10/23/2003 12:32 AM ET
WS Score Tracker: Game 4
BOT 1st: FLA 3, NYY 0: It wasn't exactly the beginning Roger Clemens was
looking for in the final start of his Hall of Fame career. The Rocket kicked off his
Game 4 World Series start by retiring the first two hitters he faced, but the Marlins
quickly went to work on the 41-year-old right-hander. Ivan Rodriguez started a
two-out, three-run rally with a sharp single to right field and cleanup man Miguel
Cabrera, who has as many years on the planet (20) as Clemens has in the Majors,
battled the veteran for six pitches before belting a two-run homer over the
right-field wall. Clemens continued to struggle as Jeff Conine and Mike Lowell put
runners at the corners for Derrek Lee with back-to-back singles. Lee, who had come
into the game hitting .167 in the series, capped the rally with an RBI single through
the left side before Clemens ended the inning on an Alex Gonzalez fly out.
By Todd Lorenz / MLB.com
TOP 2nd: FLA 3, NYY 1: Clemens' teammates helped him out a bit in their next
turn at the plate, but they could have provided their pitcher far more assistance than they did.
The Bombers loaded the bases with nobody out against Florida starter Carl Pavano on
consecutive singles from Bernie Williams, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada. Pavano,
however, managed to keep things from getting out of hand. He fanned Karim Garcia and
allowed a run on Aaron Boone's sacrifice fly to center before getting Clemens to
ground out to Lee at first base for the inning's final out.
BOT 7th: FLA 3, NYY 1: After throwing 42 pitches to get through the three-run
first, Clemens had his vintage stuff the rest of the way. He made it through the
seventh with just 67 more pitches, holding the Marlins to just three baserunners over
six scoreless frames. He finished his final start with seven innings pitched, three
runs, eight hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Amid thousands of flashbulbs from the
camera-clicking crowd, the Rocket appropriately ended the inning by striking out Luis Castillo
before receiving a standing ovation and a mid-game curtain call from the fans at Pro
TOP 9th: FLA 3, NYY 3: Clemens had to be happy with the way his start ended,
but it surely failed in comparison to the delight he was feeling in the ninth. After
his second-inning hiccup, Pavano had been lights out. He finished
eight innings, allowing just one run and eight hits while strikout out four without
issuing a single walk. His relief, however, didn't fare nearly as well. Florida closer
Ugueth Urbina gave up a one-out single to Williams before putting the tying run on
base with a free pass to Matsui. He still had a chance to get out of the inning
unscathed when Posada grounded into a fielder's choice to give New York runners at the
corners for pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra. Urbina delivered three consecutive balls before
battling his way back to a full count with a couple of called strikes. Sierra managed to
foul off a pair of pitches before ripping a game-tying, two-run triple into the
right-field corner. Urbina might have blown the save, but he at least kept his club's hopes
alive by getting Boone to hit an inning-ending groundout.
TOP 11th: NYY 3, NYY 3: Williams tallied his fourth hit of the game with a leadoff double to left against Florida right-hander Chad Fox. The Marlins
elected to pitch to Matsui, but not really. Fox walked the Japanese slugger on five
pitches to bring up David Dellucci, who had scored the game-tying run in the ninth as
a pinch-runner for Posada. Delucci advanced both runners with a perfect sacrifice bunt
and Florida decided to set up a possible double play by intentionally walking
pinch-hitter Juan Rivera, who had come on to bat for pitcher Jose Contreras. That was
the last batter Fox faced. The Marlins brought in right-hander Braden Looper to face
Boone with the bases loaded. With the game hanging in the balance, Looper fanned Boone
for the second out before escaping the inning with a broken-bat pop out against backup
catcher John Flaherty.
BOT 12th: FLA 4, NYY 3: New York's missed opportunity proved extremely costly in the bottom of the next inning. Gonzalez battled Yankees reliever Jeff Weaver for seven pitches before drilling a full-count fastball just inches over the wall in the left-field corner for a series-tying walkoff home run.
Todd Lorenz is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.