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10/28/2001 02:07 AM ET
D-Backs crush Mussina, take Game 1
By Carrie Muskat
Craig Counsell hits a solo shot to power the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-1 victory Saturday night.
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PHOENIX -- The New York Yankees found out quickly that the ball does carry in the desert air.

Luis Gonzalez belted a two-run homer and Craig Counsell hit a key solo shot to power the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-1 victory Saturday night over the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series.

Curt Schilling (4-0) remained unbeaten in four postseason starts, striking out eight and holding the Yankees to three hits over seven innings.

"That's a good night's work for him," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said of Schilling, who could start Game 4.

Yankees 1 3 2
Diamondbacks 9 10 0
WP: Curt Schilling (1-0)
LP: Mike Mussina (0-1)
SV: None

HR: Craig Counsell (1), Luis Gonzales (1)

If the three-time World Champion Yankees are to make it four in a row, it won't get any easier Sunday in Game 2 when Andy Pettitte (2-1, 2.18 ERA) squares off against the Big Unit, Randy Johnson (2-1, 1.88 ERA).

Pettitte may be the only left-handed bat in the Yankee lineup.

"I'm looking forward to facing Andy Pettitte," Johnson said, chuckling.

If the infant Diamondbacks were nervous playing in their first World Series, they didn't show it. All week, they've listened to talk about the Yankees mystique, the 26 World Championships, the power of the pinstripes.

"We didn't buy into all that hype stuff," Brenly said. "It's out there and it's talked about a lot but our guys have maintained that we have to go out and play the game. The history of that great franchise doesn't enter into it, only the present."

"I was just awful. Every ball I threw was in the middle of the plate. You just can't go out there with that."

--Yankees starter Mike Mussina

The Diamondbacks, the youngest expansion franchise in to ever reach the World Series, are rewriting their history daily.

This is, obviously, the first World Series game in Arizona and also the first time a World Series has started so late, delayed because of the one-week postponement following the Sept. 11 tragedy.

There was the proper pregame red, white and blue fanfare for the 49,646 at Bank One Ballpark, the park's largest crowd ever, including a giant American flag that covered almost the entire outfield. But the primary colors at the BOB were purple and teal.

And the D-Backs' primary goal -- avoid closer Mariano Rivera -- was accomplished. Every position player except Arizona leadoff hitter Tony Womack got a hit.

"It really was the epitome of a team effort tonight," Brenly said.

It was a tough night for the Yankees. New York starter Mike Mussina (2-1) lasted just three innings.

"I was just awful," Mussina said. "Every ball I threw was in the middle of the plate. You just can't go out there with that."