Game 1 wrapup: Marlins 3, Yankees 2
NEW YORK -- The Yankees opened the 2003 World Series in the same fashion they opened
the AL Division Series and AL Championship Series -- with a loss.
New York never held a lead in dropping Game 1 of the Fall Classic, 3-2, to Florida Saturday
night at Yankee Stadium. Marlins leadoff hitter Juan Pierre scored his team's first run of the
game and drove in its final two, giving the Fish a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
"He's the catalyst for their offense," said Derek Jeter. "He was the difference."
The loss snapped the Yankees' 10-game home winning streak in the World Series, dating back
to Game 2 of the 1996 Fall Classic. Game 2 against Florida is scheduled for Sunday night in
the Bronx, as Andy Pettitte takes on Mark Redman in a matchup of left-handers.
Under manager Joe Torre, the Yankees are 7-1 in series in which they have lost Game 1. The
Yankees dropped the first game against both the Twins and Red Sox this postseason, only to
come back and win the series.
"It's nice that we've had this track record in these last two series, but we had so many
opportunities tonight, it was certainly frustrating," Torre said. "But since we've done it the last
couple of times, it keeps us from getting to the point of, 'We got to, we got to, we got to.'"
After Thursday's emotional ALCS Game 7 against the Red Sox, Yankee Stadium didn't have
the juice that would be expected for a World Series opener. Several players said that it didn't
feel like the Fall Classic, including starter David Wells, who characterized the contest as "a
game in June."
Wells, who started Tuesday afternoon and relieved briefly Thursday night, battled his way
through seven innings, holding Florida to three runs on six hits and two walks. Wells threw
104 pitches, giving the Yankees a valiant effort after Thursday's draining game.
"I felt good, made my pitches and had pretty good stuff tonight," Wells said. "For the most
part, I put the ball where I wanted. I did my job, gave us an opportunity to make things
happen. It just wasn't our night."
Wells was scratched for a run in the first inning. Pierre's bunt single was followed by Luis
Castillo's flare single to right, putting runners at the corners. Ivan Rodriguez lifted a sacrifice
fly to center, scoring Pierre and giving Rodriguez a playoff-best 17 RBIs.
The Yankees tied the game in the third against Brad Penny, as Derek Jeter continued his
October legend with an RBI single to center, scoring Karim Garcia from second and injecting
some life into the crowd of 55,769.
Wells escaped a one-out, first-and-second jam in the second by inducing a double play by
Alex Gonzalez, and the big left-hander settled in to retire the Marlins in order in the third and
fourth. But Pierre put the Marlins back on top in the fifth with a two-run single to left, giving
Florida a 3-1 lead.
"They're a team that makes you work," Wells said. "You have to try to keep those first two
guys off the bases, then shut down the power hitters. They're a quality team."
On the play, Hideki Matsui made a nice play to field the ball and fire home, but the throw
was cut off by Aaron Boone, who turned and fired to first to try to catch Pierre instead of
trying for Juan Encarnacion at home.
"In hindsight I wish I had let it go," Boone said. "I saw Encarnacion go past me. I know he
runs decent. I figured that if there wasn't a play I just didn't want to let it go and have another
man on second.
"Looking at the replay and talking to (catcher Jorge) Posada now, I think we would've had a
Penny used a pair of double plays to get through the fourth and fifth, but Bernie Williams
touched the right-hander for a solo home run with one out in the sixth, pulling New York
within a run. It was Williams' first homer of the postseason, the 18th of his career, tying him
with Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson for the most playoff long balls in Major League
Matsui followed with one of his three singles, prompting Marlins manager Jack McKeon to
pull Penny in favor of rookie left-hander Dontrelle Willis, who retired Posada and Jason
Giambi to end the inning. Penny was charged with two runs on seven hits and three walks,
striking out three.
"We had our chances, but they did a great job getting out of situations," Giambi said. "Their
pitching did a nice job."
Willis retired the first two men in the eighth, but Williams and Matsui rapped back-to-back
singles, putting runners at the corners. Florida called on closer Ugueth Urbina, who struck out
Posada to move the game to the ninth.
Urbina walked Giambi to lead off the bottom of the ninth, then walked Ruben Sierra one out
later. Alfonso Soriano struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch for the second out, and Urbina got
Nick Johnson to pop out to center, nailing down the win for the Marlins.
"Willis did a hell of a job coming out of the bullpen," Torre said. "Urbina wiggled off the hook
and made the pitches when he had to."
The Yankees send Pettitte to the mound in Game 2, looking for the southpaw to produce
another classic performance like the ones he gave them in the second games of the first two
"We lost the first game against Minnesota and Boston here," Jeter said. "I guess we're not very
good in the first game of a series."
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for
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