Game Seven. Winner heads to the World Series to take on the Colorado Rockies.
The stage was set for these two AL teams, the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians.
It was only three games ago that the Tribe led the series 3-1 and had the Red Sox nation by its throat. But once again, Boston had history on its side. They did it against the Yankees in ’04 while down 3-0, and they’ll do it again tonight against the Indians.
The Boston Red Sox have won their twelve pennant, after a 11-2 victory at home, and will take on the seemingly unbeatable Rockies.
Three straight wins by Boston helps continue their October run, as Daisuke Matsuzaka and Dustin Pedroia stood out in Game 7. Dice-K pitched five strong innings, as he retired the first eight batters he faced. Pedroia, on the other hand, drove in five runs including a home run and a double with the bases loaded.
“Nobody wanted to go home, nobody wanted to say goodbye to each other. Once we got that win in Cleveland, we started to believe,” said Pedroia.
The Indians kept it close for most of the game until Boston finally blew it open. The big turning point for Cleveland was when third-base coach Joel Skinner held up Kenny Lofton, who was coming around third base. Lofton could have scored on the play to tie the game up at three, but the Indians messed up and eventually gave up two more runs at the bottom of that inning.
Who knows what would have happened if Lofton had scored?
It was a spread out team effort by the Red Sox, from rookie Jacoby Ellsbury to closer Jonathan Papelbon to captain Jason Varitek. This team will be a handful for Colorado pitchers, as Boston batters have scored 30 runs in the last three games.
TSC will size up this match-up in the days to follow, as we prepare for the start of the World Series, which begins on Wednesday.
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