BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

Red Sox just keep on hitting


History tells us that things don't look good for the Rockies, since no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the World Series. But this season has been all about making history, so don't count the Rockies out just yet.

The problem for Colorado, though, is that the Red Sox are not the Cubs or the Diamondbacks. The Red Sox are the team with the best record in baseball and they've shown why with their amazing offensive performance in the past six games. Even Daisuke Matsuzaka got into the act in Game 3, chipping in with a two-run single. He joined Babe Ruth and Cy Young as Red Sox pitchers to get multiple RBIs in a World Series game.

RED SOX OFFENSE (IN THE PAST SIX GAMES)
  Last three games of LCS Last three games of WS
Batting average .381 .352
Runs 30 25
Extra-base hits 16 17
WORLD SERIES GAME 4 PITCHING PREVIEW
LHP Jon Lester, Red Sox
• He is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA in two postseason appearances.
• He hasn't started a game since Sept. 26 (Red Sox were 9-2 in his 11 starts).
• Key inning: He has a .333 opponents batting average in the first and fourth innings.
RHP Aaron Cook, Rockies
• He was 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in interleague play in 2007, including a loss to the Red Sox.
• He hasn't started a game since Aug. 10 (the Rockies were 10-15 in his 25 starts).
• He can hit: .238 batting average, three doubles and 13 sacrifices (tied for fourth in the National League).

THE WORST POSTSEASON EVER

There's only one October. And thank God for that.

Oh, for a moment there, things got interesting Saturday night. Down by six runs early, the Rockies' offense finally came to life in a sudden late rally. Matt Holliday slammed a three-run homer to close the deficit to 6-5 and send an electrical charge throughout Coors Field. A guy dressed as Uncle Sam danced by a concession stand. A guy dressed as the Jolly Green Giant hollered and waved his towel. Another guy braving the 39-degree weather without a shirt hopped up and down in the aisle. And yet another guy dressed in a gorilla suit clapped his big, hairy paws together. Suddenly, unexpectedly, the World Series was fun again.

But it was only for a moment.

Then Clint Hurdle, managing his team as if he was Homer Simpson working a Rubik's cube, unaccountably removed reliever Matt Herges right after he had struck out the side in the seventh on 14 pitches. He brought in Brian Fuentes, who immediately allowed three runs, putting the game out of reach again so that it fit right back into the rest of this sorry month:

The worst postseason in baseball history.

Read Jim's entire column

BASEBALL TONIGHT MINUTE
John Kruk and Steve Phillips explain why they think the Rockies have no chance to come back and win the World Series.
THIS DATE IN POSTSEASON HISTORY:
OCT. 28
1995: Brave new world
Tom Glavine pitched eight shutout innings, allowing one hit, and David Justice homered, giving the Braves a 1-0 win over the Indians in Game 6 of the World Series. The Braves clinch the series in six games, their only World Series title during their tremendous postseason run from 1991 through 2005. Glavine, who won two games in the series, won MVP honors.
PITCHED EIGHT-PLUS INNINGS IN WORLD SERIES
Allowed one hit or fewer since Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956:
Jim Lonborg Tom Glavine
Year 1967 1995
Opp. Cardinals Indians
Game 2 6
IP 9 8
Runs 0 0
Hits 1 1
SO/BB 4/1 8/3
Final score 5-0 1-0
1989: Strong as an Oak
The Athletics complete a four-game sweep of the Giants with a 9-6 victory in Game 4 of the World Series. The series was interrupted by an earthquake in San Francisco between Games 2 and 3 and the usual celebration for a championship was more subdued as a result. Dave Stewart and Mike Moore each won two games for Oakland, with Stewart winning MVP honors.
1981: Four-gone conclusion
The Dodgers pound the Yankees, 9-2, in Yankee Stadium, their fourth straight victory over the Yankees, which gives L.A. the World Series title. The Dodgers rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to win the series. Pedro Guerrero led the way with five RBIs (Dusty Baker had two hits and two runs scored) and Steve Howe closed out the game with 3 2/3 innings of relief.


 

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