Friday, October 26, 2007

Sox Pitching Dominates in Game 2 Win!


Relying more on guile than pure gas, Schilling pitched Boston to a 2-1 victory Thursday night and a 2-0 lead in the World Series against the suddenly stagnant Rockies.

Lowell hit a tiebreaking double in the fifth and the Red Sox got 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief from Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon to win their sixth consecutive Series game, including a sweep of St. Louis in 2004.

The Series will shift to spacious Coors Field for Game 3 on Saturday night, when $103 million rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches for Boston against Josh Fogg.

Nearly automatic in October, he improved to 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 19 postseason starts and tipped his cap to the pulsing crowd as he walked off the mound -- perhaps for the final time in a Red Sox uniform.

His fastball hovering around 87 mph, Schilling held punchless Colorado in check for 5 1/3 innings and became the second 40-year-old starter to win a World Series game. Detroit's Kenny Rogers did it last year against the Cardinals.

Schilling settled in after allowing a run in the first. Twenty days shy of his 41st birthday, he got an inning-ending double play in the second and struck out two in the third. He put the leadoff batter on in the next two innings, but pitched out of trouble.



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