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Sheffield Q&A: Game 4, ALCS10/18/2004 3:17 AM ET
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
BOSTON -- The Yankees missed out on an opportunity to advance to the World Series on Sunday night, dropping Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, 6-4, after the Red Sox came back in the ninth against closer Mariano Rivera.
David Ortiz hit the game-winning home run in the 12th, setting up Monday's Game 5 between Pedro Martinez and Mike Mussina.
Gary Sheffield went 0-for-5 with an intentional walk in the game, his first hitless game since Game 1 of the Division Series.
After the game, Sheffield spoke with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand about being three outs away from the World Series, the Game 4 battle of the bullpens and the Pedro-Moose matchup on Monday.
MLB.com: How disappointing is it to be three outs away from the World Series and have the game unfold the way it did?
Sheffield: It's one of those things where we let it get away. We know that. But we're a good enough team to bounce back tomorrow.
MLB.com: How surprising is it to see Mariano Rivera blow a save in this kind of situation?
Sheffield: The hardest thing to do is get those last three outs, especially when that's all you need to get to the World Series. The Red Sox know that, too, so they're fighting as hard as they can to not let that happen.
MLB.com: Game 3 was a battle of which bullpen could stop the bleeding. Did Game 4 feel like it would come down to which bullpen made a mistake?
MLB.com: How good was your bullpen tonight?
Sheffield: They did an outstanding job. When you have a one-run game at this ballpark, anything can happen, but they did a great job for us.
MLB.com: In this ballpark, when both teams keep letting scoring opportunities slip by, is it a tense feeling out there?
Sheffield: Actually, it was pretty calm. We just didn't get it done, so we have to tip our cap to both bullpens.
MLB.com: When David Ortiz hit that ball out to end the game, what was going through your mind?
Sheffield: We'll be playing tomorrow.
MLB.com: Is it hard to wipe away a game like this, considering what's at stake?
Sheffield: Not at all. We have to go out, concentrate on tomorrow, get a good night's sleep and forget about this one. You have to take the good with the bad. You need a short memory to get by something like this.
MLB.com: You're still up three games to one. Do you still feel like you're in control?
Sheffield: All we need is one game. That's the way you keep it in perspective.
MLB.com: There's an old saying that momentum is only as good as the next day's starting pitcher. How good do you feel with Mike Mussina taking the hill in Game 5?
Sheffield: We feel good with Moose out there. We have to go out, execute the plays behind our pitcher and get him some runs to work with.
MLB.com: Your team has had some success against Pedro Martinez. Does that help your confidence?
Sheffield: When you focus on winning one game, that's what you have to keep your focus on. It doesn't matter who is pitching for them, we just have to get the job done.
MLB.com: Is this series ending in Game 5?
Sheffield: I hope so.
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