After losing the first two games of the 2007 World Series, the Colorado Rockies came home to Denver to host the first World Series game to take place in Colorado and it didn’t go well for the Rockies.
The Rockies offense struggled mightily in the first two games of the World Series against the Red Sox as they only scored a single run in both games. They lost both games in differing fashions as they lost 13-1 and 2-1. They hoped that their offense would return with coming home to Coors Field and an off-day.
The Rockies had Josh Fogg start the game for them and the Red Sox sent Japanese baseball legend Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound. Despite the cold conditions (it was 45 degrees at the start of the game), the Rockies offense did wake up some as they did score five runs in the game but it was a bit too late.
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The first two innings were uneventful in the run column but the two teams combined for four hits. However, Fogg struggled in the third inning and couldn’t stop the bleeding, as he was yanked in favor of Franklin Morales after facing ten batters, allowing six runs, seven hits, and two walks in the 3rd inning. That all but sealed the fate for the Rockies, who didn’t get to Matsuzaka until he walked two straight batters after getting an out in the sixth inning. Those were the last two batters he faced in the game.
Former Rockies left-hander reliever Javier Lopez came on in relief of Matsuzaka and he allowed back-to-back RBI singles to Brad Hawpe and Yorvit Torrealba to cut the Rockies’ deficit by one-third. Lopez was relieved by right-hander Mike Timlin, who retired Ryan Spilborghs and Jeff Baker to end the inning.
Matt Holliday made it interesting in the 7th inning as he hit a three-run home run off left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima to make it 6-5 Red Sox but the Rockies own left-handed reliever, Brian Fuentes, couldn’t keep the game where it was in the next half inning.
He allowed a walk, a single, an RBI double, and a two-run double all in succession in the top of the 8th, making it 9-5 Red Sox. The Sox would tack on another run with a sacrifice fly in the 9th inning to make it 10-5, which is what the final score ended up being.
The Rockies found themselves down 3-0 in the series heading into Game 4, which took place on October 28.
Note: This is the third of a four-part series where we look back at key moments from each of the 2007 World Series games featuring the Rockies and Red Sox.