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Jays Even Ultimate Series, 2-2
Toronto Crushes New York, 11-2

Ultimate Series: The Concept
Recaps: Game 1 * Game 2 * Game 3 * Game 4 Below
Box Scores: Game 1 * Game 2 * Game 3 * Game 4

Here's all you really need to know about the fourth game of the so-called Ultimate Series: the first three hitters in the Toronto lineup each had three hits. The entire Yankee lineup combined for one.

After a tough loss in Game 3, the Blue Jays decided to bypass scheduled starter Juan Guzman in Game 4 and come back with ace Roger Clemens, who pitched brilliantly in defeat in the series opener. "Good idea, huh?" smiled pitching coach Jack Morris after the game.

Yes, good idea. Though Clemens surrendered two earned runs in his eight innings pitched, they came on just the one hit and two walks, while the man nicknamed Rocket struck out 16 Yankees, including helpless second baseman Alfonso Soriano four times in four at-bats, on his way to leading the Jays to an 11-2 victory.

Clemens has now punched out 28 Yankees in 16 innings, again stoking rumors that the Bronx Bombers may make a play to acquire the veteran right-hander in the off-season.

On the other side of the diamond, New York starter Andy Pettitte has a history of success in post-season play, but lasted just 2.1 innings in his Ultimate Series debut, allowing six runs on six hits, including three Blue Jay home runs, hit by Carlos Delgado, Jesse Barfield and Pat Borders. The latter two were both late insertions into the Jay lineup.

"What a shock," complained a frustrated Paul O'Neill who was 0-for-1 as a late inning defensive replacement for Rickey Henderson. "Delgado homered. What’s he hitting in this series, .989?"

Actually, following his 3-for-4 Game 4 performance, Delgado is hitting "merely" .692 in the Series with three homers and eight RBI. And while the powerful first baseman once again got things started for the Toronto squad, this time he got some long overdue help from his mates.

Roberto Alomar led off the game against Pettitte with a triple that skipped past Reggie Jackson. Then after Tony Fernandez hit a wicked line drive speared by Derek Jeter, Delgado homered to put the Jays on the board. George Bell struck out as Pettitte appeared to settle down, but Barfield crushed a long home run with two outs and Lloyd Moseby hit a ball to the deepest part of center field that Bernie Williams was barely able to track down to end the frame.

While Clemens was retiring the first 13 men he faced, the Jays added a run in the second on the Borders solo shot, then chased Pettitte in the fourth when Barfield rocketed a two-run double that Williams couldn't reach this time, scoring Fernandez and Delgado.

The Yankees went to veteran lefty and former starting pitcher Dave Righetti to keep them in the game, and "Rags" held the Blue Jays to just two more runs over his first 4.1 innings. But New York once again stayed with a reliever too long and it cost them when the Jays strung together their final three runs, all charged to Righetti, in the eighth.

But the Yankees seemed to have conceded the game at that point anyway, as they started the eighth by sitting half of their starting lineup, sending O'Neil, Dave Winfield, Thurman Munson and Roy Smalley out to replace Henderson, Jackson, Jorge Posada and Jeter.

John Wetteland finished up for New York while David Wells came on to pitch a scoreless ninth for the Blue Jays.

Jeter's two-run single in the fifth was the sole Yankee hit; in fact, Williams and Graig Nettles, who walked and scored on the hit, were the only other Yankees to reach base. Every Toronto starter except Kelly Gruber had at least one knock, while every Blue Jay starter except Gruber and Bell reached base at least twice.

As the Series returns to Toronto for Game 5, the Blue Jays have not determined if they will start Jimmy Key, who beat the Yankees in Game 2, on short rest as they did Clemens, or if Guzman -- a hard-throwing righty like Clemens -- will finally take his turn. Ron Guidry, who tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout and struck out 13 Jays in Game 1, is expected to get the nod for New York.
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Coach - Monday, May 12 2003 @ 08:24 AM EDT (#33510) #
In the middle of this series for the ages, innovative Blue Jays GM and manager Spicol is being wooed by another team.

The Ursula Franklin Academy Flames, 0-3 heading into today's game with East York and tomorrow's with Northern, are desperate, and because you can't fire all the players, especially in high school, UFA is considering a change at the top. The current Coach has run out of ideas, and with Spahn playing in a tournament and Sain nursing a tired arm, admits that he's praying for rain.
_Spicol - Monday, May 12 2003 @ 09:54 AM EDT (#33511) #
Leaving Clemens in for 129 pitches after short rest might get me Torborged but I don't care. When you're a big league manager, you have to show the players who's boss and you have to take one for the team, or at least decide who is going to take one for the team. Then, when I'm done with all that and everyone knows what their roles are, I usually eat some sunflower seeds. And I give 110% to those seeds. You have to. This is the big leagues.

Key in Game 5 please, Mick. We'll show 'em something different in Jimmy. With Guidry on the mound, same lineup as Game 4.

Coach...have you considered employing little people? Eddie Gaedel had children you know.
_Mick - Tuesday, May 13 2003 @ 01:57 AM EDT (#33512) #
Just for the hell of it, I sim'd the Guzman/Pettitte matchup, too, with the same lineups. And Guzman shut out the Yankees on three hits, walked none and struck out 14 as the Jays won 12-0. So I guess it wasn't in the cards either way ...
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