8:13 PM- I’m going to liveblog tonight’s game for as long as possible. It’s the biggest game of the year so I figure that It’s maybe a good time for this. I want to have one of the biggest games in Indians history down in recorded form on our blog here. Mccarver and Buck are setting the mood, as much as they can. I’m about to insert my game-time dip. Report is it’s a bit nippier than last night in Boston. Keep it locked right here if you would, and make some comments in the game thread. It’s postseason baseball on a saturday night, lets just hope it’s not the final saturday game of the year for my Indians.
8:17 PM- Schilling is warming up. I sure hope he’s off his game tonight. Odds are against it. We’re going to find out if Fausto is the ace right now.
Schilling starts 0-2 to Sizemore. Splitter in the dirt takes it to 1-2. Sizemore K’d 3 times last night. This is first postseason start for Schilling since game 2 of the 2004 World Series. Count evened at 2-2. I’m not going pitch by pitch for every at-bat, but Sizemore gets special treatment. Sizemore lines a double to left center field. Changeup on the outside corner lined right where it was pitched and Sizemore has his first ALCS hit of his career. Asdrubal Cabrera looks to bunt Sizemore over here. We gotta get that run in, early leads are the name of the game. Cabrera pops the bunt straight up and he’s out to Mike Lowell at third. That’s just huge. As Tim Mccarver is telling us, he dropped the barrel of the bat. No shit there genius. Travis Hafner up. Hafner has looked great in the postseason so far. Just a base hit here Hafner. Hafner flies out to the edge of the Green monster. Manny has it, 2 down. Sizemore must stay at second. The wind helped them out there, I guess I’m biased. Victor Martinez at the plate, I wouldn’t rather have anyone at the plate, as Victor hit over .400 with RISP and 2 outs during the regular season. He’s down 0-2 right now. Off the green monster it’s 1-0 Indians with Sizemore scoring. That ball almost got out of here. Here’s Ryan Garko who is built like a cornfed football player. Garko taps out and the inning is over. Indians get a run.
Carmona strikes out Pedroia in 6 pitches. Walks Youkilis on a full count. Ortiz up with 1 down. Ortiz walks in 4 pitches, not good. Manny Ramirez rolls into a 4-6-3, inning over.
Peralta singles to right field to lead off the inning. This, at least thus far does not appear to be the dominant Schilling. He’s around the plate so it’s helping the Indians hitters in knowing they’re going to get strikes to hit. Lofton at the dish and he takes a bad cut and pops out to center. 1 out. Franklin Gutierrez is now hitting, I wish Trot Nixon was playing. Gutierrez has really been struggling. 6-4-3 book it. Inning is over. Tribe clinging to a lead.
Ground out to begin the inning. The hitter was insignificant. JD Drew is up. Casey Blake is over at third sporting his playoff beard. Great play by sloppy Johnny P. over at short to get JD Drew. Varitek at the plate with two down. Carmona is not allowing many hits but he is throwing a lot of pitches. Last pitch on the gun was 96 MPH clocked. Varitek hits a shot liner but right at 2B Cabrera. Sizemore coming up, leading 1-0.
Casey Blakes strikes out trying to hold up. Here’s Grady Sizemore. Sizemore flies out to Manny Ramirez in left field and there is 2 down quickly. This game is working into a pitchers duel. I’m scared. Cabrera flies out to medium depth in center field and this inning is in the history books.
Coco Crisp singles under the diviing Cabrera to begin the inning. Hot tempered Julio Lugo hitting right now. We need another DP ground ball to roll up. Scratch that, Crisp steals 2nd base and Victor’s throw was poor. Lugo attempts a bunt and misses to bring the count to 2 strikes. Lugo fouls off a couple of pitches to hang around. Carmona strikes out his 2nd of the night with an inside sinker-type. One big out. 50 pitches already for Carmona. Needs a quick inning or its going to be a bullpen night. Pedroia at the plate. 3-0 count now to Pedroia, who is probably the most annoying Red Sox player. Pedroia walks, 3rd walk for Carmona so far tonight. Kevin Youkilis up with some Sox on the bases. Youkilis fouls one off the hands and it’s 0-2. We need this out, as David Ortiz is looming on deck. Get a groundball here Fausto. Fausto strikes out Youk’ with that same sinker on the inside of the dish. Here’s the killer spot in the game thus far. 96 mph on the first pitch blown past Big Papi. Papi fouls it off dangerously. 1-2 is the count now. I’m so nervous. Papi singles one off Carmona’s glove, with no shift on it would have been an out to Peralta. Bases are now loaded for Manny Ramirez and there is a pitching conference on the mound with Carl Willis. On second glance the run was saved probably by Carmona, a shift was on and Joe Buck was just wrong. Come on Tribe, get this out. Don’t let Manny find green here or it could be death. Ball 2 is in the dirt. Carmona has got to settle himself down right now. Ball three to Ramirez was close but a hair inside. Is Manny green lighted here 3-0? Here is the pitch……… Carmona has walked in a run on 4 pitches to tie the game! Unreal. I guess that is respect coupld with inexperience. 12th walk for the Sox already this series. This is very bad. Mike Lowell is up. Lowell fucking singles to right field. 2 runs score. Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck. JD Drew bounces out. 3-1 Sox. Fuck.
My fiance is taking the computer so i can’t complete this, I will be back. Go Indians.