The Baseball Desert

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Rush Of Blood To The Head

I don't know whether the fact that Wally took one for the team last night by spending the whole game stood on his head:
was of any real help, but Schilling got the job done in a big way last night.

Through seven innings he pretty much threw what he wanted where he wanted, a pitching-machine performance: "Please select your pitch: fastball, curve, splitter. Please select location: inside, outside, up, down. Execute pitch." Schilling had such great command that he could probably have come out throwing left-handed and still won the game.

This was - unbelievably - the Red Sox' first shutout since last July, but what's more important is that Schilling stopped the bleeding. A little reminder of how the game was meant to be played, indeed.