Tom Gordon got hit in the eye with a champagne cork during the celebration in Minnesota. Sheesh.
It's early, but Schilling doesn't seem to be fooling anybody. Jeter drove the ball a long way for an out. The ankle must be bothering him. Sheffield doubles, and Matsui hits one to left center. Manny's defense kills them again. He should've held Matsui to a single. It matters because now Matsui scores on Williams' single. 2-0.
Schilling clearly doesn't have his A game with him. His speed is down, and his pitches aren't moving much. Leiter isn't really adding much to the commentary. Man, Matsui is just killing the Sox. He clears the base with a shot to right. Nixon falls down, letting Sheffield score from first. 5-0. Williams, gets the ball to the right side so Matsui can advance to third, then Posada gets him home with a sacrifice fly that was smoked to deep center. And Cairo hit it a long way, too. Schilling doesn't even have his B game with him.
Mussina gets even tougher. Strikes out the side.
Schilling is gone. Lofton walks. Will he steal up six runs? Leskanic thinks so. McCarver and Buck think so. No lead is safe from the Sox, so pile it on. Doesn't matter. Jeter walks. Sheffield at bat. Okay, Leiter is starting to get into this. He's snarking about the umpire.
Mussina-Ortiz, big stare down. Mussina and Posada seem to be getting a bit too cute here. It's 3-2. Throw a fast ball! Posada calls for one inside. Mussina blows it by Ortiz. Strikes out Millar, too. That's five in a row.
Scooter needs to die, die, die! Leiter demonstrates how a knuckle curve is thrown, something I'd never seen before. Not that many pitchers throw it. Burt Hooton did. Mussina does. I can't think of any others offhand.
Matsui drives another ball, but Ramirez tracks it down. Mariano Rivera arrives in the bullpen, and the crowd goes wild. I love watching Olerud hit. Such a great swing. So smooth.
Leiter is getting the hang of this announcing thing, and certainly isn't afraid to give an opinion. "If Schilling's only going to throw 88 mph in game four, he shouldn't pitch."
I'm loving Leiter and McCarver arguing about what pitch Mussina should be throwing the keep the perfect game going. Leiter's thrown a no-hitter. Did McCarver ever catch one? Need to check.
Wakefield on to pitch. He hasn't pitched in a while. Is he sharp? Lofton takes him deep. I guess not. Damn, Matsui is on tonight. Another RBI. What's Japanese for Mr. October?
McCarver was the number one catcher on the winning team for at least three different no-hitters, so he probably has caught at least one.
One out, Mussina has Bellhorn in the hole, but he misses his location, and Bellhorn cranks one. The no-hitter is done. Manny, first ball hitting, doesn't advance the runner. That's the second time McCarver's called Bronson Arroyo "Brandon." Joe Buck calls him on it. Ortiz singles. Millar doubles. Matsui made a great try, but didn't get it. Two runs in. Mussina is starting the get hit pretty good. Nixon gets a hit, and Williams trips as he goes to pick the ball up. Millar scores. 8-3. Here comes Torre. Mussina gets a standing O as he's walks off the field. Sturtze on. Varitek homers. 8-5.
One bad pitch to Bellhorn, and the game completely turned around.
Wakefield is gone, Embree is on. Heh. With one out, Olerud popped up the left. Manny caught the ball, and started trotting towards the dugout, apparently thinking there were three outs. You could see him looking around confused because nobody else was leaving the field. He covered well, though, as he turned around towards left.
Flash Gordon is on. Nice grab by Cairo, but he can't make a throw. Damon strikes out again. Fourth time tonight.
Bellhorn pops up. Gordon jams Ramirez, but Manny hits it off the handle into short left. First and third with Ortiz representing the tying run. Ortiz crushes one that just misses going out. It was in Matsui's glove, but the wall knocked it out. Two runs in, Ortiz on third. 8-7. Now Torre brings in Rivera, who gets Millar to pop up. Yanks still lead, but are hanging by a thread.
ARod really needs to do something here. Timlin throws at his head, then ARod gets even by stroking one to left. Sheffield does the same. Now it's Matsui, but Timlin manages to get him. Bernie Williams is up. He's come through so many times in big spots, and he delivers again, burying Manny. God, he's an awful fielder. Two runs score, and Bernie winds up on third as the Sox throw it around. 10-7. Foulke comes on and gets Posada.
Nixon, one pitch, pops up. Varitek gets a hit, and so does Cabrera. Now it's Mueller, who beat Rivera with a home run in July. Rivera gets a pitch up, which Mueller rips foul. The next pitch is better. Mueller taps back to Rivera, who starts a 1-6-3 double play to end the game.
Good game. It could've been a crusher for the Sox. Schilling, the savior, got clobbered, and they couldn't even get a hit off Mussina for six plus innings. Plus, their outfield play hurt them. But they came back strong. Good for their morale. The Yankees held, and added to their lead. Good for their morale. Tomorrow night it's Pedro versus his daddy.