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6/13/07 vs. Colorado

June 13, 2007

Not sure how to start or finish this one. Pitch by pitch would most likely be as painful to read as it was to experience. 

At the end of the second inning I’d faced 13 batters, thrown close to 50 pitches, and I didn’t feel physically bad at all. We certainly didn’t play our sharpest game early but it was an odd start.

 

Through 2 innings I felt like I made 2 real mistakes. The 2-1 fastball to Atkins was middle of the plate and the split to Matsui was up. Other than that I thought we pretty much made the pitches we wanted to in the spots we wanted to make them.

 

Never the less it’s 3-0 after the top of the second. I’ve given up 6 hits, and I am not sure if I should be pissed or what. I thought we settled down nicely in the next inning. Made some pitches and had a good clean inning after we had put a run on the board to make it 3-1.

 

We did pretty much the same in the fourth and in my mind we turned the momentum and the game around at this point. I’d had two clean innings and felt like I had, stuffwise, what I needed to win this game. I was completely confident that we would score more runs as long as I could keep it 3-2.

 

The fifth starts off with Matsui hitting a single on a two strike pitch. Holliday hits a pitch I thought we executed well, a two seam fastball in, but he muscles the ball to left. I know that based on pitch count and score I may be in my last inning. I need to make something happen to get us in the dugout and keep the score where it is. So we start things off with Helton grinding his way through another 7 pitch AB and we end up getting him to fly out to shallow center on a two seam fastball in. We get Atkins to swing and miss at a split for strike three.

 

I just KNEW that first pitch change up was the pitch to make in the next spot. I was sure he was going to be swinging, and felt that we could get him out on his front foot. With the weather being as cold as it was, and the wind blowing in from right most of the day, I wanted any balls in the air to be in right field. I throw the change and leave it letter high, inner half and the game is pretty much over when Hawpe makes contact. To say I was stunned would be an understatement. I’ve given up more than my share of home runs, but not that many come as total shocks to me, this one was. Not because of the hitter or anything but a home run wasn’t even in the deepest recesses of my sub conscious right there. I was sure I was making the right pitch to the right hitter in the right spot.

 

Obviously I was wrong.

 

6 runs, ALL with two outs. Two out runs are absolute killers to a defense and huge momentum swings for the team getting them. Bottom line was there were over 20 different opportunities to make pitches, get outs, and NOT give up the runs. I didn’t get it done and as a result of that we lost the game.

  

171 Comments leave one →
  1. aimcifer permalink
    June 21, 2007 12:16 pm

    Hoping you get some rest and make a speedy recovery. RSN will miss you and are rooting for you.

  2. June 21, 2007 12:34 pm

    Hope everything is ok with you curt. Rest easy, take care of the shoulder, and be ready to pitch down the stretch. So you had a few bad games, I am pretty sure we can all relate on some level to bad days and bad stretches. The season is still young ;)

  3. dbrow permalink
    June 21, 2007 6:52 pm

    Hey Schil, we are all praying for a speedy recovery.

    Check out replacement options at;

    http://www.theredsoxoutsider.blogspot.com

  4. theotherm permalink
    June 21, 2007 7:55 pm

    Curt, Just wanted to pass along some get well energy…hope to see you soon!

  5. bosocker permalink
    June 21, 2007 9:10 pm

    Was the game in Atlanta so ugly and painful we don’t get a recap by #38?

    I find win or lose the read is very good due to Curt’s excellent writing skills.

    The BoSox had a skid , but are still one of the top teams in the league. Curt has a two game skid and is still one of the top throwers in the league.

    I hope he doesn’t feel so bad he stops writing. This is one of my fav sites.

    Go Shilling and Go BoSox!!!

    Now 10 and a half up on the Yankees. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

  6. arkangel1231 permalink
    June 22, 2007 2:53 am

    Don’t let it getcha down. Some day, when you’ve been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, I know nobody is gonna hear the name Curt Schilling and think of this kind of performance. They will remember your clutch pitching in big-game situations, your command of the strike zone, and your respect for the game and the tradition of baseball. Frankly, the whole team is on a rip right now, and we have yet to see the big bats really start hitting them over the fence. You’ve got a good, fundamentally-sound ballclub this year, and I hope to see you on the mound once again this post-season. I know a pitcher with as much heart and focus as you will be able to pull off some more spectacular wins in October. Hopefully this time you won’t have that traitor Johnson in your way of snatching up the World Series MVP this time around.

    Screw the Yankees
    Go SOX!

  7. imasoxfan permalink
    June 22, 2007 5:06 pm

    Hey Curt,
    Get better soon buddy! We’re all gonna miss you. When you come back you can start over new. Forget the last couple starts.

    Good Luck!!!

  8. imasoxfan permalink
    June 22, 2007 5:16 pm

    I must add,

    don’t listen to anyone puttin’ you down. just practice some more once your shoulders better. you’ll get’em next time.

  9. bobwal permalink
    June 23, 2007 7:21 am

    Hey Curt,

    I was just wondering what you thought of George W. Bush’s decision this week to veto a bill that was passed by the House providing federal money for stem cell research. Bush has stalled out stem cell funding for seven years now, and many experts agree that it could have helped provide the cure to many diseases. As someone who does so much great work for the ALS cure, does it bother you that our President is letting his extreme religious beliefs stand in the way of modern science?

