10/28/07 3:39 AM ET
Red Sox get to usually solid Fogg
Nothing goes right for Rockies starter in six-run third inning
By C.J. Moore / MLB.com
In a June series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Rockies' starters held the Red Sox to four runs in 17 1/3 innings.
However, in three World Series games, Colorado starters have given up 14 runs in 11 1/3 innings.
"Early in the year, when we went there, they weren't hitting like they are right now, and they really made an adjustment," Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba said. "And we haven't made an adjustment. Our pitching, honestly, hasn't made an adjustment."To be fair, neither has the Rockies offense, which has scored seven runs in three Series games. Colorado's lineup hasn't hit well all postseason, but it has secured early leads and the Rockies' pitching has made the lack of a run support a moot point -- until now. Saturday's third inning was a microcosm of the series. Once one Red Sox player gets a hit, they all follow. Ellsbury started the third with a double, Dustin Pedroia followed with a bunt single and David Ortiz drove in Ellsbury with a double, sending Pedroia to third. Used to pitching in traffic, Fogg didn't panic. He even agreed with the decision to intentionally walk Manny Ramirez to load the bases with no outs for Mike Lowell. "There's certain guys you don't want to beat you in situations, and I think that was a situation where [Ramirez is] the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox," Fogg said. "Every swing he takes seems like a good swing. You don't want to get beat there by the guy that you kind of peg in their lineup as the guy to not let beat you." Fogg was looking to force Lowell to ground into a double play, but the third baseman hit a two-run single up the middle.
After getting J.D. Drew to fly out, Fogg allowed Jason Varitek to add another run with an RBI single. Fogg pitched carefully to Julio Lugo, walking him to bring Matsuzaka to the plate with two outs.Fogg hung a curveball and Matsuzaka got the first hit of his Major League career. "Obviously, that was the momentum changer right there. [With] Lugo up, I'm not going to throw him a pitch to hit," Fogg said. "In my mind, I'd rather face Dice-K, and he ended up burning me. "I was going to try to get him out the way I did the first at-bat, throw him three curveballs. That was my plan. I made a pitch in the middle of the plate, and he's obviously a pretty good athlete. He's a Major League baseball player. He put a good swing on it and hit it in the hole." Now, the Rockies find themselves in a monumental hole. Down 3-0 in the World Series, they give the ball to starter Aaron Cook, who hasn't pitched in a Major League game since Aug. 10. "If there's anybody that can do it, it's Cookie," Rockies reliever Matt Herges said. "He's about as tenacious a competitor as I've ever played with. He's the guy I want. This is a great call putting him on the roster. He's our No. 1 guy during the season, and if anybody can do it, he can."
C.J. Moore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.