28 Jan 2011
Well, I guess we should never count out the 2004 Red Sox, neither in real life nor simulation.
The 2004 squad roared back to win the last 3 games and advance to the Red Sox finals. The 1946 team, enjoying some time off, is ready to take them on. Pedro finally pitched a good game and Manny’s bat came alive.
So we are down to a 7-game series with the the 2004 Red Sox and the 1946 Red Sox with the winner heading to the Red Sox vs. Yankees finale.
We already know the 1946 RedSox are waiting for the winner of the ’04 & ’75 Series with the ’75 team knocking on the door with a 3-1 lead. Curt Schilling was the starter in game 5 for ’04 vs Luis Tiant. Schilling was masterful, pitching a complete game 5 hit shutout to keep the ’04 Sox alive. Up 1-0 in the 2nd, the 2004 team scored four times, all of the runs unearned after Pudge Fisk mishandled a swinging bunt by Bill Mueller. Schilling cruised the rest of the way striking out five and walking one.
Game 6 – Pedro Martinez vs Bill Lee. Pedro to date was 0-2 and Bill Lee was 2-0. Unfortunately for the 1975 Sox, Bill Lee the 2004 Sox pounded him around for eight hits and six runs in three and two thirds. Johnny Damon hit two homers, a solo shot in the third and a two run shot in the fourth both off Lee. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit back to back solo shots in the sixth off Dick Pole to ice the game, 2004 Sox and Pedro Martinez won 8-3 forcing a game 7.
Game 7 – Rick Wise vs. Tim Wakefield. A matchup that inspires…well…something. Manny Ramirez started things off in the bottom of the first with a two run homer putting the home team ahead. In the third, fourth and fifth innings the 2004 Sox added three, two and two runs respectively to go up 9-0 to end the 1975 Sox dreams of moving on. In total the 2004 Sox bats came alive for eighteen hits and 11 runs, winning 11-4 behind solid but unspectacular pitching from Wakefield. Manny hit a second homer in the scoring spree giving him three for the YRRS.
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