. The Sox had scored 13 runs to the Rockies 1. Jeremy Affeldt allowed one more hit in the 8th, but that was it. Just as the Red Sox seemed to let up, so did the rain. Maybe there's hope for the weather and for the Rockies in game two. Beckett won for the 4th time in 4 post-season starts, going seven full innings with one earned on 6 hits, a walk and 9 strikeouts. Right now, the guy is unbeatable. Every Red Sox starter had at least one hit, except Jacoby Ellsbury. David Ortiz went 3-5 with a pair of RBI. Manny Ramirez (right) was 3-4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. The Sox tied a World Series record with 9 extra base hits, 8 of them doubles. Youkilis and Ortiz had two apiece, Ramirez had one. Dustin Pedroia had the only homer of the night, a solo shot on the second pitch from Francis in the first inning. It was the worst game one beating EVER. And by the way, could FOX cram any more commercial endorsements into the game. They even had a string of them between Ortiz and Ramirez' at-bats in the opening frame. Equally annoying is the gay-ish guy getting all excited about the series in the FOX promos. He is ANNOYING! Game two is Thursday night at Fenway Park with Curt Schilling on the hill for the Sox against rookie starter Ubaldo Jiminez. It's put up or shut up for the Rocks. Game time is around 8:20 pm ET.