10/23/2003 12:55 AM ET
World Series Game 4: Game balls
The Fall Classic is on, and with it, MLB.com's tradition of awarding World Series game balls. The
victorious Marlins will be honored with up to five fish. The Yankees will be awarded with taxi cabs.
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
Alex Gonzalez: Gonzalez was struggling mightily when he came up to bat in the 12th inning. He was 0-for-4 in Game 4 and hitting
.077 for the Series. He fouled off two pitches on a 2-2 count and on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, Gonzalez hit a pitch
from Jeff Weaver down the left-field line that just cleared the top of the wall. Gonzalez's homer evened up the series at two
wins each and ensured the Yankees wouldn't arrive at Pro Player Stadium on Thursday with a chance to win the Series.
Braden Looper: Looper came into a tough jam in 11th inning and kept the Yankees off the scoreboard. After Chad Fox
intentionally walked Juan Rivera to load the bases, Marlins manager Jack McKeon called upon Looper to try and keep the score
tied. Looper didn't let the Yankees hit the ball out of the infield. He struck out Aaron Boone for the second out and got
John Flahery to pop out to third baseman Mike Lowell. Looper pitched a scoreless 12th and picked up the win when Gonzalez
homered for a 4-3 Marlins victory.
Carl Pavano: The Marlins handed Pavano a 3-0 lead in the first inning. By the second inning, the Yankees were
seriously threatening to erase it and claim a lead of their own. Singles by Bernie Williams, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada
to start the inning loaded the bases with no outs. Pavano sqaushed the Yankees' biggest threat against him, however, escaping
the jam with just one run scoring on a sacrifice fly. After snuffing out that second-inning rally, Pavano dominated the rest
of the way, going eight innings and retiring 15 of the last 16 batters he faced.
Ivan Rodriguez: The box score can't do justice to the importance of Rodriguez' first-inning single. Yankees starter
Roger Clemens retired the first two batters he faced and was ahead in the count to Rodriguez, 1-2. Clemens was one pitch away
from closing out the first inning. Thanks in part to a great at-bat by Rodriguez, Clemens would need 30 more pitches to get
through the inning and walk off the mound with the Marlins leading, 3-0. After falling into a 1-2 hole, Rodriguez took two
pitches to run the count full, fouled off two more pitches and on the eighth pitch of the at-bat got a base hit to right
field. Rodriguez's hit started a three-run Marlins rally.
Ugueth Urbina: Marlins fans were sweating in the ninth inning. And while it was warm and humid, those same fans would
have been sweating if was 40 degrees thanks to a shaky outing by Urbina that eventually resulted in the Yankees tying the
game. Urbina retired the Jason Giambi to start the ninth but allowed a single to Williams and a walk to Matsui. Urbina
retired Jorge Posda but gave up a triple down the right-field line to pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra that tied that score at 3-3.
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
Ruben Sierra: With the Yankees down, 3-1, Sierra came up as a pinch-hitter in the ninth with two outs and runners on the
corners. Sierra took the first three pitches he saw from Ugueth Urbina for balls and then watched two strikes go by to put
the Marlins one strike away from evening the series. Sierra fouled off a couple of Urbina fastballs before roping a triple
down the right-field line to tie the game and give the Yankees a chance to win in extra innings.
Bernie Williams: Williams led both teams with four hits in Game 4 and scored two of their three runs. Williams led off
the second inning with a single to left field and eventually came around to score. In the ninth, Williams singled to center
field and later scored on Sierra's two-run triple. Williams' four-hit night raised his average for the Series to .471.
Jeff Nelson: Nelson made sure the close score Clemens had maintained through seven innings stayed close when the
Yankees came to bat in the ninth inning. Nelson pitched a scoreless eighth inning against the heart of the Marlins' order.
Nelson retired Ivan Rodriguez on a groundout and struck out Miguel Cabrera. After allowing a two-out single to Jeff Conine,
Nelson closed out the inning by retiring Mike Lowell on a fly out to left field.
Roger Clemens: For a brief moment, it looked as if Roger Clemens might not get out of the first inning in the final
start of his big-league start. After allowing three runs on five hits and throwing 42 pitches in the first inning, Clemens
settled down and kept the Yankees within striking distance. Clemens kept the Marlins off the scoreboard the next six innings
and limited them to three hits and did not allow a runner to advance past second base. Clemens retired the final nine batters
he faced. Clemens also chipped in on offese with a fifth-inning single.
Second inning: One of the reasons the Yankees have been so successful in the Joe Torre era is that they seemingly
pounce on any opportunity presented to them within a game. Therefore, it was a little surprising to see New York come up
mostly empty after the first three hitters reached base in the second inning. After Bernie Williams and Hideki Matsui reached
base on singles, Jorge Posada hit a ball that appeared destined for a groundout off the leg of pitcher Carl Pavano for an
infield single. Down 3-0, Karim Garcia came up as the go-ahead run and struck out. Boone drove in a run with sacrifice fly
but couldn't deliver a hit ahead of Clemens, who grounded out to end the inning.
Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its