Well, the 6th inning is the point that people would have pointed to had the Sox lost tonight - it's where the Sox made the kind of muffs that make Boston fans wince. They were up 3-2, and then Matsui tripled. He came in on a funky chopper that Mueller couldn't handle at third. Then a wild pitch sent Williams over to second. Posada got on. Another wild pitch, but they got lucky throwing Williams out. Then a bobbled ball by Bellhorn at second let Sierra get on, and they walked Cairo to load the bases for Jeter. They got Jeter on a routine ground ball, but by this time the score was 4-3 Yankees. While they only scored two runs, it had all the features of recent post season Yankees/Sox matchups - a questionable pitching change (Lowe out, Timlin in), followed by a bunch of muffed plays in the field. You could almost hear the oxygen being sucked out of Fenway at that point.
It stayed that way though 7, and then the Yankees brought in Rivera - who closed out the 8th easily. Meanwhile, The Red Sox brought in Foulke in the 7th - and this was his first 3 inning appearance in a long, long time. He did the job though; held the lead to one run.
So it came down to the bottom of the ninth, with Rivera on the mound, protecting a one run lead. He couldn't do it; Millar got on with a walk, a pinch runner came in to steal second, and Mueller drove him in. A sacrifice bunt sent Mueller to second, and that brought up Damon - who only had one hit in the entire series. And now it was the Yankees turn to muff plays - a hopper to first was bobbled, leaving mean on 1st and third with 1 out. Rivera struck Cabrera out, bringing up Ramirez - and no rbi's to this point in the series. Walked on a hight 3-2 pitch, leaving the bases loaded for Ortiz. Things just couldn't get more tense than this. Ortiz popped it up, sending the game into extra innings. At that point, the real question was: With the Sox pen so depleted after last night's game, would they be able to hold the Yankee bats down?
The Red Sox sent Embree out - he only lasted 2/3rd of an inning last night. Did his job in the 10th though - got the side out quietly. Gordon came in and did his job in the 10th - it now came down to a battle of bullpen staying power.
To the 11th - Cairo ripped a single, and Jetter bunted him over to second. At this point, Embree was throwing nothing but fastballs. He got lucky on a shot by Rodriguez that Cabrera saved at short. Embree pitched around Sheffield, and Francona brought in Myers to face Matsui - the guy who's done more damage than anyone else during this series. Myers walked Matsui on 4 pitches to load the bases, and off he went - in came Leskanic. He got slapped around last night, and tonight he faced Bernie Williams with the bases loaded and 2 out - he did the job tonight though, getting Williams on a shallow fly to center. One thing is for sure - if the Sox didn't score soon, they were going to run out of pitching choices.
The 12th started with Leskanic still on the mound, and Wakefield warming up. Posada got himself on with a broken bat looper to right. Sierra accidentally sacrificed Posada over - he lined a ball into Leskanic's leg. He stayed in while Wakefield warmed up. Meanwhile, the Yankees got Quantrill ready to face the heart of the Sox's order. Leskanic finished Cairo off, and the Sox came up to try their luck against Quantrill. And that's how things got to game 5 - Ramirez singled, and Ortiz' bat finally woke up with a 2 run shot. The Red Sox get a game 5, in less than 16 hours.