TIVO/Liveblogging Game One

Ken AshfordRed Sox & Other Sports1 Comment

Little Shop brush-up went well and we got out of there at a decent enough hour, so with a little help from TIVO, I can watch Game One of the World Series.  Might be the only game I get to see.

Pregame (TIVO):  Blah blah blah blah blah.  OMG.  That’s Yaz?  Well, I guess he’s got to get old too.  Nice way to start the World Series– reminding Red Sox fans of their mortality.  Jeez, he throws like a girl now.

Top of the First Inning (TIVO):  Beckett rules.  First strikeout.  A good omen.

Bing.  A second strikeout.

Bing.  A third.  Couldn’t ask for a better opening inning.

Bottom of the First (TIVO):  And the second pitch sails out of the park off a Pedroia’s bat.  This is a great way to start the series, but I don’t think we can keep this up.

Youklis doubles with no outs.  This has the earmarks of a Colorado catastrophe.

Youk scores on a Manny single.  2-0.  Ugh.  This rain is nasty.

Manny scores.  3-0.  Two outs.

And that’s the inning.  Three strikeouts on the defense; three runs on the offense.

Top of the Second (TIVO):  Strikeout number four.

Okay, I guess that’s it for stirkeouts.  We’ll allow the Rockies a hit.

Oops. And a run.

Three outs, and two of them were Beckett strikouts.

Excuse me, Bekkkkkett strikeouts.

Bottom of the Second (TIVO): Youk scores again after Ortiz hits him home.  4-1. 

Open up that lead, boys.  I’m never comfortable until you’re at least 5 runs ahead.

Top of the Third (TIVO): One, two, three. 

Beckett might not be striking them out, but he’s getting them to hit easy grounders and pop flies.

Bottom of the Third (TIVO): I’m not a Lugo fan, but that was a nice two-out bunt.  Too bad they couldn’t capitalize.  Still 4-1.

Top of the Fourth (TIVO): One hit (a double), but two more Beckett strikeouts.  Total pitching dominance here.

Bottom of the Fourth:  And I’m live now.

The Ortiz-Ramirez combo pays off.  Ortiz singles.  Manny hits him to third.  First and third, two outs.

They intentionally walk Lowell.  Bases loaded, two outs.  I like this.

Yeah, yeah.  The Red Sox pitching roster bangs on the dugout.  Yawn.  Gotta earn their salary some way I suppose. 

Bam.  Varitek hits a ground rule double to left.  I always feel that’s a cheap way to score, but I’ll take it.  We get to more.  It’s 6-1.  I can relax a little.

Top of the Fifth:  Beckett has seven strikeouts and no walks so far.

One down, two down.  Beckett gets 8th K.  Still pitching 94-96 mph.

Oops, a walk.  Beckett fading a little, but he’s still got it.

Side is out.

Bottom of the Fifth:  Morales pitching now for Rockies.  Lugo opens with a hit. 

Bagged at second on a bad Ellsbury bunt.

Heh.  Balk.  I’m not sure about the rules regarding balks.  Oh, okay.  He has to take a step more toward first than home.  Makes sense.  Anyway, Ellsbury to second on the balk.  Two outs.

Youk doubles, bringing in Ellsbury.  7-1.

And Ortiz doubles, bringing in Youklis.  8-1.  Looks like a blowout.  I like the fact that these runs are coming with two outs.  Their last six RBIS were with two outs.

Make that their last seven RBIs have been with two outs.  Manny singles and brings in Ortiz.

Red Sox have scored 9 runs off of 14 hits, compared to the Rockies 1 run off of 3 hits.

And Lowell doubles, bring Manny to third.  This is the 9th extra base hit for the Red Sox, tying a World Series record — and we’re only in the fifth inning.

I like the placement of the ball when it’s hit.  It’s like the Rockie outfielders aren’t even out there.

Lowell walks.  Bases loaded with J.D. Drew at the plate.  He’s already one post-season grand slam under his belt.  Will he do it again?

No, but he singles in a hard-hitting infield grounder.  Another run scored.  10-1 and the Rockies are replacing the pitcher.

Not that the new pitcher is starting off well.  He walks in a run.  11-1.

Why did the sportscaster just say "These are not your father’s Rockies?".  Nobody’s father had the Rockies.

And another walk makes it 12-1.  This isn’t even interesting now.  Every Red Sox player except Lowell has an RBI.

Speiers walks yet anoother.  And the Rockies are changing pitchers again.  13-1.

Yay!  The inning finally over.  (Never thought I’d be saying that!)

Top of the Sixth:  A close single, a nice double play, a hit, a flyout.  A comparatively quick top of the inning.  Maybe this game will end before midnight.

Bottom of the Sixth:  I guess the only thing interesting now is whether or not someone steals a base, because if they do, we all get a free taco from Taco Bell.  Which, I must confess, really isn’t all that interesting.

Hey.  A fun fact.  The actor Paul Giamatti’s father was the same Giamatti who was baseball commissioner and President of Yale.  Now that’s interesting.

Okay, I admit.  I didn’t watch much of the bottom of the sixth because I was doing laundry.  I feel in the mud while trying to push Cheri Van Loon’s car out of the mud.

Enough with the blonde dancing kid.  And the Geico Flintstone ad.

Top of the Seventh: Another scoreless inning for the Rockies, although I see they got a man on third.

Ashanti is singing God Bless America.  Never heard of her, but her eyelashes could spear armor.

Bottom of the Seventh:  Scoreless.  I guess the only exciting thing now is whether my battery will die on my laptop before the game is over.

Top of the Eighth:  Beckett with 9 Ks is replaced by Timlin.

Whoa.  The small TV in my bedroom died.  Well, the sound did.  I knew this was coming; it’s been fading slowly for the past few months.  I think I’ve had this TV for 15 years.  Time to get a new one.

Apparently, the Rockies fell quicky in the 8th.

Bottom of the Eighth:  Well, this is even going to be less interesting with no sound.

One two three.  Quick inning.

Top of the Ninth:  With Gagne pitching.  Let’s make it quick, shall we?  It’s past midnight.

Fly ball.  One out.

The screen flashed that this is the largest win (12 runs) in World Series history.  Assumng, of course, that the Rockies don’t score this inning.

Fly ball.  Two out.

Hey, sound suddenly came back on.  Maybe someone will explain why they flashed a picture of Van Halen on the screen

Strikeout.  Game over.  12 strikeouts for the Red Sox.  Nice win.  Bedtime.