So much for the sweep. Final score from Game 4 of the ALCS: Red Sox – 6, Yankees – 4 in 12 innings.
It didn’t necessarily pain me that Boston kept themselves from getting swept. Or that Yankees-killer David Ortiz won the game with a walk-off two-run HR in the bottom of the 12th. What pained me was that the Yankees had a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 9th with uber-reliever Mariano Rivera on the hill—and Rivera blew the save for only the fourth time in his illustrious postseason career. (Admittedly, though, the Sox have sort of had Rivera’s number this season.)
At least Yankees LF Hideki Matsui is still tearing it up. His game line: 2-5, 2B, 3B. For the series: 11-20, 5 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI.
Oh well, it’s still a 3-1 series lead for New York at this point. Game 5 matches up Mussina for the Yanks against Martinez for the Sox in what should be a pitcher’s showcase. New York in five still sounds pretty good to me.