    When you helped him get re elected in 2004, did you ever think that things would ever get this bad? I know that you are a big military buff, so it must bother you that the Iraq War has lasted longer than World War II. Bush didn’t listen to his military advisers who either didn’t want the war, or wanted 400,000 troops instead of the 150,000 that Don Rumsfeld gave them. In the 1940’s we defeated a three fascist dictators who were bent on taking over the world. In the last three years we have spent almost a trillion dollars, lost over 3500 of our soldiers and injured thousands of others, and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens. FOR WHAT????

  10. June 23, 2007 8:19 am

    Hey Curt –
    Anxiously awaiting on baited breath for your next post. :)

  11. smackdown924 permalink
    June 23, 2007 4:43 pm

    Hope you feel better, Curt
    I hear you got an injection? I know just what you need, I’ll get some monks together and we’ll cast some heals on you :D We’ll have you back on your feet and throwing 1 hitters in no-time. Heck, you’re a good enough guy, maybe we’ll even throw in a few buffs ;)

    I hope that cheers you up. Seriously though, I’m sure you’ll be fine. You have a lot of people thinking about you and a lot of people praying. No, not selfishly praying that you lead us to another world series, but rather praying that you recover fully and quickly, and are blessed with the skill and grace that God has given you.

    See you soon,
    Mike in Rhode Island

  12. June 23, 2007 5:48 pm

    Skankfan22 you should have waited until after the Skankees played the Rockies…..LOOK WHO SUCKS. Also Clemons looked great in his last outing, worth every penny he Squeezed…… out of George !! Ha !!!!!!!!

  13. trybritri permalink
    June 23, 2007 8:09 pm

    Have a good rest. You’re be up and kicking ass in no time.

  14. soxbeach68 permalink
    June 23, 2007 11:11 pm

    Ok Curt…you said you didn’t feel physically bad during your start, but you’re on the DL now. What gives? What’s going on here? You’re pretty honest in your blog, let us know what’s up. You only blog after each start–since that’s gonna be a while–give us an update on your arm. So how do you feel about pitching next year now? Does this have anything to do with the fact that you didn’t get an offseason workout this year? Did the complete game 1 hitter hurt you?

    Because of what has happened this year do you alter the asking price for next year? Does this have any impact on your decision to pitch next year?

    It’s June 23rd…hope we hear from you soon.

  15. skinnyman2007 permalink
    June 24, 2007 11:11 am

    Hi Curt hope you sholder feels better when you get back. I am glad there was no major damage in your sholder. When you get back you will pitch great!!!!!!!!. You are a big part of the Red Sox. How is Papelbon’s sholder doing Curt? Is Kevin Youkils going to be on the All Star team? He should be. He is having a great year!!!!!!!. Is Jon Lester going to be called up while you are on the disabled list Curt? Take care Curt and get well soon. I will miss seeing you pitch while you are on the disabled list Curt.

    From, Jeff

  16. rollittofirst permalink
    June 24, 2007 5:00 pm

    With all these comments saying, “get well soon,” “we are all praying for a speedy recovery,” etc, you’d think that Curt has some serious illness and is in the hospital, instead of a simply being a 40 year old pitcher who is past his prime with not unexpected shoulder soreness. The decision by the Sox to not give in to his contract demands in spring training is sure looking like the right move now.

  17. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 24, 2007 8:27 pm

    Just a glitch! A physiological glitch! Maybe tendonitis heals fast. We would all help if we could.

  18. b4andbeyond permalink
    June 24, 2007 9:38 pm

    Or maybe it was that everlasting goat! Maybe it kicked your shoulder some restless night.

  19. June 25, 2007 10:17 am

    … do you guys who’re asking actually believe Curt has any inclination to answer questions about his plans for ’08, much less his potential asking price, here on a public blog?

    Seriously?

    Anyway, Curt, tough break on the injury. It’s heartening, as a fan, to see how great a position that the brass has put the team in, regarding its ability to compensate for injuries, though. This is the first time in a long, long time, that I as a fan have felt complete confidence that our farm hands can come in and fill slots capably on the ML roster. While it sucks seeing you riding the DL, it’s exciting to get a glimpse at the depth of the organization.

    Take your time and get the shoulder right. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more October Schilling.

  20. astrofanpaulg permalink
    June 25, 2007 11:52 am

    Hey Curt…Not sure if I am supposed to post anything like this or not. I like you blog…more players should do it.

    Anyway, just wanted to send you a link from your days as an Astro. Unfortunately, I don’t remember you all that well, but in a video clip highlighting Craig Biggio’s pursuit of 3,000 hits, there you are, pitching BP to Bidge.

    Here is the link:

    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=sports&id=5411511

    It’s the video titled…”Craig Biggio talks about ’01 All Star selection”
    It flashes to you on the mound at the 58th second…

    Got any stories about Biggio….first ballot HoF in your mind?

    Thanks and keep up all the good work you do.

  21. November 14, 2009 2:34 pm

    Sweating for no reason at all sucks.

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