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World Series Game 5: Game balls
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10/23/2003 11:55 PM ET 
World Series Game 5: Game balls
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Florida took a 3-2 lead in the World Series Thursday night, one more win and the Wild Card Marlins upset the New York Yankees. But first things first, MLB.com must dole out game balls -- fish for the Marlins, taxicabs for the Yankees -- for Game 5 performances.

Marlins

Five fish: Whale of a performance
Four fish: Starfish
Three fish: Happy as a clam
Two fish: Nice minnow
One fish: Sorry, Charlie


Brad Penny: Penny, who at one point this postseason was demoted to the bullpen, turned in another strong start for the Marlins this series. Penny allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks in seven innings. He made a huge contribution at the plate with a two-run single in the second inning that gave the Marlins a lead they would never surrender. Penny closed out his start in the seventh by retiring Bernie Williams with the bases loaded.


Two-out runs: The first four runs the Marlins scored came with two outs. In their three-run second inning, the Marlins rally didn't begin until after there were two outs. With two outs, Mike Lowell and Derrek Lee each walked, and Alex Gonzalez tied the game, 1-1, with a ground-rule double. Penny made it 3-1 with a two-run single. In the fourth, Juan Pierre's two-out RBI double made it 4-1.


Ugueth Urbina: There's a reason one of the requirements for being a Major League closer requires an extremely short memory. In a span of 24 hours, Urbina went from blowing a two-run lead in the ninth in Game 4 to coming on in the ninth inning of Game 5 to snuff out a Yankees rally. After Braden Looper, who got the win in relief in Game 4, gave up two runs in the ninth, Urbina came in needing to get two outs and Bernie Williams at the plate representing the tying run. Urbina retired Williams on a deep fly to right-center and got the final out when Hideki Matusi hit a hard grounder to first.


Mike Lowell: It has been mostly a tough postseason for the Marlins best run producer in the regular season. Lowell is hitting .150 for the Series, but is showing some signs of snapping his slump or least getting some better luck. In the fifth, Lowell hit a a looping fly ball to center field that dropped in for a hit and drove in two runs to expand the Marlins lead to 6-1. It was Lowell's only hit of the game, but it provided the Marlins' margin of victory.

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


Derek Jeter: Jeter was a big part of the Yankees offense, banging out a game-high three hits from the leadoff spot. Jeter began the game with a single against Marlins starter Brad Penny and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Bernie Williams. Jeter's second hit was an RBI single in the seventh. In the ninth, Jeter singled following a solo homer by Giambi and scored on a double by Enrique Wilson.


Jeff Nelson: Nelson was the third pitcher used in relief of starter David Wells, who pitched a scoreless first inning but left the game because of injury, and the only reliever to keep the Marlins off the scoreboard. Nelson went two innings and limited the Marlins to two hits and a walk. Nelson has not allowed a run in four innings this series.


The Replacements: First baseman Jason Giambi, who has a sore knee, and second baseman Alfonso Soriano, who has been struggling, each began the game on the Yankees bench. Nick Johnson started at first base and Enrique Wilson started at second. Johnson went 2-for-4 and scored one of the Yankees' three runs. Wilson was 2-for-4 with a walk and drove in a run in the ninth with an RBI double. Wilson also committed a key error in the fifth that led to two unearned runs. Johnson and Wilson each stranded a runner.


Jose Contreras: Contreras found himself in a tough spot in Game 5, having to enter the game in the second inning to replace Wells. Contreras, who pitched two innings in Game 4, had a rough second inning. After retiring the first two batters to start the inning, Contreras allowed three runs on two hits and three walks. Contreras pitched around a two-out double in the third, but gave up another run in the fourth.

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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