Saturday, October 27, 2007

World Series, Game 2

I wanted to say a quick word about Game 2 before posting about tonight's Game 3.

I didn't get to see the game as I was driving from L.A. to S.F. but I listened to it on the radio and watched some of it later on tape.

The Rockies lost Game 2 as opposed to the Red Sox winning it.

Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, but he also walked five guys, all due in large part because he stopped trusting his fastball. He was clearly intimidated by the Red Sox hitters and paid the price for his refusal to go with got him here in the first place.

Curt Schilling didn't have great stuff but he made great pitches when he had to and he was good enough to get the Sox to their wonderful bullpen. More proof that even when he doesn't have his best stuff, he's one of the great pressure pitchers of our generation.

Major props to Hideki Okajima who was just lights out great, proving once again that he is one of the better set up guys in all of baseball. If he’s back to his mid-season form (after scuffling a bit toward the end of the season) than this is going to be a very short series.

Matt Holliday may pile up some more hardware before this is all said and done but his getting picked off of first with Todd Helton at the plate as the go-ahead run in the eighth was just unforgivable. I know what he was thinking cause he told the press afterward that he was trying to “sneak” a stolen base, catch the Sox off guard.

But the Red Sox were not surprised, in part I bet because the Indians tried the same thing during the ALCS and were successful. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice... well you know.

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