Rockies need to start swinging the bats better

Originally Published: October 25, 2007
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- Never has a one-run lead seemed so insurmountable.

The Colorado Rockies, stomped to mush in Game 1 by the Red Sox, said they knew what they had to do to win Game 2.

Their manager, Clint Hurdle, called his team a "no-excuse ballclub." He said he needed his pitchers to make pitches.

Check. After a night when Dustin Pedroia led off the game with a homer, Kevin Youkilis and Manny Ramirez scored three times, David Ortiz banged two doubles and the Red Sox ...

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