Sunday, April 15, 2007

Another Strong Outing From Schilling

Curt Schilling pitched eight scoreless innings on Saturday as the Red Sox blasted the LA Angels for the second straight day, 8-0 at Fenway.

Schilling was in command all day, and was never in any serious trouble. He struck out four and allowed just four hits. He has now not allowed an earned run over his last fourteen innings, since he gave up five runs to Kansas City in four innings on Opening Day. No runner even reached third base against Curt, whose ERA is now 2.84.

David Ortiz hit his third homer of the year, a three-run shot in the eighth to cap the scoring. At first, the runs were tough to come by for the Red Sox. They scored their first two runs on a ball hit by Jason Varitek that Gary Matthews misjudged and was charged with an error. They scored their next run on a wild pitch. They left the bases loaded in the second inning, and it looked like they would again in the third until Matthews made the error.

The noreaster that hit has threatened both final games of the series (as well as the Mets game here in New York, and games in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Atlanta), and tomorrow's game is the Patriot's Day 10 AM start. Fortunately the Angels return to Fenway in mid-August, so both games can be made up then.

But if both games are rained out this weekend, it will mean that Josh Beckett will get the start in Toronto Tuesday night, and Daisuke Matsuzaka will be pushed back to Wednesday, and he will not start against the Yankees this weekend. A very interesting scenario indeed.

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