Round 1 – Red Sox

Stunning departure of the 1986 Red Sox at the hands of the 1946 Red Sox. I guess Ted Williams was as good as they said he was. You’ve heard of him, right? Pedro turned in a terrible outing but the 2004 Red Sox hold 2-1 lead over the 1978 edition. The most recent Red Sox World Series winners from 2007 are down 1-2 to the Grady Little led 2003 Red Sox (it’s only a 5 game series, so maybe Grady won’t have to make any difficult decisions). Lastly, the 1975 Red Sox, led by Jim Rice (who wasn’t there in real life but thanks to the miracle of simulation, we can see what could have been) hold a 2-1 edge on the Impossible Dreamers of 1967.

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#1 seed 2004 RedSox own a 2 games to 1 lead over #8 seed 1978 RedSox. Game 1 saw a dominating outing from Curt Schilling, pitching 8 and one third, one run ball. The offense scored 11 times with homers from Jason Varitek and David Ortiz and 5 team doubles. Final score was 11-1 with Dennis Eckersley taking the loss. Game 2 had Mike Torrez and the ’78 Sox bounce back with a 5-4 win saved by Bill Campbell. Pedro Martinez took the loss for the ’04 squad. Jim Rice and Fred Lynn both homered in the win. Game three went to the ’04 Sox as they broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the 8th on a 1 out run scoring triple by Mark Bellhorn. Keith Foulke saved the game in the 9th.

#2 seed 2007 RedSox find themselves down 2-1 after 3 games to the #7 seed 2003 RedSox. Game 1 starters Josh Beckett and Pedro Martinez both went 7 innings without a decision. The ’07 team won in 10 innings as Dustin Pedroia tripled home Jacoby Ellsbury with the go ahead run. Jonathan Paplebon saved the game in the bottom frame. ’03 Sox evened the series in game 2 behind strong pitching from Derek Lowe and Scott Williamson. David Ortiz homered for both teams in the 6-4 win. Game 3 was another tight game with the ’03 Sox winning 7-6. The ’03 team chased Curt Schilling in the 4th inning scoring 5 runs off the veteran. Homeruns by Kevin Millar and Todd Walker led the hit parade for the ’03 team.

#3 seed 1986 RedSox are the first team eliminated in the YRRS. Credit the #6 seed 1946 Sox for sending them packing in 3 games. Game 1 saw Tex Hughson pitch 8 good innings for the win. Roger Clemens struggled in 4 plus innings. Ted Williams was the hero, smacking 2 home runs and knocking in 5. Game 2 saw the ’46 team outlast the ’86 squad in 10 innings 8-7. Ted Williams hit his 3rd homer of the series and Dom Dimaggio had 3 hits in the win. Don Baylor hit a homer in the losing effort for the ’86 team. Game 3 saw the series first dominant pitching performance by Dave Ferriss. A complete game 3 run outing. Oil Can Boyd was no match and the ’46 Sox completed the sweep 8-3. The ’86 team held Ted Williams hitless in the clincher but his 3 HR and 9 RBI in the series was impressive.

The #4 seed ’75 Sox lead the #5 seed ’67 Sox 2 games to 1. Game 1 went to the 1967 team in a good pitching matchup of Jim Lonborg and Luis Tiant. Both went 8 innings but the ’67 team won 4-3. Jim Rice homered in the loss. Game 2 was another close contest with the ’75 team edging out the win 3-2 with all 3 runs scored in the top of the 9th. Lee Stange was throwing the shutout before running into trouble, Sparky Lyle couldn’t close the door either. Bill Lee got the win with the big hits coming from Pudge Fisk and Fred Lynn in the 9th. Game 3 was another 1 run game with the ’75 boys winning 5-4. Rick Wise was very good through 8 and Dick Drago collected his 2nd save in as many days. Dwight Evans hit a homer in the 7th that ended up as the game winner. Rico Petrocelli, Carl Yastrzemski and Tony Conigliaro hit homers in the loss.