Thursday, April 26, 2007

7 Innings Of Schilling Just What the Red Sox Needed

A two game losing streak? No problem. Curt Schilling is slated to pitch. And poof! The streak is gone, dust in the rear view mirror, a page turned, a new and brighter day. Schill went 7 strong innings, throwing 90 pitches while allowing only one run and 5 hits as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6-1. The game was close until the Sox broke it open with a 3 run 7th. The big hit? Who else? Big Papi David Ortiz. In an 11 pitch at bat, he dumped a single into shallow left field to go ahead 2-1. They added 2 more runs in the inning and 2 in the ninth to make the final 6-1. The Darkman, Hideki Okajima, Oki for short, and Brandon Donnelly completed the conquest with a stong inning apiece. So the pitching was strong from first throw to last.
The Sox have had their way with the Orioles in the recent past. Since the beginning of the 2006 season, they are 16-3 with a batting average of .290. Compare that to the O's batting average of .260 and the domination becomes even more clear. We have to hope it continues tonight with Beckett against Loewen. And then it's on to Yankee Stadium. They were rained out yesterday and fell 4 1/2 games behind the Boston club.
So let's get another one from the O's. 7pm tonight. And Josh, grab your 5th April victory. It'll be the only shot you get! And when you, my faithful readers, click on the title of this post, Gordon Edes' article about the game is linked. And the claim by the O's broadcasters about Curt and his bloody sock is also featured. Was it real blood? We know it was, but they seem to think otherwise. They can't beat us, so they have to find something else to talk about. Pitiful.

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