Following along with Gameday at work, the middle innings were about as tense as you can get without having any audio or video contact with the game.
Matt Clement had nothing this afternoon. After a nice first inning, he walked the first two guys in the second before striking out the side (26 pitches that inning). He set down the first two Yankees in the third before giving up: double, home run, walk, walk, single, walk, double. He was left in at least one (if not two) batters too many. He threw a total of 83 pitches in 2.2 innings.
Jeremi Gonzalez came in and after allowing a single, which scored the inning's sixth run, retired eight of the next nine Yankees. He closed the door long enough to give the bats time to come back. Which they promptly started doing with solo home runs by Bellhorn (in the 3rd) and Ramirez (in the 4th). Two runs in the fifth made it 6-4, but that was as close as Boston got.
According to the SoSH game thread, Dale Sveum screwed up royally in the fourth. With Mirabelli on first and Millar on second, Mueller grounded a single to center. Bernie Williams, whose arm is worse than Damon's, threw towards third, conceding Millar's run. Except Sveum held Millar at third. Mirabelli rounded second on his way to third, and was tagged out trying to get back to second.
So Sveum's screw-up -- which shocked the Yankee radio announcers, who actually said Millar had scored (that's how sure of it they were) -- cost the Sox a run and an out. One note: Mirabelli might have been in trouble even if Millar scored; it's not clear to me whether he could have made it to third ahead of Bernie's throw.
I bitched about Sveum all last summer, and I can't believe we are forced to go through this shit again. Fire this moron! ... The Sox were getting to Randy Johnson, too. If Millar scores and Mirabelli isn't tagged out, Boston trails 6-3, with two men on and one out.
Boston closed to within 6-4 after five innings, but did little else after that. Mirabelli walked to start the sixth and Damon singled after two were out (28 games!). Varitek walked to lead off the eighth, but was stranded there. That was the offense for the last four innings.
Schilling pitched the ninth, retiring Matsui, Giambi and Williams on eleven pitches. It sounds like he was more relaxed and threw with a little better velocity. ... Anyone who actually watched the game, feel free to chime in.