October 24, 2004

World Series Game 2: Boston 6, St. Louis 2. In the post-game interview, Curt Schilling said that when he woke up Sunday morning at 7 am, he couldn't walk. And he truly believed that he could not take the ball in Game 2. But somehow the Sox docs got him able to pitch -- removing one of the sutures apparently was one of the keys.

Schilling threw 6 innings, allowed 4 hits, 1 walk and 1 unearned run (94 pitches). He wasn't as sharp as he was against the Yankees last week, but he kept the Cardinals at bay. The first batter of the game, Renteria, took him to 12 pitches before grounding out, and his only 1-2-3 inning was the 3rd. There is talk that he will be unable to start again in the series because he's having minor surgery every few days.

Boston scored twice in the first inning (3 walks from Matt Morris and Jason Varitek's triple) and when the Cardinals cut that lead to 2-1 in the 4th, the Red Sox stormed right back in their half with 2 more -- on an HBP and back-to-back doubles from Bill Mueller and Mark Bellhorn. Orlando Cabrera's 2-run single in the 6th scored Trot Nixon and Johnny Damon and put Boston up 6-1.

Alan Embree relieved Schilling and struck out the side in the 7th (the bottom of the order). Keith Foulke was called upon to get 4 outs and he did -- on 19 pitches (after throwing 36 yesterday) -- with 2 strikeouts.

Boston's motto: "We're gonna make 4 errors every night and still kick your ass!" ... The Red Sox have taken a 2-0 lead in the World Series twice before -- in 1916 and 1986. 77% of teams with a 2-0 lead win the series. ... One of the factiods on the screen during Tito's interview noted that he now tops the list of Red Sox managers with 9 post-season wins.

A off-day Monday and Pedro/Suppan in St. Louis on Tuesday.

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