10/17/2004 4:53 AM ET
Bernie sets trio of LCS marks
Center fielder breaks hits, RBI and total base records
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
|Bernie Williams went 4-for-6 on Saturday, and with one of those hits, he set three LCS records. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
BOSTON -- Bernie Williams started off as the headliner.
By the time the Yankees turned Game 3 of the American League Championship Series into extended batting practice, Williams was a footnote to a championship battering.
However, at the end of the day -- actually, at the beginning of the next day -- he still was the only one who left Fenway Park with a trio of career LCS records.
By finishing 4-for-6 and driving in three runs, Williams set LCS records for hits, RBIs and total bases.
He wound up his 37th LCS game with career totals of 47 hits, 29 RBIs and 77 total bases.
The hits broke Pete Rose's record of 45.
The RBIs broke the record of 27 he had shared for four innings -- after his run-scoring single that snapped a 4-4 tie in the third -- with former teammate David Justice.
And the total bases erased the previous record of 75 held by Hall of Famer George Brett.
Williams had set the tone for an amazing offensive display that even had the passionate Red Sox fans grudgingly salute the Yankees once they accepted the outcome.
However, even the stone-faced fans filing out of Fenway Park may have overlooked the bitter irony of a Williams leading the ruination of their team in the park where deity status was achieved by another Williams, their own Ted.
Bernie's slice of Saturday night's record show:
First inning: He singles, after Hideki Matsui's two-run homer had given the Yanks a 3-0 lead, but is erased on Jorge Posada's double-play grounder.
Third inning: His single scores Gary Sheffield for a 5-4 lead.
Seventh inning: He doubles to score Sheffield and Matsui, extending the lead to 17-6.
Ninth inning: He singles for the Yankees' 21st hit.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.