10/20/2004 1:58 AM ET
Red Sox short hops
Boston treading where no team has gone before
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- From oblivion to the cusp of history, the rolling Red Sox
are one victory away from qualifying for the World Series after
trailing in the American League Championship Series, 3-0.
Only twice in North American major professional sports have teams come
back to win a series after trailing 3-0, and both came in the NHL --
Toronto did it in the 1942 Stanley Cup Finals against Detroit and the
New York Islanders accomplished the feat against Pittsburgh in the
second round of the 1975 playoffs.
The Red Sox are poised to be the third.
"I think it's everything everybody expected it to be, coming down to
this Game 7," said Red Sox second baseman Mark Bellhorn, who became one of
the heroes of Tuesday's 4-2 victory with a three-run home run. "It's
going to be exciting tomorrow."
A look at key statistics through Game 6 of the ALCS.
||gutsy performances all around
||clutch hits making the
||31 (4 in Game 6)
||scoring just enough to win
||1 (0 in Game 6)
||defense makes the difference in
||.407, 2 HR, 9 RBI
||ALCS MVP if Boston wins Game
||.370, 2 2B, 4 RBI
||scrappy hitter is making presence
Behind the numbers
||.103, 0 HR, 1 RBI
||could be the difference in Game
2: The number of runs allowed by the Boston bullpen during the last 16
Frozen moment I
Bellhorn capped off a four-run fourth inning with a three-run home run
to left field that bounced off the belly of a fan. The belly-bop worked
in the Yankees' favor as the hit was ruled a double, but upon
further review by the umpires, the hit was correctly called a homer.
Frozen moment II
With the Red Sox leading 4-2 and Derek Jeter at first base with one out
in the eighth, Alex Rodriguez hit a dribbler toward first base that set
off a strange chain of events. Bronson Arroyo fielded the ball then
tagged Rodriguez, but the ball was jarred loosed and trickled into foul
territory as Jeter scored from first -- initially. After a conference
of umpires, Rodriguez was called out because of interference and Jeter
was sent back to first base. Gary Sheffield fouled out to end the
inning to stymie any Yankees momentum.
Good move, Terry
Francona's faith in Curt Schilling paid off Tuesday. The gutsy veteran
spent his time in Boston hobbling around and even wore a walking cast,
but stepped up with seven strong innings, allowing only four hits and
one run. Francona has never doubted his team and let Schilling pitch as
long as he could. Now the Red Sox are in the biggest game of the year
as a result.
ALCS fast fact
The Red Sox are already in the history books. The club is the first
team in postseason play to rally from an 0-3 deficit to force a Game
"It's going to be an exciting game. I know last year they went to Game
7 and I was at home watching it on TV, but to be a part of it is going
to be pretty awesome, especially the way the series has gone." --
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.