10/19/2003 12:33 AM ET
World Series Game 1: Game balls
The Fall Classic is on, and with it, MLB.com's tradition of awarding World Series game balls. Marlins will be awarded up to five fish for their heroics. Yankees will be honored with taxicabs.
By Jared Hoffman / MLB.com
Five fish: Whale of a performance
Four fish: Starfish
Three fish: Happy as a clam
Two fish: Nice minnow
One fish: Sorry, Charlie
Juan Pierre: One of the keys for the Marlins in this series is for Pierre to get on base. He did just that in Game 1,
reaching base four times. Pierre led off the game with a bunt single and later in the inning scored on Ivan Rodriguez's
sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Pierre broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single to left field. Pierre reached base for a third time
in the seventh the hard way, when he was hit by a pitch from David Wells. In the ninth, Pierre walked on five pitches and
then got into scoring position by stealing second.
Ugueth Urbina: Urbina came into the game with two outs in the eighth inning to protect a 3-2 lead. With runners at the
corners and Yankee Stadium roaring, Urbina struck out Jorge Posada to end the threat. Urbina didn't have an easy ninth -- he
gave up walks to Jason Giambi and Ruben Sierra, but escaped the jam by striking out Alfonso Soriano and getting Nick Johnson
to fly out to cetner field to end the game.
Dontrelle Willis: Manager Jack McKeon decided to move Willis from the starting rotation to the bullpen for the World
Series and didn't hesitate to use him in Game 1. Entering the World Series, Willis had a 12.00 ERA in four appearances this
postseason and had allowed eight walks in nine innings. Against the Yankees, Willis showed no control problems of any sort.
He retired the first eight batters he faced before giving up consecutive singles to Bernie Williams and Hideki Matsui in the
Brad Penny: Penny, who has fared much better as a reliever than a starter this postseason, got the Game 1 start
and didn't disappoint. After being given a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Penny gave up a single to Yankees leadoff hitter
Alfonso Soriano, but then retired the next three batters to ensure the Marlins lead would last longer than a half inning.
Penny wasn't dazzling in his start -- he gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings -- but he kept the
Yankees from having a big inning and never surrendered the lead.
Five cabs: VIP, police escort
Four cabs: Green lights, little traffic, life is good
Three cabs: Clean backseat, no accidents
Two cabs: Your driver takes "the scenic route"
One cab: Gridlock, 102 degrees in the city, no AC, missing window crank
Hideki Matsui: Batting in the No. 5 spot for New York, Matsui led both team with three hits. He led off the fourth
inning with a single, and got on base as the tying run in the sixth inning and the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Matsui
doesn't receive as much attention as some of New York's other hitters, but his 3-for-4 night raised his postseason average to
David Wells: Wells came into this start pitching on one days' rest -- he threw an inning of relief in Game 7 of the
ALCS and started Game 5 of the ALCS on Tuesday. Wells, who came into this start with a 1.76 ERA in 15 1/3 innings this
postseason, turned in a solid perfermance, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. On a night where the Yankees'
offense had limited opportunities, however, it wasn't enough.
Bernie Williams: With the Yankees down 3-1 in the sixth, Williams made it a one-run game with solo
homer to right-center field against Marlins starter Brad Penny. The home run tied Williams with Reggie
Jackson and Mickey Mantle for the all-time postseason record with 18. Williams also singled in the eighth,
but missed some other opportunities, however, leaving a runner stranded in scoring position in the first
and third innings.
Bottom of the order: The Yankees will need better prodction from the lower half of the order than they got in Game 1. The Nos. 5-9 spots went a cumulative 2-for-10 with No. 9 hitter Karim Garica getting both hits. Jorge Posada,
batting fifth, went 0-for-2 and stranded three runners and Jason Giambi, batting sixth, was 0-for-3 and left four men on
Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its