Friday, November 02, 2001

Yankees 3, Diamondbacks 2


New York stages another incredible comeback

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Scott Brosius watches his game-saving, ninth-inning HR.
(AP photos)
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        NEW YORK — Can you have the best two games in the history of sport's greatest franchise on back-to-back nights? With these New York Yankees you can.

        Down to their last out for the second straight night, the three-time defending champion Yankees got a two-run homer from Scott Brosius to tie it 2-2 and send Game 5 of the World Series into extra innings. The Yankees ended up winning it 3-2 on Alfonso Soriano's RBI single in the 12th.

        Brosius did the same thing Tino Martinez did Wednesday in Game 4.

        “You can't draw up two more amazing endings,” Brosius said. “One of our strengths is playing hard for 27 outs. But you don't want to wait 26 outs.”

        The only difference was that Brosius' home run went out to left field, Martinez's to right-center. The situation and pitcher were the same. Arizona closer Byung-Hyun Kim gave up both homers.

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Byung-Hyun Kim agonizes as Brosius rounds the bases
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        “It's Groundhog Day,” New York manager Joe Torre said. “I don't know what's going on ... this is the most incredible two games I've ever managed.”

        “It's pretty amazing,” Chuck Knoblauch said. “We were dominated two nights in a row until the 27th out. Then we win ...

        “They're a great team,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “We've been involved in two great baseball games. You can't win them all.”

        Against the Yankees, you don't win many.

        On Thursday, Kim gave up a leadoff double to Jorge Posada, got two out, then got lit up by Brosius. Brosius' ball, like Matinez's, barely cleared the fence.

        “He's our closer,” Brenly said of Kim. “When he was warning up in the bullpen, his stuff was electric.”

        So for the second straight night the game went to extra innings.

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Chuck Knoblauch scores the winning run.
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        The winning rally came in the 12th off Albie Lopez, Arizona's fifth pitch. Knoblauch led off with his first hit of the series. Brosius bunted him to second. Soriano lined one into right field. Reggie Sanders made a strong throw, but it went off the mitt of catcher Rod Barajas, and Knoblauch slid home safely.

        “I thought it was going to be close if he came up with it,” Knoblauch said.

        The D'backs loaded the bases in the 11th against super-closer Mariano Rivera. But Soriano snagged a line drive off Sanders' bat.

        The series heads back to the desert with the Yankees up 3 games to 2. After an off day today, Arizona's Randy Johnson faces Andy Pettitte in Phoenix Saturday night.

        The first November game in baseball history was played on a very pleasant night in the South Bronx. It was 61 degrees at game time.

        Miguel Batista, the guy Brenly passed over in favor of Curt Schilling in Game 4, pitched like Schilling. He threw 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He allowed five hits and walked five. But he struck out six — getting big outs when he needed them.

        New York starter Mike Mussina was nearly as good. He went eight innings, allowing four hits. But two of them were home runs by Steve Finley and Barajas.

World Series box score
SULLIVAN: Mystique, aura and timely hits
Diamondbacks manager on the hot seat
Yankees always down, never out
O'Neill makes retirement official
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