2007 World Series: Fundamentals & Free Tacos in Game 2

It was a prominent display of classic fundamental baseball on the part of both teams — good pitching, good defense, and good baserunning. And it was obvious in the first inning. Game 2 was Curt Shilling’s to lose. He hit Rockies’ lead-off man Willie Taveras with a pitch. Two batters later, Shilling was slow and late covering third base on a groundball, which allowed Taveras to advance from third. Next at-bat, Taveras scored on a fielder’s choice. Shilling got out of the first stanza in decent shape and took care of the Rockies, three-up-three-down, in the second and third. By then, Shilling settled in and went on to pitch 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four. With that performance, as Jayson Stark writes on ESPN.com, Shilling holds “the best winning percentage in baseball history among all pitchers with at least 10 postseason decisions.” Yes, he’s still the man.
(Click here to see Stark’s video blog from game 2.)

(“Schilling throwing gas” on ESPN.com/Szczerbowski/U.S. Presswire)

As Shilling got better, Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jiminez got worse. He walked two BoSox batters in the third and two more in the fourth as the Red Sox tied the game at 1. Jimenez gave up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth and he was done. With the Red Sox ahead 2-1, both bullpens did their job. Red Sox pitchers Hideki Okajima and Jonathon Papelbon were especially on point, writes Jerry Crasnick on ESPN.com. To me, the last four innings looked like a lesson in fundamentals; textbook baseball. The Boston Red Sox beat The Colorado Rockies 2-1.

(Hideki Okajima & Curt Schilling on ESPN.com/AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Now, a day of traveling, time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t in Games 1 and 2, and how to adjust for Denver Saturday night!
And I almost forgot… when Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury stole a base last night, he won the whole country free tacos!
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