Well that was that! Too bad the Roxs couldn't get at least one victory at home. They certainly had their chances but for as much luck they had getting to the world series, that same luck sided with the Red Sox for this series. I don't think the Roxs were as bad as they appeared nor do I think the Red Sox were that dominant but for 4 games the Soxs made the pitches and got the timely hits whereas the Roxs just couldn't manufacture that break. So the ugly truth:
Tad bit ugly for the Roxs. The big thing that stands out is the 36 strikeouts by the Roxs and the 19 walks allowed by the Roxs. We had 41 (2 HBP) base runners (plated .244) and they had 67 (1 HBP) base runners (plated .433). We turned 3 double plays and they only turned 2. We left 28 men in on base, they left 34. Finally the Roxs batted .167 with runners in scoring position and Soxs were .419! Yikes! A complete offensive thumping by the Sox or alot of timely hits (or bad pitches). The best evaluation I read was from the USA Today which basically gave the Red Sox scouting department in A+ for giving a fantastic script for the pitchers to use. Granted you have to have pitchers who can make the pitches and that rotation they sent out did that very thing and well our pitchers never seemed to get that dominant strike out or the much needed double play. In the end I think the Roxs were just a bit in over their head. A big stage to be on for the first time and a mammoth historical team to have to face the first time around. Hopefully this will make the next time not so scary!