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October 18, 2004
BASEBALL: On the Ropes Again

After Pedro gets lit up in the top of the 6th, the Sox find themselves down 2 with 8 outs left. The good news: Mark Bellhorn's on second, Tanyan Sturtze is in, and Mariano and Gordon will be tired when and if they get in. And that means hope.

RUNNING UPDATES: Sturtze walks Cabrera - not an easy thing to do, as we saw last night - and Gordon's coming in to face Manny with the tying runs on base. Gordon has thrown 3 innings the past two days, including two late last night.

Gordon gets Manny to hit into a double play. Rally over. Ugh.

Sox are probably 1-2 outs away from seeing Rivera again.

Cairo doubles off the ubiquitous Timlin. And remember, he's the weakest of the Yankee hitters.

Jeter bunts him to third. Timlin needs to whiff A-Rod here.

And he does!

Sheffield intentionally walked, Timlin's out, in comes Foulke. Game on the line here, the ace is in to face Matsui.

Foulke gets him to fly out weakly to Manny.

David Ortiz goes deep off Gordon to lead off the 8th. He could run for mayor right now and win in a walk.

Gordon walks Millar. Roberts in to run for him again. Enter night, exit light?

Nope, Mel leaves him in.

0-1 on Trot, 0 out, Roberts on 1st.

2-1.

3-1, crowd's on Gordon something fierce, Yankee announcers depressed.

Roberts running 3-1, Nixon singles him to third. Varitek will face Mariano. Kapler running for Trot, who I suppose still isn't 100%? He used to run well.

2-0. Is Rivera sharp? Yankees playing back for the DP, ceding a tie.

Sac fly ties it.

Mueller grounds out to first, Kapler to 2d, Bellhorn up.

1-2 to Bellhorn.

Bellhorn whiffs. 4-4 going to 9th, bullpen cupboards are pretty close to bare. Due up top 9: Bernie-Posada-Sierra. Bottom: Damon-Cabrera-Manny. Foulke and Rivera both tired, Foulke sounds sharper, Sox are at home. Odds favor the Red Sox here, but only slightly. Odds really favor a 10- or 11-inning game.

2-out walk to Sierra. 1-2 to Tony Clark.

Ground rule double to right for Clark, Sierra has to stop at third. Cairo up, 2d and 3d and two outs.

Cairo pops out. Progress, of a sort, that you wouldn't hit for him there, but aside from Lofton there's nobody left on the Yankee bench to hit. Foulke's thrown 22 pitches, he will likely be done now if this goes to a 10th. Can Rivera be beaten a third time in one postseason?

Infield hit for Damon on Rivera's 15th pitch. Winning run on first, nobody up in Yankee pen. Can Cabrera bunt here or at least take a pitch?

Damon caught stealing. We will probably go 10 now.

Groundout on a 2-0 pitch. Manny up with 2 outs and bases empty; he will probably swing for the fences and whiff.

Rivera can be tough to bunt on, but man does that decision to have Damon run look bad right now. 2-0 to Manny, Yankee announcers moaning about call of check swing.

Fly to center, we go 10. Bronson Arroyo is in, Jeter up.

Jeter pops out, A-Rod whiffs, 1-1 to Sheffield, Felix Heredia warming up.

Sheffield whiffs. David Ortiz will lead off the bottom of the tenth. Dare to dream again? If Ortiz hits one out here, they'll make him an honorary Kennedy.

Called strikeout on check swing. Calls are even now? Minky up, Quantrill warming in the pen.

3-0 to the Mighty Mink.

Minky doubles. Kapler up, 1 out, Quantrill coming in, his 266th appearance in the past three years.

Kapler grounds out, Varitek up with 2 out, man on 3d.

Varitek pops out. I've got to get in the car, so I'll wrap this later.

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