Red Sox Scalp The Indians 10-3...Lead ALCS 1 Game To None. They Took No Prisoners
I wrote in a post a couple of days ago that if CC Sabathia was as wild and erratic as he was against the Yankees, he wouldn't get past the 5th inning and the Red Sox would pummel him. Boy, was I right! The Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 10-3 on a cool and windy Friday night at Fenway Park in Boston. Josh Beckett was his usual dominating self, only needing to go 6 innings and giving up 2 runs on 4 hits while walking none. He was in control throughout his stint on the mound, and used a devastating curveball for most of those strikeouts. Timlin, Lopez and a shaky (what else is new?) Eric Gagne finished off the tribe, but it was Mr. Beckett who really shined. As for the offense, three words: Manny and Papi. They were on base an astounding 10 times in 10 collective at bats, and for the postseason so far, they have been on base a dreamlike and surreal 29 times out of 38 plate appearances. Said Mike Lowell....
"I've never seen anything like it," said Mike Lowell, who had three RBI. "They're unbelievable. They're aggressive, they're patient, they're picking their spots, and it doesn't seem like it's just one thing. They just have such solid at-bats. Just to get on one after the other, it's great for me because they're always on base. But it's really special, especially going up against a pitcher like C.C. To get on every time is unbelievable."
Peter here, and it WAS unbelievable. Any time one of the two stepped to the plate, the sense of something about to happen was palpable. They are so locked in, well, I've never seen anything like it. Mike Lowell had 3 RBIs as well, and the team had 12 hits in all. It was a mismatch, and it's looking as if the Sox, who have won 4 straight postseason games, are unbeatable. But it's a 7 game series, and they face a tough customer in Fausto Carmona tonight, but he'll be opposed by our very own Curt Schilling, who has a world of October baseball experience with the great stats to prove it. We're ready!
All of Red Sox Nation and Red Sox International must be proud of our team. I know I am, and I can't wait until 8:20pm tonight for the first pitch of game 2, televised by Fox and FoxHD. For your further pleasure, click on the title of this post for Gordon Edes' look back at a Friday night when the Sox clicked on all cylinders and the Indians fell to the ground, stunned and disbelieving.
I believe. I have faith. And so do you, my readers. Have a wonderful Saturday as we bask in the glow of game one, a warm and sweet glow indeed. MORE PLEASE!!