became the first relief pitcher in postseason history to walk in a run three
times in the same game, doing so consecutively in relief of Morales.
Red Sox batters
sprayed hits all over Fenway, and by the fifth inning they had tied Series
records for doubles (eight) and extra-base hits (nine). David Ortiz and Manny
Ramirez combined for six hits, five runs and four RBIs.
they go up there they're trying to see five or six pitches, and they grind
pitchers out," said Boston starter Josh Beckett, who opened the game with
17 straight fastballs and four consecutive strikeouts in a one-run,
seven-inning, no-sweat start.
The Rockies did
their best to shake off the defeat with little worry. Francis stood at his
locker and calmly answered questions as if reconstructing a long-ago traffic
accident. "They're patient when they need to be and take advantage of
pitches early in the count," he said. Somebody turned up the music in the
clubhouse. It had been 26 days since the Rockies lost a game of any kind. This
one was emphatic. No longer were they hot.
GAME 2, at
RED SOX 2, ROCKIES 1
ago, pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, Curt Schilling had hurled 147
pitches, many of them in the upper 90s, to shut out the Toronto Blue Jays in
the World Series. By contrast, the Curt Schilling who took the ball for Boston
in Game 2 could hardly break 90 miles per hour, and his nearly 41-year-old body
stood at the mercy of the cool weather and the long innings when his Red Sox
team batted, stiffening his muscles and joints. Time had diminished his
velocity and stamina, but it changed nothing of what he is about in
himself locked in a rare postseason pitching duel at Fenway Park. His opponent,
a rugged righthander named Ubaldo Jimenez, was younger by more than 16 years
and threw a fastball that reached 98 mph. But when the sixth inning dawned,
there stood the weathered Schilling, still with the ball and now with a lead,
2-1, while the broad-shouldered Jimenez was gone to the showers. Boston
relievers Hideki Okajima (seven outs) and Jonathan Papelbon (four outs,
including a pickoff of Matt Holliday at first to close the eighth) would
preserve the lead and the score. But Schilling was the worthy victor. He gave
up a run after hitting the first batter of the game but pitched shutout ball
until there was one out in the sixth.
The duel left
little margin for error, but Schilling's advantage over Jimenez was his ability
to throw strikes. Jimenez walked five batters, two of whom scored Boston's only
runs. He had yet to give up a hit when he walked Lowell with one out in the
fourth. J.D. Drew followed with a line drive single to the right of
rightfielder Brad Hawpe. Lowell seemed content to pull into second, but when he
saw Hawpe play the ball conservatively, fading back to field the rolling
baseball, Lowell sprinted for third. A surprised Hawpe threw late, and Jason
Varitek knocked in Lowell with a fly ball to tie the game.
"That made my
night," Boston manager Terry Francona said of Lowell's play. "That was
special. A lot of guys just pull up there into second base. Mikey saw the
opening and took it. That's the ball game right there."
In the fifth the
Sox turned another walk into a run, this one to Ortiz with two outs and nobody
on base. Ramirez followed with a single and Lowell with a hard double. The 2-1
lead was in good hands. Okajima was especially trustworthy, needing only 28
pitches, all but eight of them strikes, to slice through seven hitters.