There is not a Red Sox fan out there who is surprised that their team has tied the American League Championship Series at three games all, forcing the pivotal game seven. Conversely, there is not a Cleveland Indian fan out there who is not reeling with shock. And that's JUST the way we like it. The Sox clobbered the Indians last night by a score of 12-2. The game was decided in the first inning when JD Drew came to the plate with the bases loaded and smashed a line drive to the camera well in straight centerfield. 4-0 good guys, and they cruised from there. The batting stars other than Drew were Kevin Youkilis and his three hits and Julio Lugo with his third inning double which plated two. A hearty well done must go out to Jacoby Ellsbury, our centerfielder next year and a superstar for many more, who contributed last night with his speed, his bat and his defense.
Curt Schilling made Red Sox Nation and Red Sox International proud with seven innings of quality pitching. He allowed only two runs in that span while giving up six hits and striking out five. He was vintage postseason Schill last night, and after he retired Trot Nixon to end the seventh, the crowd let him know it with a well-deserved standing ovation. I had tears in my eyes as I also stood and cheered right here in my living room. The Fenway Faithful were unbelievable all night, and the home field advantage has never been more evident. It was Lopez who threw an eight pitch perfect eighth and Gagne (!!) who finished the game with a nine pitch uneventful ninth. Three cheers Eric....finally!
It will be Jake Westbrook tonight, ready to face Daisuke Matsuzaka, who I believe will come out of his doldrums and go out there and attack the strikezone, going AFTER the hitters instead of the hitters going after him. Curt Schilling said this....
"I believe, based on his makeup, his demeanor, he's going to do something special," Schilling said of Matsuzaka, the loser in Game 3. "Just go out and win. I'm expecting him to come up huge."
Peter here, and I believe...my faith in this team is undiminished, as it always will be. Click on the title of this post for more on Daisuke and game number seven, and always remember....FAITH! GO SOX. FOREVER. Thanks for reading....I love ya all!!!