ANDY PETTITTE

THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 11 ...
IT'S TIME TO "COWBOY UP"

 2003 ALCS, GAME #2
Andy Pettitte is in control
of the Red Sox hitters

October 9, 2003 ... Cowboy down. The Red Sox are not going to sweep the Yankees and there's a long way to go before they return to the World Series for the first time since 1986. Still proud and ever- professional, the Yankees beat Boston to even the series at a game apiece.

There will be no sweep in the American League Championship Series. Sox slayer Andy Pettitte made certain of that as he rebounded from a rocky start and stifled Grady Little's big guns to propel the Yankees to a series-tying 6-2 victory before 56,295 in the Bronx. Pettitte, a career 13-5 in the regular season against Boston, restored emotional order in Gotham by defeating the Sox for the second time in as many ALCS starts against them. Nearly as nasty as he was when he flummoxed the Sox, 9-2, in Game 4 of the 1999 ALCS, the lefthander surrendered only two runs on nine hits and a pair of walks over 6 2/3 innings. From there, one of Boss Steinbrenner's prized off-season trophies, Jose Contreras, held off the Sox until the ninth, when Mariano Rivera took over and mowed down the side as the jubilant crowd chanted, "We want Pedro."

But unfortunately for the Sox, the baddest dude in the Bronx last night was Pettitte. The Sox had chances in each of the first two innings to inflict some serious damage, only to muster a lone run out of the rallies. Pettitte dodged serious pain largely because the Sox were victims of double plays in each inning.

After Gabe Kapler opened the game by beating out a grounder in the hole to short, he was gunned down trying to steal second as Bill Mueller took a third strike. Still, the Sox responded by loading the bases on singles by Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez and a walk to David Ortiz before Pettitte extinguished the threat by getting Kevin Millar to pop out to short.

The second crusher came after the Sox seized a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Jason Varitek's double and a pair of singles by Trot Nixon and Jackson. By then, Pettitte had surrendered hits or walks to seven of the first nine batters. And the Sox, with none out and runners at first and second, had a chance to rout him. But Kapler swung at Pettitte's next pitch, grounding it to Derek Jeter at short for a double play.

JASON VARITEK

No one fared better against Pettitte than Varitek, who homered (a solo shot), doubled, and scored both runs. Garciaparra collected a couple of singles off the lefty, but he got little help from his mates in the heart of the mighty order.

Sox starter Derek Lowe was not at his best. While Pettitte left him little margin for error, Lowe crossed the line as the Yankees tagged him for six runs on seven hits, three walks, and a hit batsman over 6 2/3 innings. Nick Johnson struck the major blow, a two-run homer in the second inning. But Scott Sauerbeck did Lowe no favors by allowing a double to Jorge Posada, the first batter he faced in the seventh inning, that brought home two runners Sauerbeck inherited from the sinkerballer. The Yankees scored the two runs just after Varitek's shot gave the team hope. Sauerbeck, who had not pitched since Sept. 27 at Tampa Bay, misplaced a sinker to Posada.

So what now, Red Sox? Will the Sons of Grady return home and resume their monster mashing ways? Or will they validate those who see them forever destined to come in second to the New York Yankees? So why should this year be any different? Any chance this Yankee team will panic against a muscle-flexing Boston team?

Folks in New England think the Yankees might be a little jumpy. And in the Cowboy Up autumn of 2003, Boston fans are convinced that this time, the Red Sox really are different. The Yankees certainly have respect for the Sox. Nineteen regular-season games (New York won 10) convinced the Yanks that these Sox are less likely to unravel than some prior Boston editions.



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2003 A.L. CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

 

 

Boston Red Sox

1 Game

 

 

New York Yankees

1 Game

 

2003 American League Championship Series, Game 2

 

 

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

   

2

10

1

 
 

NEW YORK YANKEES

0

2

1

0

1

0

2

0

x

   

6

8

0

 

 

W-Andy Pettitte (2-0)
L-Derek Lowe (0-2)
Attendance 56,295

2B-Varitek (Bost), Williams (NY), Posada (NY)
HR-Varitek (Bost), Johnson (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RED SOX

 

AB

R

H

 

 

Gabe Kapler cf 4 0 0  

 

Dave McCarty ph 4 0 0  

 

Bill Mueller 3b 5 0 1  

 

Nomar Garciaparra ss 5 0 0  

 

Manny Ramirez lf 5 3 4  

 

David Ortiz dh 3 1 1  

 

Kevin Millar 1b 5 0 2  

 

Jason Varitek c 4 0 1  

 

Trot Nixon rf 3 0 2  

 

Damian Jackson 2b 0 0 0  

 

Todd Walker ph 5 1 2  
             
    IP H ER SO  
  Derek Lowe 6.2 7 6 2  
  Scott Sauerbeck 0.1 1 0 0  
  Bronson Arroyo 1 0 0 2  

 

         

 

             

 

YANKEES

 

AB

R

H

 

 

Alfonso Soriano 2b 4 0 0  

 

Derek Jeter ss 5 1 1  

 

Jason Giambi dh 3 0 2  

 

David Dellucci pr 0 1 0  

 

Bernie Williams cf 3 2 2  

 

Jorge Posada c 3 0 1  

 

Hideki Matsui lf 3 1 1  

 

Nick Johnson 1b 4 1 1  

 

Aaron Boone 3b 3 0 0  

 

Karim Garcia rf 4 0 0  
             
    IP H ER SO  
  Andy Pettitte 6.2 9 2 5  
  Jose Contreras 1.1 0 0 1  
  Mariano Rivera 1 1 0 2