Posted: Saturday October 16, 1999 11:34 PM
BOSTON (Ticker) -- The matchup between Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez was no contest. The matchup between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees is.
Clemens was rattled and Martinez was unflappable as the Red Sox trounced the Yankees, 13-1, and swayed the momentum in Game Three of the American League Championship Series.
"I had no doubts we would be able to compeletely shift from what happened in New York to playing a game here," Martinez said. "It is completely different here. We feel more confident. We had more rest, which I think was the key for the Yankees to win those games in New York. Now we are home. We are more confident. We know our field. This game brings a lot more confident to us."
In one of the most anticipated pitching matchups in postseason history, Clemens was rocked while Martinez rolled. The showdown between Cy Young Award winners lasted less than three innings as both held to postseason form.
"(Martinez) can take any one of three pitches and throw it for a strike," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "That's what makes it tough to hit off him. With Roger, it was just the opposite tonight. He got into some bad counts and just didn't have the command that he would like to have."
Clemens, who won three of his record five Cy Young Awards with the Red Sox, was in a 2-0 hole after seven pitches and never found a groove. Booed upon arrival and serenaded throughout by his former Fenway faithful, the hard-throwing righthander was gone after two-plus innings, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks.
It was another disappointing postseason outing for Clemens, who dropped to 2-3 in 11 all-time starts. Despite spending the bulk of his career with Boston, he has not won a playoff game in Fenway Park since Game Seven of the 1986 ALCS against California.
"Tonight was no different emotionally than any other night I've been here," Clemens said. "We'll just move on."
Martinez, who won the 1997 National League Cy Young Award with Montreal and is the runaway favorite this year, continued his practically perfect postseason. Staked to an early lead, the righthander tossed seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out 12.
"Location, speed, change of speed, movement and velocity," Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said. "Those are all keys for Pedro. He pitched a strong, strong game. I don't know what the gun readings were. I don't know how hard he threw. All I knew was he got ahead of hitters, located and used different pitches to start hitters off with and finish them off. He used his whole repertoire."
After going 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA during the season, Martinez has pitched 17 shutout innings in the playoffs, surrendering just five hits and six walks while fanning 23.
John Valentin, Brian Daubach and Nomar Garciaparra homered for the Red Sox, who also roughed up reliever Hideki Irabu as they resumed their postseason assault. Despite being shut down in the first two games of the series at Yankee Stadium, Boston has scored 62 runs in its last six playoff games.
Garciaparra had four hits and Valentin, Jose Offerman and Trot Nixon collected three apiece for the Red Sox, whose 21 hits were an ALCS record and three shy of the major league postseason mark they set in Game Four of the Division Series against Cleveland.
Scott Brosius homered in the eighth off reliever Tom Gordon for the Yankees, who had their postseason winning streak stopped at 12 games, tying their own record. New York had not lost since Game Three of the 1998 ALCS against Cleveland.
Games Four and Five are Sunday and Monday at Boston. The Red Sox are 3-0 at home in the postseason.
Martinez allowed a one-out single to Derek Jeter in the first but got out of the inning. Clemens emerged from the dugout and was greeted by a loud chorus of boos, followed by a derisive serenading chant of "Roger, Roger."
Offerman roped the second pitch off the base of the right-field wall for a triple and Valentin launched a 2-2 fastball over the "Green Monster" in left for his fourth postseason homer.
"That home run helped us tremendously going against Roger Clemens," Williams said. "That pitch he hit was probably a ball. It was a high fastball, but he caught it just right."
Clemens allowed two more baserunners in the first and two more runs in the second. With one out, Nixon doubled and Offerman singled to put runners at the corners. Valentin's groundout plated one run and Garciaparra's double scored another for a 4-0 lead.
"All I kept praying for was that guys keep me up and score a bunch of runs and hope I could continue to throw the ball over," Martinez said.
Former Yankee Mike Stanley opened the third with a single and Clemens departed with what later was described as back stiffness after throwing a strike to Daubach. Irabu came on and his third pitch was lifted into the right-field seats for a homer and a 6-0 bulge.
"I think the score was making him grimace," Torre said. "Before the game, I was talking about what we would do to play for one run and all of a sudden, we were down, 4-0."
"I think the thing for me tonight was location," Clemens said. "I didn't have good command, I fell behind and they made me pay for it."
Making his first career postseason appearance, Irabu retired 14 batters and allowed 13 hits. His only scoreless inning was the fourth, when he gave up two hits but got a double play.
In the fifth, Daubach and Darren Lewis doubled for a run and Lewis came around on Valentin's single. In the sixth, left fielder Ricky Ledee dropped a fly ball in front of the "Green Monster," allowing another run to score.
In the sixth, Valentin singled home another run and scored on Garciaparra's fourth postseason homer. Troy O'Leary doubled and scored on Stanley's single that made it 13-0 and chased Irabu.
Meanwhile, Martinez was cruising. He struck out the side in the second and got at least one in every inning. He allowed no hits after Tino Martinez's two-out single in the fourth.
Valentin drove in five runs, boosting his postseason total to 17. Garciaparra plated three, running his total to nine.