October 9, 2003

Moose Droppings or Boston's Blasts Bring Bronx Bummer. Back from a wonderful, cool October evening in Yankee Stadium's left field bleachers. The crowd was oddly subdued throughout the entire game; there were a smattering of Red Sox fans near me, including 4 or 5 guys wearing K Men shirts. When Manny singled in the top of the 9th -- giving him more hits than the entire Yankee lineup -- it was as quiet as a tomb. And fans began streaming out after the end of New York's 7th inning rally. ... Wakefield looked magnificent (from about 600 feet away), retiring the first 4 hitters, giving up a pair of singles, then retiring 14 more in a row. After walking the first 2 hitters in the 7th, he gave way to Embree, who also had trouble throwing strikes, but got out of the inning with a 5-2 lead. Timlin and Williamson made that stand up to give Boston a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. ... In Wrigley Field, the Cubs battered Brad Penny and Rick Helling en route to a 12-3 rout, tying the NLCS at 1-1. Q for Dusty: Why was Prior pitching the 7th inning with a 10-run lead?

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