What will Schilling do for an encore?

What will Schilling do for an encore?

Curt Schilling spent 20 Major League seasons waiting to throw a no-hitter. Then, he shook off catcher Jason Varitek -- he threw a fastball, Varitek wanted a slider -- and must now wait again.

On Wednesday, Schilling will face the Colorado Rockies at home, six days after throwing a one-hit gem in Oakland. Schilling made just one mistake on Thursday with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and a line of solid zeroes.

Leading 1-0, Schilling needed an out against the Athletics' Shannon Stewart to cement his first career no-hitter, the Red Sox's first since Derek Lowe did it in 2002. Varitek thought Stewart would swing at a first-pitch fastball and asked for the slider. Schilling shook off the call and threw a fastball outside.

Stewart was looking for the pitch, and he shot the offering to right for a hit.

"With two outs, I was sure I had it," Schilling said after the game. "I shook off [Varitek], and now I'll have to deal with a 'What if?' the rest of my life."

Schilling might never come as close to a no-hitter again, but he has pitched well since rediscovering his splitter on May 28 (five earned runs in 21 innings, four of them in a start against the Yankees). And the veteran has pitched well against the National League since joining the Red Sox in 2004, going 4-1 in Interleague Play.

One day, perhaps, Schilling's wait will end.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (6-2, 3.49 ERA)
Schilling has a 4.31 career ERA against the Rockies in 169 1/3 innings, but he sustained most of that damage as a National Leaguer at Coors Field in Denver, where he had a 5.51 ERA in 85 innings. Only reserve catcher Yorvit Torrealba among Rockies hitters has faced Schilling as many as 10 times (five hits in 10 at-bats).

COL: RHP Josh Fogg (1-5, 5.06 ERA)
Fogg came off a stint on the disabled list with a groin strain by allowing 11 hits in five innings against the Astros. The former Pirate has faced the Red Sox just once in 2005, and he gave up five earned runs in seven innings.

Player to watch
Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew hammered Fogg while he was in the National League. Drew had just four hits in 18 at-bats, but those included a double and two homers.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WEEI 850, WROL (Español)

Up next
• Thursday: Rockies (Jeff Francis, 5-5, 3.81) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 9-0, 2.88), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Giants (Barry Zito, 6-6, 4.02) at Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 3-4, 5.25), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Giants (Matt Cain, 2-6, 3.31) at Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 7-5, 4.52), 3:55 p.m. ET

Alex McPhillips is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.