Yanks Drop Tight Game One

Alfonso Soriano seems to keep coming to bat in key situations for the Yankees, and it seems that almost every time he does, the result is a big ‘K' in the scorebook. With two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Ugueth Urbina struck out Alfonso Soriano to take the air out of the Yankees' late-inning rally. The Yankees missed several opportunities to score throughout the game, dropping a 3-2 decision in the first game of the World Series.

The Marlins lived up to their reputation of speedy baserunners in the very first inning. Juan Pierre led off the game with a bunt single and then moved to third base on Luis Castillo's bloop infield single. Ivan Rodriguez lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Pierre and give the Marlins a 1-0 lead against David Wells.

Wells pitched reasonably well despite his lack of rest, but the Marlins put the pressure on him with bloop hits and good baserunning.

The Yanks tied the game in the third inning on Derek Jeter's single with two men on base. Bernie Williams flew out to left for the second out of that inning, and Nick Johnson – who had moved to third on Jeter's hit – was picked off third by Rodriguez and Mike Lowell to end the inning.

Florida went ahead for good in the fifth inning against Wells. Jeff Conine walked to lead off the inning before Juan Encarnacion singled to right field. After Alex Gonzalez bunted the runners over, Juan Pierre dropped a single into left field.

Hideki Matsui came up with the ball and fired home, but Aaron Boone cut off the ball despite the throw being on line and seemingly in time to get the second runner. Boone threw to first to try and get Pierre, but everyone was safe and Florida was up 3-1.

Bernie Williams' solo homerun off of Brad Penny brought the Yankees back within a run, but they would get no closer. The Bombers wasted several chances to put up more runs, stranding two runners in the eighth inning and then again in the ninth. For the game, the team left nine men on base and scored just two runs despite nine hits and five walks.

Wells (2-1) suffered his first loss of this postseason by allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over seven innings. He only struck out one batter before giving way to the bullpen. Jeff Nelson and Jose Contreras finished out the game for the Yanks.

Brad Penny (2-1) earned the victory, allowing just two runs on seven hits and three walks while fanning three batters. Dontrelle Willis worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Fish and Urbina earned his third save of the playoffs.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series, but the Yankees lost the first games of both the ALDS and ALCS before coming back to win both of those series. Game two of the series will be on Sunday at 8:00 pm. Andy Pettitte (2-0, 3.38) will get the ball for the Yankees to face Florida's Mark Redman (0-0, 5.17).

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