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World Series Game 4: Game balls
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10/23/2003 12:55 AM ET 
World Series Game 4: Game balls
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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.

Marlins

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.

Yankees

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 clubs.



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