October or March?
BOSTON -- An autumn rain fell from the dark, windswept sky above Fenway Park as
Said the Colorado Rockies first baseman, after the 13-1 whitewashing was complete, "When [the Red Sox] started pulling people, it felt like a spring training game."
Whether the remaining World Series contests play out like ugly slow-pitch softball games will depend whether the Colorado pitching staff, which allowed a World Series-record 10 extra base hits and the most runs in an Series-opening game, can get its act together. Before Game 1 Rockies pitching coach
"We were trying to be too fine," said Apodaca, whose staff had posted the second best ERA in the majors after the All-Star break but looked badly overmatched facing the fearsome Boston lineup. "All year long, our pitchers have gone out there, thrown strikes and trusted their stuff and the defense. But tonight ... the excitement, the crowd, we lost our game plan. And if we put anymore baggage on ourselves, then this is going to happen again."
Beginning with starter
Apodaca's staff, of course, had little room for error with Beckett taking the mound for Boston. When the night was over, Beckett had burnished his reputation as an October ace with another stellar postseason outing. Beckett has K'd 35 hitters this postseason and walked just two. He's won four games already this postseason and will have the chance to be the first to win five when he takes the mound in Game 5. Beckett was dealin' early on, striking out all three hitters he faced in the first inning on 97 mph heaters. The Rockies, though, expected nothing but brilliance from Beckett. "He's always tough," said Helton. "That's what you get when you face him -- good fastball, good curveball."
After the game, the salsa music blaring on the clubhouse speakers said it all: The Rockies were ready to move on. "This loss is a big loss but knowing the heart of this team, we'll come back tomorrow," said Helton. "Our goal wasn't to get a split here. We wanted to win today and win tomorrow. After getting beating up like this, we'll have to alter our goals a bit."