Red Sox 10 Rockies 5.....ON THE BRINK!
This game started out to be an early blowout, turned into a scary nailbiter, and ended up a statement victory for the Boston Red Sox. They were up 6-0, but Tito quickly removed a mostly effective Daisuke Matsuzaka in the 6th inning. Javy Lopez had nothing, nor did Mike Timlin, who finished the 6th by having his fielders snare two scorching line drives, Julio Lugo leaping high and just snaring a wicked shot that had trouble written all over it for the final out of the inning. Thursday night hero Hideki Okajima inherited a two men on mess caused by the ineffectiveness of Timlin and gave up a three run bomb to Holliday, but he gutted it out to extricate the Sox from further 7th inning damage. The score was 6-5 after seven, and Red Sox Nation and Red Sox International watched in nervous anticipation as the 8th inning started. And the Sox went on to score three times in that eighth and once in the ninth, powered as they were all game by Jacoby Ellsbury, who became the third rookie to have 4 hits in a World Series game, and Dustin Pedroia, and the victory statement was made and a 3-0 Series lead, an seemingly insurmountable one, was theirs. Ellsbury and Pedroia combined to go 7 for 10, and they'll be batting one-two in the order tonight, and maybe all of next year, too. Papelbon made it official with a 4 out, 15 pitch save. Okie threw 29 pitches, so he will sit tonight. But Paps, if needed, will be in there, for another win and the Red Sox will be 2007 World Champions. Wow, just typing that sent shivers down my spine! Said the Rockies' starter, Josh Fogg.....
"They just hit pitches. I made bad pitches, and they hit them. It wasn't like I lost command. It wasn't like I was out there searching. I made bad pitches, and they hit them.
"That's why they score 10 runs every night. They're a good team."
Well said, Josh. Tonight it's Aaron Cook versus Jon Lester. Seven good innings from Lester would be magic, for the Sox have had little trouble scoring runs in this series. They've won 7 straight World Series games. Let's go for 8. After all, 8 was and always will be Yaz' number, and that has to be a good sign.
Click on the title of this post for the Globe's Gordon Edes' look back at game four of the 2007 World Series. I do want to stress one thing....Daisuke had his best postseason start of the year, not allowing a hit after the first batter of the game stroked a single until the 5th inning. And his single in the 3rd inning drove in two runs. Great job Daisuke. Great job Red Sox. We're on the brink of history. Have a great Sunday, my Constant Readers, and an unforgettable for life Sunday night. GO SOX. FOREVER (and again I'll say, especially tonight).