10/19/2003 3:02 AM ET
World Series postgame notes
Game One -- Saturday, October 18, 2003
DAVID WELLS: Wells became the oldest pitcher to ever start Game 1 of the World Series tonight at 40 years, 4 months 28 days...He has posted a 2.42 ERA (6 er/22.1 ip) in 4 games/3 starts in this postseason and has a 3.93 ERA (8 er/18.1 ip) in 6 games/2 starts in World Series play.
A FORTY FOILED AGAIN: With Wells' loss tonight, 40-year-old starters remain winless in World Series history...Pitchers at least 40 years of age are 2-4 lifetime in the Fall Classic, with both victories being recorded in relief.
JEFF NELSON: Made his 14th career World Series appearance tonight, tying CLAY CARROLL for 7th most all-time, one behind ALLIE REYNOLDS and BOB TURLEY.
BERNIE WILLIAMS singled in the 8th inning for his 100th career postseason hit.
HIDEKI MATSUI had 3 hits tonight, the 1st 3-hit game by a Yankee in World Series play since PAUL O'NEILL was 3-4 in Game 3 of the 2000 Fall Classic versus the Mets.
THE MARLINS are 2-0 lifetime in World Series openers and have won their last 2 Series Games, both by 3-2 scores...Florida's last 3 World Series victories, beginning with Game 5 of the 1997 World Series, have all come by a single run. In this postseason, the Marlins have now won 4 games by a single run.
THE YANKEES had their 10-game home World Series winning streak, the longest in WS history, snapped tonight, losing at Yankee Stadium in the Fall Classic for the 1st time since Game 2 in 1996 vs. Atlanta. New York is now 24-15 in World Series openers, losing 2 straight since a win in Game 1 over the Mets in 2000. In this postseason, the Yankees have now lost all 3 of their Series openers, falling to Minnesota in the Division Series and Boston in the ALCS. Of the Yankees' last 6 World Series games, 5 have been decided by one run with New York losing the last 2.
NO EXTRA BASE HITS: Florida had 7 singles tonight, the 1st time that a team has failed to produce an extra base hit in a World Series game since Arizona in Game 3 in 2001 vs. New York. The last team to win a World Series game without benefit of an extra base hit was the Yankees in Game 1 in 1999 against Atlanta.
WINNING WITH FEWER HITS: The Marlins were out-hit, 9-7 tonight, the 2nd World Series game in which the winning team had the fewer hits. In Game 7 last season, Anaheim was out-hit by San Francisco, 6-5.
BRAD PENNY becomes the 1st pitcher in postseason history to win a winner-take-all game in the LCS (Game 5 from 1969-84; Game 7 from 1985-2003) and Game 1 of the World Series.
THE YANKEES are hitting .195 (51-262) in their last 2 World Series, a total of 8 games. New York was 1-12 with runners in scoring position tonight.
WINNING GAME ONE: This is the 2nd straight series that the visiting team has won the Series opener. That occurred in just 2 of the previous 14 Fall Classics from 1987-2001.
|MLB Press Release