10/07/07 7:51 PM ET
Red Sox Short Hops: Game 3
Boston rout of Halos leads to third trip to ALCS in five years
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Curt Schilling reaffirmed his claim as one of the game's best postseason pitchers by holding the Angels scoreless on six hits in seven innings. Frozen moment
David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez connected for back-to-back home runs off Angels starter Jered Weaver in the fourth. Ortiz led off the inning and drove an 0-1 pitch into the right-field stands. Ramirez followed with a blast to deep center field on a 3-2 pitch to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. It was the second time the pair had hit back-to-back home runs in the postseason, and the first time they went back-to-back this season. Big number
22 -- With his 22nd career postseason home run, Ramirez tied Bernie Williams for the most career postseason home runs. Game balls
Broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run to lead off the fourth. Manny Ramirez
Added to the Red Sox's lead when he followed Ortiz with a home run. Curt Schilling
Threw 76 strikes in a 100-pitch outing to handcuff the Angels for seven innings. In 16 career postseason starts, Schilling is 9-2 with a 1.93 ERA.
Sense of October
When Ortiz's solo home run broke a scoreless tie in the fourth, the feeling was like so many Red Sox postseasons past. While the slugger rounded the bases, the Boston fans in attendance cheered loudly, announcing their presence. Red Sox Nation travels and shows up to watch their team; Sunday afternoon reconfirmed that fact.
3 AB, 1 R, 2 H, HR, RBI, BB
Comment: Ortiz's second home run of the postseason put the Red Sox up, 1-0, giving him a .714 average (5-for-7) in the series, with two home runs and three RBIs.
7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, BB, 4 Ks
Comment: Told reporters on Saturday he had a game plan; On Sunday, he executed that plan to perfection.
"I enjoyed watching him before, when he threw 95, 96 mph. It's fun to watch him come into his new craft and watch him mix his pitches. [He] still has the pinpoint accuracy with his fastball. As a pitcher, it's fun to watch him." -- Josh Beckett on Schilling
By virtue of their three-game sweep of the Angels, the Red Sox advanced to the American League Championship Series. They will now play the winner of the Indians-Yankees series on Friday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox will have a rested Beckett ready to start the seven-game series that determines who represents the Junior Circuit in the World Series.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.