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Sox Throw Stones at Rox, Win 13-1, BC Huge Game

Posted by Brad on October 25, 2007

Wow.  That is almost all I can say (okay, not quite).  Wow.  The Red Sox completely destroyed, killed, crushed (insert adjective here…) the Rockies last night, by a score of… 13-1.  No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.  The score of a World Series game was 13-1.  I am disturbed by this, the NL is trying to tell us this is the best team in their (lets be frank, jayvee) league?

Where to begin?  Well, Sox starter Josh Beckett pitched yet another playoff gem (am I sounding repetitive?).  He went seven innings, giving up that one run on only six hits and nine strikeouts.  And, he did all of this in just under 100 pitches, at 93.  He struck out the first four batters of the ball game (Taveras, Matsui, [it’s a] Holliday and Todd Helton), becoming the first to do this in the Series since Sandy Koufax fanned the first five in ’63.  The only run he gave up was in the second, when Troy Tulowitski doubled in a run.

Jeff Francis got off to a rocky (pun definitely intended) start in the first inning by giving up three runs in that inning.  He then followed to give up one in the second.  He seemed to settle down in the third, but then gave up two in the fourth, then he got yanked.  His overall line was four innings, ten hits, and six runs, including a leadoff jack to Dustin Pedroia.

The Sox bats were alive last night, as they recorded seventeen hits in eight innings.  Big Papi was 3-5, Manny was 3-4, ‘Tek was 2-4, Lugo was 3-4 (I know, I’m on the verge of tears, too).  Even JD Drew was a solid 2-5 (finally he is heating up).  Pedroia, Ortiz, Ramirez, Varitek and Drew all had two RBI.  ‘Youk, Lugo and Jacoby Ellsbury all had one RBI.  This means the runs were spread out among the team. 

The Rox bats were, well, colder than Coors Field in October (I’m running out of funny puns).  Only Matsui, Tulowitski, Helton, and Garret Atkins recorded a hit in the game.  It’s funny, because a lot of people have said this is a JV team, but this particular one might be considered a Freshman squad in comparison to the Sox.  They just could not get it done.  Brad Hawpe had a hatrick plus one (4 strikeouts).  For the record, Jeff Francis had only three strikeouts.

For those of you who haven’t read this blog before, this is where I usually rant on something or someone, etc.  Unfortunately, the Sox played perfect, so I can’t exactly rant (even GAGne threw a perfect ninth).  Lets talk about more funny anomalies that the Rockies somehow achieved.  Franklin Morales came in and was charged with seven runs in only 0.2 innings.  He now has a 94.50 World Series ERA…  He was also called for the first Series balk since David Weathers in 1996.  Okay, okay, sorry Franklin.  Lets get more serious:

Game Two will be played tonight at 8:00 in Fenway.  Curt Schilling will be going up against Ubaldo Jimenez (good luck…).  This guy Ubaldo was a mid-season callup and was 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA in the regular season.  But, he has pitched well in the postseason, as he has a miniscule 1.29 ERA in two starts.  He’ll be going up against postseason legend (bloody sock, 1.29 ERA in ’02, 1.12 ERA in ’01) Curt Schilling.  Curt knows this will likely be his last start with the Sox, so he’ll likely come up big tonight.  I expect a great start.

The Sox bats are hot, I mean when Julio Lugo and JD Drew both have great games, you know things are going well.  Manny is being Manny and Papi is doing awesome.  I expect Jacoby Ellsbury to break out of his first World Series game awe and play well.  I think 1-9 the Sox will play well tonight.  This team is going to hit Jimenez big time (seriously, this guy couldn’t pitch to NL guys).

As for the Rockies, I think they will hit a little bit better than last night.  As they face a worse pitcher and couple that with them having a game under their belt after their first in a week, they should play a little better.  But, I still expect a blowout from the Sox.  Hawpe is just a rookie, so I wouldn’t expect much out of him and same goes for Tulowitski.  Most of these guys haven’t ever been in a Series, so you can’t be ragging on them (and yet, it’s so fun…).

Tonight, I expect a HUGE win from the Sox as they go into the first ever IceSeries in Denver.  I think they’ll win tonight, 7-2.

