Game 6 Open Thread: Boston vs. Tampa Bay, 5:07 pm PT
by Bob Timmermann
Once more? With feeling? We shall see. James Shields starts on the mound for the Rays and the remnants of Josh Beckett starts for the Sox. Or will that be the case?
Here's the history of teams in the postseason facing a 3-2 deficit on the road in a 7-game series (1906, 1918, and 1923 weren't included because they weren't played in a 2-3-2 format. 1944 was played in a 2-3-2 format, but all the games were in the same park.):
1911 - Philadelphia routs New York, 13-2 to win a World Series that took 13 days to play.
1912 - Giants beat the Red Sox 11-4 in Game 7 (there was a tie in Game 2), but lose 3-2 in 10 innings in Game 8.
1926 - Cardinals beat the Yankees 10-2 and then hold on for 3-2 win in Game 7 at Yankee Stadium.
1930 - A's beat the Cardinals 7-2 to win the World Series.
1934 - Cardinals win at Detroit 4-3 and then rout the Tigers 11-0 in Game 7.
1935 - Tigers beat the Cubs 4-3 in the ninth inning of Game 6 to win its first championship.
1936 - Yankees clinch championship with 13-5 win over the Giants at the Polo Grounds.
1945 - The Tigers win Game 6 at Wrigley Field over the Cubs 8-7 in 12 innings, but lose in Game 7 9-3. That series was played in a 3-4 format because of wartime travel restrictions.
1947 - The Dodgers win Game 6 at Yankee Stadium 8-6, but lost Game 7, 5-2.
1951 - The Yankees close out the Giants at Yankee Stadium, 4-3.
1952 - The Yankees beat the Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Game 6, 3-2. In Game 7, the Yankees beat the Dodgers again, this time by a 4-2 score.
1953 - The Yankees score twice in the bottom of the ninth to eliminate the Dodgers with a 4-3 win at home.
1955 - The Yankees force a Game 7 with a 5-1 win in Game 6, but the Dodgers win their first World Series with a 2-0 win the next day.
1957 - The Yankees force Game 7 with a 3-2 win over the Braves, but Milwaukee takes Game 7 with a 5-0 win.
1958 - The Yankees get revenge with a 4-3 win in 10 innings in Game 6 and then a 6-2 win in Game 7.
1960 - The Yankees rout Pittsburgh at Forbes Field 12-0 in Game 6. Game 7 doesn't go as well for the Yankees.
1964 - The Yankees (they show up a lot in the list don't they?) beat the Cardinals at Busch Stadium 8-3, but run into Bob Gibson in Game 7 and lose 7-5.
1968 - The Tigers use a 10-run third to beat the Cardinals 13-2 in Game 6 and then the Cardinals make a series of crucial miscues to let the Tigers win 4-1 in Game 7.
1972 - The Reds pound Oakland 8-1 in Game 6, but the A's win Game 7, 3-2.
1977 - The Dodgers face the Yankee and Reggie Jackson in Game 6. It doesn't end well for the Dodgers. The Yankees win 8-4.
1979 - Pittsburgh shuts out Baltimore, 4-0, in Game 6 and then wraps up the series with a 4-1 win in Game 7.
1985 - The Royals travel to Exhibition Stadium and win Game 6 of the ALCS, 5-3. In Game 7, the Royals win again, 6-2.
1990 - The Pirates get just one hit in Game 6 of the NLCS at Riverfront Stadium and lose, 2-1.
1991 - Atlanta wins 1-0 at Three Rivers Stadium in Game 6 and 4-0 in Game 7 of the NLCS.
1995 - The Indians get just one hit in Game 6 at Fulton County Stadium as the Braves win the World Series in six games with a 1-0 win.
1996 - The Braves, after dropping three straight to the Yankees in Atlanta, drop Game 6 at Yankee Stadium, 3-2.
1997 - The Indians stay alive in Game 6 with a 4-1 win, but can't hold the lead in the ninth inning of Game 7 and lose in 11 innings, 3-2 to Florida.
1998 - Cleveland comes to Yankee Stadium for Game 6 trying to prolong the ALCS, but the Yankees win, 9-5.
1999 - The Mets force the Braves into extra innings in Game 6, but lose in 11 innings, 10-9 to lose the NLCS.
2000 - The Yankees finally polish off the Mariners with a 9-7 win at Yankee Stadium in Game 6.
2003 - Bad things happen to the Cubs in Game 6 at home against the Marlins in the NLCS and Florida wins 8-3. The Marlins win the next day, 9-6. Boston wins Game 6 at Yankee Stadium by a 9-6 margin, but lose Game 7 in 11 innings, 6-5.
2004 - The Red Sox come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit to win Game 6, 4-2, and Game 7, 10-3, at Yankee Stadium.