A few thoughts about Game 1 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies:
There was a lot of question about whether the Rockies would feel the effects of an eight-day layoff in between games.
After the first inning, it sure seems that way. Boston ace Josh Beckett mowed the Rocks down by fanning the side in the top of the first, and then Jeff Francis allowed five hits and three runs — including a leadoff homer to Dustin Pedroia — as the Sox immediately took control with a 3-0 lead.
Colorado snuck back into it by scratching for a run in the top of the second, but it’s a bad start for the Rocks, who have still struck out for five of the six outs and needed a studly play by third baseman Garrett Atkins to get out of the first.
Following the bottom of the fourth, the Red Sox are firmly in control, leading 6-1.
It could have been an even bigger lead, but a Sox fan touched the ball down the left-field line, forcing the potential seventh run back to third.
Colorado ace Francis can offically take the tag “bombed” for this outing, and it really shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Even though Francis owned the Sox in a June meeting, the postseason is different. For Francis to be successful, he has to get ahead. He’s a left-handed nibbler, and the Sox boast a patient lineup. Force Francis to groove one, and it can be a long night, like this one.
The Rockies have done a decent job of shooting the ball to left field and off the Green Monster. But down 6-1 entering the fifth inning, they’re going to need a lot more, especially against Beckett, who has settled into a dominant groove thanks to his 98 mph heater and knee-buckling curve.
It’s only the fifth inning, and the hits keep on coming. The Sox have tied a World Series record with their ninth extra base hit, a double by Mike Lowell in a 9-1 game.
Kevin Youklis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are a combined 8-for-10 with five RBI. Boston had 16 hits with two outs in the fifth after getting an RBI infield single from J.D. Drew and it’s a 10-1 game. Even Julio Lugo has two hits, and after three bases-loaded walks, it’s 13-1, Sox.
Finally, Youklis pops out to end a 34-minute half-inning.
Is now a good time to remind everybody that in their four wins over the Indians in the ALCS, the Red Sox blistered them?
An aside as the game that will never end creeps along in the top of the seventh inning (and no, it has nothing to do with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver musing about Van Halen):
Did you hear what Hank Steinbrenner said today about the Yankees’ next manager? Here you go:
“I think the most important thing is whoever we hire, give ’em a chance because he’s not getting the ’96 Yankees. He’s getting an even younger team or for the most part a team in transition. Give him a little while,” he said. “We want to win the World Series every year. We’re not stupid enough to think we can do it. Of course, we’d love to win the World Series next year.”
Huh? I mean, huh? Give ’em a chance?
Not stupid enough to think you can win the World Series every year? Um, yes you are.
And if you’re going to give the new guy a grace period, why did you fire the old guy who made the postseason for 12 straight years.
As usual, the Yankees are making no sense.
Hey, it’s time to stretch — finally.
This just in — the Sox win 13-1.
There are about two things the Rockies can take from this. Beat Curt Schilling in Game 2, and 13-1 — the largest margin for victory in Game 1 of the World Series — doesn’t matter nearly as much. Beating Schilling in October isn’t easy, but if Ubaldo Jimenez can control his nerves and 100 mph fastball, the Rocks have a chance.
Secondly, 11 of Boston’s 13 runs were scored with two outs. Finish innings, and Colorado can change the tone of this series in a heartbeat.
Lose Game 2, however, and it’ll be all she wrote.