Red Sox short hops10/19/2004 2:53 AM ET
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Most of the talk prior to the ALCS was how good the Boston starters were going to be, specifically Pedro Martinez and Curt Schilling, but the relievers have since stolen the show.
During the last two games, the bullpen has allowed just one run in 14 2/3 innings and
on Monday the pen worked eight scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks, in
the Red Sox's 5-4 come-from-behind victory in Game 5.
"We used, basically, everybody," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "To get shutout innings out of your bullpen for that length of time it was an unbelievable performance."
Martinez and Schilling have yet to win a game. By contrast, David Ortiz has accomplished the feat twice with game-winning hits Sunday and Monday.
A look at key statistics through Game 5 of the ALCS.
||thank the bullpen again
||Ortiz comes up big when needed -- again
||scoring machine is starting to roll
||errors are costly in any game, especially in
||.478, 2 HR, 9 RBI
||Ortiz making it happen when it counts
||.348, 2 2B, 4 RBI
||a force on defense, now a threat on offense
Behind the numbers
||.083, 0 HR, 1 RBI
||Red Sox need Damon in a bad way
||.176, 0 HR, 2 RBI
||Time to Cowboy Up before time runs out
Ortiz drove in three runs Monday and has nine of the team's 25 RBIs this postseason.
Ortiz has four career stolen bases but none since 2002 while with Minnesota. He
tried to change that in the 12th inning but was throw out. Ortiz did stroke the
game-winning hit in the 14th inning. He hit a walk-off home run Sunday and homered again in the eighth inning Monday.
In the sixth inning, Martinez hit Miguel Cairo with two outs to load the bases
and set off a chain of events that ended with the Red Sox trailing 4-2. Three
pitches later, Derek Jeter hit a bases-clearing double that put the Yankees
ahead by two runs. Martinez hit the next hitter, Alex Rodriguez, and walked Gary
Sheffield on five pitches, but was rescued by a fantastic catch on a line drive
off the bat of Hideki Matsui by Trot Nixon for the final out. With that, Pedro was done for
Francona putting Cabrera in the No. 2 hole in the order for the second
consecutive game provided the spark to the offense that has been lacking since
Damon hit his recent slump. The speedy Cabrera went 1-for-6 Monday, not good,
but good enough while the club waits for Damon to get on track.
Monday's win marked only the third time in postseason history that a team has won consecutive extra-inning games to avoid elimination.
Doug Mirabelli is Tim Wakefield's usual catcher and it showed on Monday. Starter Jason Varitek had trouble with the knuckleballer and was charged with three passed balls in the 13th inning, a postseason record
for a single inning. The previous record holder was Toronto's Pat Borders, who was charged with two passed balls in the 1991 ALCS while catching knuckleballer Tom Candiotti.
"We have nothing to lose. We lose one more game and we go home. Maybe that's
making it easy for us to let it all hang out and not be uptight or nervous or
wrapped up in the situation." -- Doug Mientkiewicz
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