Round 2, Day 1 – Red Sox

Are you kidding me? The 2007 Red Sox are playing golf and the 2004 Red Sox are 1 game from fishing. The 1946 Red Sox swept the 2007 World Series Red Sox! The 1975 squad has a 3-1 lead and is sniffing the next round.

Wow, Pedro Martinez was just terrible (or has been so far as his 2004 team is still alive). The old school Red Sox are teaching the rich, young Red Sox players just what it means to be a Champion (in sim-world anyway). Well, at least the Yankees seem to be heading in the same direction.

We’ll learn the outcome of this round tomorrow and then onto the “Conference Finals” for lack of a better term.

Game recaps:

#1 seed 2004 RedSox taking on #4 seed 1975 RedSox – Game 1 matchup: Curt Schilling vs. Luis Tiant. Both pitchers were effective through eight. 2004 held a 4-0 lead going into the 9th. Schilling came out for the 9th inning but only got 1 out before needing help. After a Yastrzemski single with one out, Pudge Fisk drilled a 3-2 pitch out of the park to give the ’75 team life. After the pitching change, Fred Lynn drew a walk, was forced at 2nd on a groundball by Jim Rice. With two outs, Bernie Carbo jacked one out to tie the game at 4. After a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th, the 1975 Sox came out immediately in the 10th with a single from Juan Beniquez and another 2 run homer by Cecil Cooper. Dick Drago recorded the win in relief, 1975 winning 6-4. Game 2 featured Pedro Martinez and Bill Lee on the mound. Pedro struggled, not completing the 4th and Lee was masterful, spacing out 5 hits and giving up a single run in 8. Behind Fred Lynn’s three run homer in the first, the ’75 Sox won 5-2. Game 3 had Rick Wise going against Tim Wakefield. Wakefield was good, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits over 8 innings, but Wise was better giving up only 2 runs through seven and a third. The highly effective ’75 bullpen shut the door and the ’75 Sox team opened up a 3 games to 0 lead. In Game 4, the shocked 2004 Sox sent Derek Lowe out to stop the hemorrhaging. The ’04 Sox squeeked out a 6-4 win with Lowe pitching eight effective innings and going 2-0 in the YRRS. 1975 Sox lead 3 games to 1.

#2 seed 2007 RedSox against #6 seed 1946 RedSox – Game 1 featured Joe Dobson against Dice K Matsuzaka. Neither starter gave up a run, unfortunately for the 2007 team, Dobson pitched a complete game shutout while Dice K went seven and a third. The 1946 team got to Okajima in the eigth scoring twice on a bases loaded two run single by pinch hitter Roy Partee. Game 2 had Tex Hughson vs. Curt Schilling. Both pitchers fared well, giving up three runs apiece and leaving with their team having a chance to win the game. In the bottom of the ninth off closer Jonathan Papelbon, Wally Moses led off with a single. Johnny Pesky singled and JD Drew bobbled the hit letting Moses get to third. Dom Dimaggio was walked intentionally to load the bases, next up, Ted Williams. Papelbon struck the Splendid Splinter out on four pitches bringing up Catfish Metkovich with one out. He hit a ground ball to second, the play at the plate was late, 1946 won 4-3. Game 3 had Jon Lester facing Mickey Harris. This one wasn’t close as Lester was roughed up early. The ’46 Sox won 9-1 with Wally Moses leading the way with three hits and Rudy York adding a couple of his own. Could Josh Beckett stop the sweep in game 4 against Dave Ferriss? Manager Terry Francona kept with Beckett through six complete despite him giving up seven runs. A dejected Beckett left the field to some boos with his team behind 7-2. Wally Moses again had a big hit, a three run homer off Beckett in the sixth inning. Get the brooms out, this one is done. 1946 swept 2007 4-0.