Now lets move on to the BC Eagles.  No-one could have thought they’d be ranked number two in the country at this point in the season and they have done it.  But, tonight is the night…  Theis is the first real test as they go down to the campus of Virginia Tech to face the Hokies.  Matt Ryan (Heisman “hopeful”) will be going up against the stingy Tech defense. 

The Hokies have only lost twice on Thursday night football, and both of those times were to the Eagles.  Luckily, the Eagles have a muche better offense and a solid defense.  This is going to be a battle between an elite defense and a unbelievably good quaterback.  As the Eagles hope to keep their National Title hopes alive, I think they’ll be right with the Hokies.

The Eagles have the advantage at the QB, RB, and WR position.  The Hokie’s offense is mediocre at best and the only place they have the advantage in this game is the Defense.  The Eagles defense is solid, but not nearly as good as the Hokies’.

I think this is going to be a fairly low scoring game.  But, the Eagles should be able to prevail in this one.  I predict an Eagles victory, by a final score of 17-14.

And, I’ve neglected to talk about this serious matter.  Although it has little to do with sports, I feel we have to talk about this.  The wildfires in California.  Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes out there.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, over 1,500 homes have been destroyed so far, and many more remain threatened.

I would just like everyone to take a moment out of their day to pray for those who have had to leave their homes and whose homes have been destroyed.  I would also like top thank God that we do not have to live in that sort of fear here in New England. 

Amen.

Talk at ‘ya later. 

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Eagles Win, Sox Game Two

Posted by Brad on October 13, 2007

The BC Eagles have beaten the Notre Dame Fighting (more like losing) Irish by a score of 27-14.  They really dominated the entire way, and the Irish never really had a chance.  The Irish didn’t score until the third quarter, when Evan Sharpley threw to Robby Parris for the touchdown.  Their other score came on a Matt Ryan interception, also in the third.

The Eagles got two passing touchdowns from Matt Ryan (that’s it???), one to Andre Callender (the running back) and one to Kevin Challenger (a wideout).  Callender also got two rushing touchdowns, to account for their scoring today.

Jimmy Claussen threw two interceptions today (it doesn’t help that his line is crap), one picked off by Tyronne Pruitt and the other by DeJuan Tribble.  This gives BC sole position of the most interceptions in division I-A, with 18.  Claussen went 7-19 for 60 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.  Evan Sharpley came into the game and went 11-28 for 135 yards and one touchdown.

HEISMAN WATCH (if Ryan is really a candidate…):  Matt Ryan went 32-49 today for 292 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.  Although he is having an amazing season, I don’t think he is right to win the Heisman.  Although I’d LOVE to see it, I just can’t picture it.  To me, the only way he can be considered is to win a BCS game, or at least get into one.

They play next weekend at Virginia Tech.  This will be the best test for them thus far.  It will be an interesting game.  Stay tune to bosoxfriends for continuing coverage of the BC Eagles.

BY THE WAY:  Number One ranked LSU LOST to Kentucky, BC will likely be ranked 3rd, or if CAL loses, they will be ranked (wait for it…) NUMBER 2!

Moving on to the Red Sox, they play Game Two of the ALCS tonight at 8:00 on FOX and WRKO 680.  Curt Schilling (old) will be facing off against Fausto Carmona (young).  It should be a good one as both of these pitchers pitched well in their last starts. 

After a huge game (4-4 combined and 10-10 in terms of getting on base) both David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez will be looking to continue their hot streak.  Manny is batting .500 in the playoffs and Ortiz is batting .778!  They both have two homeruns and 25 combined RBI.  They have carried the team through the playoffs and should continue this streak.

If you ask me, this is the biggest game of the series (unless in goes six or seven) because I have NO faith in Dice-K in game two.  Although he has looked good as an MLB rookie, he has been up and down all year.  If we lose this game, we are going to be in trouble because there is a chance we could go down in the series two games to one (not good).

But, despite all this, I think that Schilling will get it done tonight.  Although Carmona is an unbelievably good pitcher, I think the pressure of pitching at Fenway Park (America’s most beloved ballpark) is going to get to the 23 year old righty.  I think Schilling is just too good in the playoffs.

Assuming the Sox offense satys as hot as they have been (not a guarantee) they will win tonight, and you can flick to the Bruins in San Jose (the NHL favorite, oh well).  They’ll win in a closer one : 6-4

Talk at ‘ya later.

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