October 12,2007-Fenway Park, Red Sox vs. Indians, Game 1 Of The 2007 ALCS
Beckett vs. Sabathia
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Cleveland IndiansHittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGG Sizemore CF5000035.000A Cabrera 2B3012010.333T Hafner DH3111111.333V Martinez C4000012.000R Garko 1B2010000.500 a-C Gomez PH1000010.000J Peralta SS4010002.250K Lofton LF4020011.500F Gutierrez RF4000034.000C Blake 3B3220100.667Totals3338321115
Boston Red SoxHittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGD Pedroia 2B4110011.250K Youkilis 1B4320101.500D Ortiz DH22202001.000M Ramirez LF22233001.000J Ellsbury PR-LF0000000.000M Lowell 3B3013104.333B Kielty RF2112110.500 a-J Drew PH-RF2000004.000J Varitek C5012026.200C Crisp CF4010013.250J Lugo SS4110002.250Totals321012108521
Cleveland IndiansPitchersIP H RERBBSOHRPC-STERAC Sabathia (L, 0-1)4.178853085-4416.62J Lewis0.232200023-1527.00A Fultz0.000020012-40.00T Mastny2.010002026-160.00J Borowski1.010010019-100.00Totals8.0121010850165-89
Gamechanger- Josh Beckett doing the usual
Play Of The Game- The Mike Lowell groundrule double in the 3rd.
In a game that had the feel of a classic pitchers showdown at the start, ended in a laugher win for the Boston Red Sox. C.C. didn't look great against the Yankees but now he was facing the Red Sox. A team that doesn't have as scary as a line-up as the Yankees. Well, try telling that to C.C. now. The Red Sox looked comfortable all night. The hitting, the pitching, and the defense were all in top form. The first inning HR from Travis Hafner was a great start, jumping on Beckett right away. But the Red Sox did the usual, answering right back in the bottom of the 1st with a run of their own.
Both Beckett and C.C. had great 2nd innings. But the 3rd is where the game took a turn. Beckett had a 1-2-3 top of the 3rd, striking out 2 of those 3. C.C. didn't have the same results. This inning was a perfect example of the Red Sox playing textbook baseball. Something they haven't done in a long time. Lugo started off the inning with a double. Pedroia hit a sac fly to right, advancing Lugo to 3rd. After Youkilis walked and Ortiz was hit by a pitch, the Red Sox had the bases loaded with only 1 out. With Manny up. What do you do? You walk him of course. That might have been the best option.
A new paragragh still on the bottom of the 3rd. Lowell now had a shot to blow the game open. He didn't do that, but this would eventually be the big blow. Hitting a groundrule double to deep right,scoring Youk and Ortiz to make the score 4-1, Red Sox. That would be enough the Beckett. He wasn't lights out, but he was still very good. Getting in no jams and working quickly. The Red Sox officially blew the game open in the 5th scoring 3 more runs(2 of them from a Bobby Kielty single) to stretch their lead to 8-1. Bobby Kielty has been a nice little pick-up for the Red Sox. Good little lefty hitter off the bench with some pop. Fits well with this team.
The Indians did score once in the 6th and once in the 8th, but those runs didn't matter then. Eric Gagne struck out Sizemore for the last out(even though Gagne looked shaky once again, loading the bases full) and...
Red Sox 10 Indians 3
Game 2, Carmona(0-0,1.00) vs. Schilling(1-0,0.00) Saturday, October 13, FOX @ 8pm
This is a rough game to predict. Curt Schilling looked like he was in his prime against the Angels and he's pitching in good old Fenway. Carmona looked virtually unhittable against the Yankees. Seriously, that sinker he has looks like it's attached to a string. And he never looks nervous, so Fenway Park shouldn't bother him too much. It's hard for me to pick against the Red Sox after Game 1, but that's what I'll do. This will be a real pitchers duel. I'll say...maybe in extra innings...3-2 Indians.