With Game One of the 103rd World Series in the books, here’s some notes regarding last nights 13-1 win by the Boston Red Sox over the Colorado Rockies, and factoids to consider for tonight's Game Two (FOX, 8PM ET):
- Colorado suffered a 12-run loss last night, easily the largest postseason defeat in team history
- It was the Rockies’ first postseason loss since Oct. 7, 1995 at Atlanta, when the Rox were eliminated from the NLDS.
- Colorado’s Franklin Morales allowed 7 runs in 0.2 (94.50 ERA) inning last night in his first World Series game…it was just the 3rd time a relief pitcher has permitted at least 7 runs in a World Series game…the others: Yankees’ Jay Witasick, Nov. 3, 2001 at Ari. (Game 6, 9 runs), and NY Giants’ Hooks Wiltse, Oct. 26, 1911 at Phi. (Game 6, 8 runs).
- Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and the Rockies’ lone RBI in his World Series debut last night… he joined Todd Helton as the only Rockies last night with multiple hits.
- The Red Sox set a club World Series record with 13 runs in Game 1…Previous high was 11 twice, October 7, 1903, Game 5, vs. Pittsburgh and October 23, 2004, Game 1, vs. St. Louis…Club’s 17 hits last night were 2nd most in a World Series game to 18 on October 19, 1986, Game 2, vs. the Mets…The 13 runs were the most ever for a team in a World Series opener.
- Boston had 8 doubles on Wednesday to match the single game World Series record, previously done by the White Sox, Oct. 13, 1906 and the Pirates, Oct. 15, 1925.
- With Wednesday’s victory, the Red Sox have won 5 straight World Series Games (4-2004; 1-2005) since a Game 7 loss to the Mets in the 1986 fall classic…It is the 2nd longest active World Series winning streak behind Cincinnati, which has won its last 9 fall classic contests beginning with Game 7 in 1975.
- The Red Sox are now 8-3 in World Series openers, winning 4 in a row since losing to St. Louis in 1967…Of the 7 previous occasions in which Boston has captured Game 1, the team is 3-3-1 in Game 2, winning in 1986 and 2004 after losing in 1975…Of the 7 times the Sox have taken a 1-0 Series lead, the club has go on to win the World Championship 4 times, winning in 2004 but losing the previous 3 times (1946; 1975; 1986).
- The Red Sox have posted a 6-3-1 record in Game 2 of the World Series, winning in each of the their last 2 trips to the fall classic (1986 and 2004).
- The Red Sox have a 19-9 playoff record since the start of 2004 and have won 16 of their last 21 games in post-season play.
- The Red Sox have scored 10 or more runs in each of their last 3 post-season games, the 1st time that has ever been accomplished in ML history, and 4 overall playoff games in 2007, a team record…Previous most was 3 total times in 1999…Boston has outscored the opposition, 43-6 in the last 4 post-season games.
- Jacoby Ellsbury and Julio Lugo are swapping places in the line-up tonight for the Red Sox with Ellsbury batting 8th and Lugo 9th.
- The Rockies have listed no changes to their line-up for tonight's game.
Source: Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Major League Baseball
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