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C.C. Sabathia was awful tonight. Beckett was great. Boston’s offense was awesome. And after Game 1 Boston has all the momentum and Cleveland needs to start something.
Another News Alert: David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are still hot. Both had two hits along with Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis, Ortiz, and Ramirez in total scored 7 runs. Awesome for your 2-4. And the starting 4-7 got all 10 RBI.
The one bad Red Sox moment of tonight was Eric Gagne. The numbers he had don’t tell the story. He may not have allowed a run and struck out the side, but loading the bases and working out of it is not a successful inning. Lead the way by Manny and Mike Lowell with 3 RBI.
Tonight, Josh Beckett didn’t pitch a complete game, he didn’t need. After the 3rd inning, Boston was ahead 5-1 and Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz took care of the rest. Beckett still pitched six innings of four-hit ball. After giving up a first inning home-run to Travis Hafner, Beckett retired 10 in a row.
David Ortiz and Manny have been insane this post-season: Ramirez has reached base 11 of his last 12 times since Game 2 of last series, while Ortiz has gone 7-for-9 with eight walks and a hit-by-pitch this post-season. This hitting totals to reaching base 16 of 18 times.
Boston looked awesome in this game. One of the times a team completely dominating is actually exciting for me. The Indians are a great team so I don’t expect this series to be over. Look for Carmona tomorrow to come back strong and give Cleveland a lot better chance to win.
Again, I’ll say Schilling has the experience to keep Boston in the game with a red hot Carmona. While the Red Sox are at home and Game 1 was such an easy win, they should be looking to take the momentum to Game 2 in Fenway.
More to come on the game…