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Helluva Good Game
2004-07-01 23:20
by Mike Carminati

The Yankees and the Red Sox are playing another classic. It's currently tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 12th.

A-Rod appeared to tun a triple play with the bases loaded in the 11th, but actually got two outs on the same man. But still it was a tremendous play by Rodriguez to a) tag the bag before throwing (who needs the force at home on a bang-bang play anyway) and b) make the throw home without hitting the runner.

Jeter ran headlong into the stands chasing a fly ball in to end the Red Sox half of the 12th. He landed in the first row of seats behind an open pen full of NYPD denisens apparently. He came up with a bloody chin and cheek, and had to be pinch-hit for by Giambi in the 12th.

The Sox went with five infielders with Giambi and Sheffield. And Curt Leskanic, of all people, just got the Yankees out after loading the bases with one out in the 12th.

Sheffield moved to third and A-Rod to short to replace Jeter. To replace Sheffield, I believe that Williams, who was DHing moved to the outfield, which means that the pitcher must now bat, I believe, in Jeter-Giambi's spot in the order. Ramirez led off the 13th with a homer. Then Sheffield made a nice backhand at third but lollipopped a throw to first that pulled Clark off first.

In the bottom of the 13th, Flaherty, the last man on the bench, is on deck to hit for Sturtze. The Yanks have just one reliever (Bret "Don't Called Freddie" Prinz) left.

The Yanks just tied it on a Sierra bloop into right-center and then a gapper into right-center by Miguel Cairo in the bottom of the 13th. The winning run, Cairo, is on second with two outs and Flaherty up.

Flaherty hits a ball down the line in the same direction as Aaron Boone's homer. It'll score Cairo. Oh my lord--Krishna! Krishna! What a game! Hokey smoke, Bullwinkle!

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