Red Sox 2, Rockies 1 – So, what’s left for the Red Sox to do now that they’ve proven that they can basically own the Rockies in Boston? We’ll have to see how Colorado responds when the series heads to an NL park and Boston has to lose one of its big bats in order for the pitcher to hit in Games 3 and 4 (and 5 if necessary). Curt Schilling only gave up one run on a groundout in the first inning, then he, Hideki Okajima, and Jonathan Papelbon shut the door on the Rockies as Mike Lowell drove in the go-ahead run. The Rockies aren’t hitting much now, and surprisingly, they’ve only hit .235 throughout the entire postseason while sweeping the first two series. Ubaldo Jimenez basically did all he could through 4.2 — he got pulled early only because Hurdle couldn’t afford to give up more runs, given what the Rockies’ line-up wasn’t giving him.
So, will Daisuke Matsuzaka be able to survive his first start in Denver? The balls don’t jump like they used to in Denver with the humidor in play not, but I still don’t think the Rockies wind up getting swept here. They’ll win at least two of the games in Denver, enough to bring it back to Fenway. Whether that does them any good is still up in the air. Either their offense needs to hit against Dice-K and Jon Lester, because when they get to Beckett again in Game 5, they can’t find themselves facing elimination.
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