Curt Schilling pitched an economical eight-inning shutout in an 8-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels yesterday at Fenway. He threw 103 pitches before giving way to Brendan Donnelly, who pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the shutout.
Thirty-six thousand three hundred came out for the 3:06 game on a chilly day here at the ballyard with the odd 4 p.m. start because of Fox television.
Schilling allowed only four hits, walked one and struck out four in improving his record to 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA.
A dozen highlights:
1. Eric Hinske, inserted at first base for Kevin Youkilis, went 2-2-for-3 with a pair of walks.
2. David Ortiz knocked in four runs, three of them with an eighth-inning garbage time homer to the canvas in center.
3. Gary Matthews Jr. messed up big time. Usually, a great center-fielder, Matthews dropped Jason Varitek's liner in the third good for two runs.
4. The Sox also got a run home on a wild pitch.
5. J.D. Drew's 13-game hitting streak came to an end when he was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning.
6. The Angels haven't homered in seven straight games.
7. Wally The Green Monster turned 10 years old.
8. Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday. The first pitch will be thrown by Dr. Charles Ogletree, professor of law and the founder of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.
9. Today marked the 40th anniversary of Billy Rohr's 1-hitter at Yankee Stadium.
10. Julio Lugo stole his third base.
11. Mike Lowell made an amazing diving stab of a ball hit by Jose Molina in the third.
12. Coco Crisp went 0-for-3 and is now hitting .111.