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10/28/2001 01:55 AM ET
Stanton Diary: It's just one loss
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Throughout the World Series, Yankees reliever Mike Stanton will continue his exclusive "First Person" diary with Yankees.com and MLB.com. The Yankees opened the World Series with Game 1 at Bank One Ballpark on Saturday.

Saturday, Oct. 27 -- Postgame

The Yankees lost Game 1 to the Diamondbacks, 9-1, Saturday as Mike Mussina lasted just three innings, surrendering four runs. Arizona starter Curt Schilling threw seven innings of one-run ball, as the Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Stanton threw a scoreless eighth inning.

Like I said when we lost 14-3 to Seattle last series, it doesn't matter how ugly it is, it still counts as only one loss. We pretty much didn't do anything right tonight.

Mike Mussina came out and had some trouble with location, and it built from there. We didn't field the ball good, we didn't pitch, we didn't hit, and when you put all of those things together, it makes for a long night for the Yankees.

This is one loss. The fact that it's Game 1, it makes no difference. What we're going to try to do is win the last game of the season. If we can do that, we will have won the World Series. This is only round one of seven, and we just have to tip our caps. Schilling made some good pitches tonight and we didn't. That makes for a long night, so we'll have to come back and get ready for tomorrow.

Even as good as Moose has been all year, and especially in the playoffs, the guy is still human. No one likes to sit for a long time, and while I'm not trying to make excuses, we're not a real good team after long layoffs. You can see that in our record after off-days and the All-Star break. We can't do anything about this one, so we'll come back and try again tomorrow.

Schilling made good pitches, but I don't think he was the dominant pitcher that I have seen in the past. I have seen him when he's just been ridiculous. I think if we could have gotten a few more hits early, who knows what could have happened. But that didn't happen. He made his pitches and they scored some runs for him. Once it started to get out of hand, he settled down and got into his game.

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When I got in the game to pitch the eighth, they had some left-handers coming up, and since we've had several days off, it's good to get people in there to get their feet wet. Even though we've been here before, it's always good to get that first one out of the way.

I felt like I had a pretty good fastball, made some good pitches and knocked the dust off. Now I'm good to go for tomorrow.

Losing this game, it's just a loss. It being Game 1 makes no difference, as long as we win the last game, that's the only thing we're looking for.

Mike Stanton is relief pitcher for the New York Yankees.