I was up until 2:00 am watching this one. It was nerve racking. We threw everything we had at the Red Sox to win it. Grady Sizemore went 3-5 with a HR, 2B, and the single that started the extra inning rally. Biggest win in Indians franchise history? One of them.
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.
We need your help tonight Harry.
Last night’s game was a tough one to watch boys. I don’t want to talk to too much about it to be honest. When I walked into Gameworks here in Columbus, Hafner was rounding the bases in the top of the first with a homerun off Josh Beckett. Over the course of several bacardi and diets, the Indians shit this game away and C.C. Sabathia suddenly looks like the C.C. Sabathia that doesn’t show up of seasons ago.
The Red Sox look like they’ve been here before. The Indians looked scared on the grand stage and young. Grady Sizemore went 0 for 5 with 3 K’s and Franklin Gutierrez misplayed a ball in right field (in my opinion) that allowed a huge bases-loaded double from Mike Lowell to break the game open.
Tonight’s game is going to be one of the biggest in Indians franchise history. It’s absolutely huge, and as it’s been said elsewhere, the team that wins tonight’s game will win the series in my opinion. Fausto Carmona might be the nastiest pitcher in the postseason, we’ll see it tonight. Of course, no rest for the Indians’ offense, as Curt Schilling takes the hill, and he’s already built quite a legend of postseason performances. Full wrap after the game.
Tonight is the night ladies and gentleman. I’ve waited all year long for this series to start. You’ve got my prediction and my thoughts. Lets jump around the web and see what everyone else is saying:
- Bugs and Cranks has a great post with their ALCS predictions. (Bugs and Cranks)
- Breaking down the Indians and Red Sox lineups. (My Teams are Cursed)
- One thing is for sure about the ALCS: The Indians will grind. (Bugs and Cranks)
- Another ALCS Preview. (Ground Rule Double)
- What are you waiting for? (The DiaTribe)
- The pick is Cleveland, but the series might get lost in the shuffle. (The Big Lead)
- Research on the ALCS. (Lets Go Tribe)
- Red Sox vs. Indians, position by position. (Over the Monster)
- Why the Red Sox will beat the Indians. (The Hardball Times)
- The ALCS MVP odds. (Vegas Watch)
- Why the Indians will beat the Red Sox. (The Hardball Times)
- Memorable moments in Indians-Red Sox playoff history. (Surviving Grady)
- Red Sox in 6 games. (Sox and Dawgs)
- All three writers have Boston over at The Baseball Analysts. (The Baseball Analysts)
- Tribe in six, and a really thorough breakdown of the series. (Most Valuable Network-Indians)
- Preview of Game 1: Sabathia vs. Beckett. (SOX1FAN)
- It’s that Fitzy, wicked, pissah, Red Sox guy again. (The Official Home of Paul “Fitzy” Fitgerald)
- Youk’ is ready. (Kevin Yoooooouuuuuukkkkkkk)
After 2 days without any baseball, we start tonight with the National League Championship Series. There will be a full reaction after the game, as well as some sources from around the web in this article, but for tonight I’m going to enjoy one more night of relaxing championship baseball before the nerves get going for tomorrow night’s series.
TheNaturalMevs: Cleveland in 7
Editor George: TBA (still in recovery of Yankees death)
Jason Stark: Boston in 7
Buster Olney: Cleveland in 6
Steve Phillips: Boston in 7
Howard Bryant: Cleveland in 6
Jerry Crasnick: Boston in 7
Amy Nelson: Boston in 7
Keith Law: Boston in 6
Jim Caple: Cleveland in 6
Howard Bryant: Cleveland in 6
Rob Neyer: Cleveland in 7
Peter Gammons: Boston in 7 (big fucking shocker here)
Around the Net:
Andrea Reiher, Bugs and Cranks: Cleveland in 5
more to come….
We have to admit, we got a ton of hits requesting the television schedule of the Yankees/Indians series. Part of that probably was because all the games were on TBS. We’re not one to upset the readers, so we’ll stay with the rhythm.
Here’s the series television schedule for the ALCS:
* All Games on FOX
GM 1: INDIANS @ RED SOX 10/12, 7:00 PM ET
GM 2: INDIANS @ RED SOX 10/13, 8:00 PM ET
GM 3: RED SOX @ INDIANS 10/15, 7:00 PM ET
GM 4: RED SOX @ INDIANS 10/16, 8:00 PM ET
GM 5: RED SOX @ INDIANS 10/18, 8:00 PM ET
GM 6: INDIANS @ RED SOX 10/20, TBD