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The last word from Fenway

SoxBOSTON -- If you think you've rarely seen a series with so many swings of momentum, you're right. This was only the third time in history BOTH teams had a three-game winning streak in a seven-game series.

The Cubs and Marlins both did that in the 2003 NLCS and the Red Sox and Yankees did it in the 2004 ALCS. Everything seemed to be going the Indians' way with a 3-1 lead but they never got momentum again after the odd off day before Game Five. The Red Sox responded by outscoring the Tribe, 30-5, over the final three games.

It would have been nice if the Indians had gotten something from 100-RBI man Travis Hafner (4 for 27, 12 Ks) or leadoff man Grady Sizemore (6 for 27). And don't even get me started on the 0-3 work of C.C. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona. But in the end, the Red Sox had Josh Beckett and the Tribe didn't. The Red Sox had Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis and the Tribe didn't. And the Tribe had Joel Skinner while the Sox didn't.

Poor Skins. The ex-Bisons manager entered Game Seven blooper films forever (think Grady Little and Lonnie Smith) when he held Kenny Lofton at third instead of letting him score the tying run. The Fenway crowd was incredibly nervous at that point. Sox history buffs will note they blew a 3-0 in Game Seven of the '75 and '86 World Series and a 4-0 edge in Game Seven of the '03 ALCS.

If this one slips away and the Indians tie it, who knows what happens? Instead, Casey Blake bounces into a double play and the Sox explode for eight runs to bounce the Tribe home.

Have your say here. Did the Sox take this series by the throat and grab it away? Or does C-Town stand for choke?

See you back here Wednesday night.

---Mike Harrington

(Photo: Associated Press)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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