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Game 3 Notes

Keeping some notes as I watch Game 3 of the ALCS.

7:36 PM 10/16/2007
Coco Crisp just grounded into an inning-ending double play, the Red Sox had loaded up the bases with nobody out. Huge pitch by Westbrook, nice job by Peralta to turn it himself.

7:45 PM 10/16/2007
Kenny Lofton just homered! That’s his first homerun since being back in an Indians uniform, and it really couldn’t have come at a better time. It looked like Dice-K was starting to get into a groove. There’s the curtain call, the crowd is going absolutely insane.

7:48 PM 10/16/2007
Interesting that they started Nixon tonight. I wonder if Wedge is looking for the lefty-righty matchup against Dice-K or maybe just playing the hot bat. He just got robbed of a single up the middle, he’s hitting the ball hard. End of 2: Indians 2, Red Sox 0.

7:56 PM 10/16/2007
A good sign for Westbrook: he only needed six pitches to retire the Red Sox in the third. Middle of the third: Indians 2, Red Sox 0.

8:13 PM 10/16/2007
FOX’s technical aspects of its broadcasts are usually good, but not tonight. There’s a lot of audio feedback and now the video is starting to glitch. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER.

8:17 PM 10/16/2007
HAHA! A batted ball just hit David Ortiz. A bad baserunning mistake by the Sox, as now a double play ends the inning.

8:22 PM 10/16/2007
Another good inning by Westbrook, he’s giving the Indians exactly what they need thus far.

8:37 PM 10/16/2007
Yet another good inning by Westbrook, he’s getting it DONE tonight. 5 IP, 63 pitches, no runs, only three hits. Middle of 5: Indians 2, Red Sox 0.

8:50 PM 10/16/2007
Dice-K is on the ropes here, with Asdrubal Cabrera at the plate. Kind of important that the Indians get him out of the game now, I think.

8:53 PM 10/16/2007
Asdrubal just singled up the middle. Good at bat, nice job staying with it and not trying to do too much. Dice-K might be done, especially with Hafner coming up.

8:55 PM 10/16/2007
Good hustle by Hafner, he hit a double play ball to second but he beat it out, which drove in Sizemore. 4-0 Indians.

9:02 PM 10/16/2007
Victor Martinez has singled, and here comes the bullpen. Matsuzaka goes 4 2/3. Not what the Red Sox paid all that money for. Garko is now at the plate with runners at first and second and two out.

9:19 PM 10/16/2007
Huge double play ball! Ramirez grounds to Peralta, and Westbrook gets out of it. Worst case, he gets the Indians through six innings of baseball.

9:35 PM 10/16/2007
Well there goes the shutout. Jason Varitek just hit a two run homer to make it 4-2 Indians.

9:42 PM 10/16/2007
Westbrook is out. He went 6 2/3, allowed 2 ER and cannot lose the game. An outstanding job by Westbrook tonight, now on to Jensen Lewis.

9:49 PM 10/16/2007
Jensen Lewis struck out the batter he faced, stretch time at the Jake!

10:06 PM 10/16/2007
Betancourt’s on to pitch the eighth against Youkilis, Ortiz and Ramirez. Obviously a crucial inning for the bullpen.

10:13 PM 10/16/2007
Betancourt sets them down 1-2-3. What a season for Betancourt, what a job here in the eighth. Three outs to go.

10:27 PM 10/16/2007
Indians go 1-2-3 in the eighth. It’s Borowski time.

10:31 PM 10/16/2007
Mike Lowell pops up to first. One out in the ninth.

10:32 PM 10/16/2007
JD Drew flies out to center. Two down. Jason Varitek to the plate.

10:37 PM 10/16/2007
Ballgame! Indians win, 4-2.

Originally posted on Cleveland, Curveballs and Common Sense on October 15, 2007 at 7:39 PM. Post text content © 2007 Jimmy Sawczuk. All rights reserved.