Stealing Signals: Well, Make That 21 Out of 23.

 

Red Sox 13, Rockies 1 – I’m not sure how many of you out there thought the first game would be this ugly, but it didn’t get off to a good start with Dustin Pedroia leading off with a homer and three runs scored off Jeff Francis in the first. That’s been way too many runs to give Josh Beckett at any point during this post-season, and eventually the Red Sox just kept adding more and more to the total, including a seven-run fifth inning off a well-praised Rockies bullpen — Ryan Speier walked three straight batters with the bases loaded.  Beckett was his usual form of flawless, six hits, one run, nine strikeouts, seven innings — and the offense gave him a lead that Mike Timlin and Eric Gagne couldn’t blow. Blowout losses early are probably easier to shrug off — hope the young Rockies don’t have the recollection of elephants, because AL superiority just got put on display.

Photo: AP/Julie Jacobson

2 Responses

  1. Oh, I dunno that it was “AL superiority”…but you’re right about one thing: This was ugly. Painful to watch, no matter who you wanted to win or if you didn’t care. Hope the Rockies can regroup.

  2. marcys – even as the most die-hard of NL backers, I admit that the line-ups of most AL teams are just better. I won’t go the Simmons route and consider the NL “Quadruple A”, but there’s still a difference there.

    However, that difference might bite the Sox in the butt when they go to Colorado and have to sit Ortiz or Youkilis. We’ll see.

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