World Series Live: Game 4

ESPN.com identified the key moments in Game 4 with analysis from Jerry Crasnick.

Originally Published: October 22, 2003
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Follow along as ESPN.com identified the key moments and provided analysis from ESPN Insider Jerry Crasnick while Game 4 was in progress.

FIRST INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 0
WHAT HAPPENED:
Derek Jeter bounces into a double play after an Alfonso Soriano single to center. For some reason, Jeter fails to run out the play. ... Roger Clemens begins his last start by giving up a two-run homer to Miguel Cabrera, who saw a high and tight fastball toward his head on the first pitch of his at-bat. Cabrera's shot travels 380 feet to right field. Marlins score all three runs with two outs.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Yankees get a slightly different look tonight with Pavano's tight slider, after seeing all they wanted of Josh Beckett's curve ... File away that image of Derek Jeter standing in the batter's box on the one-hopper to Luis Castillo on the double-play ball. You won't see Jeter make a mental mistake like that very often -- and never in October ... Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who's been erratic in the field at times in the past, has really grown up this year with help from coach Ozzie Guillen. The postseason has really showcased his skill and flair for the acrobatic ... That homer shows why scouts and Jack McKeon love Miguel Cabrera so much. The kid got buzzed by Clemens, kept his mouth shut and went deep. He's going to be a star.
I love this. This is the ending Clemens deserves.       

-- Eric, Odessa, TX
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SECOND INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 1
WHAT HAPPENED:
Yankees get a run back with the help of a controversial call at first base on a Hideki Matsui grounder. Aaron Boone's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded scores Bernie Williams. ... Clemens settles, getting a 1-2-3 inning.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Joe Torre put Alfonso Soriano in motion in the first inning and had Bernie Williams running in the second after leadoff singles. Who says he's just a push-button manager? ... The umpires have generally been solid in the postseason, but Ed Rapuano missed the call on that Hideki Matsui grounder. Matsui was clearly out ... With Clemens and Pavano both running up their pitch counts early, Jeff Weaver (remember him?) and Rick Helling are already up in the bullpens ... Careless defense by Juan Pierre, missing the cutoff man on Aaron Boone's sacrifice fly, but the Marlins don't suffer for it.
This is exactly why you don't Pull Clemens. 1-2-3 and he looked great. He could easily settle in now.

-- Ricky, Spokane
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THIRD INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 1
WHAT HAPPENED:
Marlins don't play a shift on Jason Giambi, who singles through the right side. In the AL, that's an out. Bernie Williams follows with another single to right, but no runs. ... Jeter makes a great play on Ivan Rodriguez on ball up the middle.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Marlins are still attacking Jason Giambi with high fastballs. Pavano blows one past Giambi at 95 mph before giving up a single to right ... Pudge Rodriguez still gets down the line pretty well for a guy who's played 13 years in the big leagues as a catcher. He almost beat out that high chopper to Jeter ... Clemens knows he got a reprieve, being down only 3-1 after that horrendous first inning. He's locked in now ... Jeff Conine never tries to do too much at the plate -- just hits the ball where it's pitched. Jack McKeon saw how well he's swinging, and moved him from seventh to fifth in the order against Clemens.
I hope someday, somewhere, someone gives Conine the credit he deserves for his postseason efforts.

-- Brian, Tucson
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FOURTH INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 1
WHAT HAPPENED:
A low-maintenance inning for Pavano, who retires the side in order for the second time tonight. ... Clemens retires 10 of 12 since the first inning.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Faces in the crowd: Don Shula, Hammerin' Hank Aaron, LL Cool J and the tennis-playing Williams sisters. Apparently, Yanni is flying below the radar tonight ... Pavano and Clemens have settled into a nice rhythm, and we suddenly have a pitchers' duel. Thankfully, Clemens won't have to leave the mound in his final big-league start and hand the ball to Jeff Weaver ... Clemens came up and in early on Pudge Rodriguez and Miguel Cabrera, and hasn't gone back there since ... How did Jeter ever miss that tag on Derrek Lee?
Yankees payroll has ruined baseball. Money talks and wins titles too. Go Marlins.

-- Mike, Bethlehem, PA
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FIFTH INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 1
WHAT HAPPENED:
Clemens leads off with a single to center, his first World Series hit. Jeter bounces into an inning-ending double play. ... Pudge smacks a one-out double, but it amounts to nothing.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
You have to give Carl Pavano a lot of credit. He knows the Marlins' season is basically over if they lose. He knows Clemens, the all-time great, is making his last career start. Pavano couldn't catch a break in a crazy second inning. Yet he's still hanging in there, up 3-1 ... Baseball people frequently joke about pre-game clubhouse meetings where the scouting reports advise pitchers to work every hitter "up and in and down and away.'' Funny thing, but that formula seems to work every time against Alfonso Soriano ... Roger Clemens, after singling, almost got beheaded on a double-play turn by Alex Gonzalez. That sound you just heard was Boston Red Sox fans cheering.
Did Rocket just run?! I don't remember the last time we had an earthquake in Miami.

-- Freak, Miami
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SIXTH INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 1
WHAT HAPPENED:
The Yankees go down 1-2-3 in the top half of the inning. ... The Marlins do the same in the bottom half as Roger Clemens has now retired 16 of the last 19 batters he's faced.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Carl Pavano is still jumping ahead of hitters, throwing 92-93 and hitting the inside corner against New York's lefties. And Clemens just blew a 95-mph fastball past Alex Gonzalez. If the two starters are tiring, they sure don't show it ... Mike Lowell hit a fly ball pretty well to center field this inning, but you have to wonder if he's fully recovered from his broken hand and the resulting September layoff. Lowell led the Marlins with 32 homers and 105 RBI this year, but he doesn't seem to be a presence in this series ... Clemens is due up fourth next inning. Joe Torre might have a decision to make.
If the game continues like it has for the last few innings, we'll have a rerun of last year's All Star Game.

-- Mike, Brewster
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SEVENTH INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 1
WHAT HAPPENED:
Pavano gets through seven innings in 103 pitches. No walks allowed by either pitcher. ... Clemens throws flawless inning and leads off next -- meaning his career is likely done.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Ruben Sierra grabbed a bat and entered the on-deck circle in the seventh, but Yankees went 1-2-3 to give Clemens one more inning ... Torre doesn't have faith in anyone other than Mariano Rivera, and McKeon's bullpen imploded in Game 3, so neither manager is in any hurry to lift the starters ... Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo, Florida's offensive catalysts, are hitless in eight at-bats and have gotten the ball out of the infield one time. You're supposed to beat the Marlins when that happens ... Fans at Pro Player Stadium are snapping pictures in hopes of capturing Clemens's final pitch. The flashbulbs are popping ... Clemens receives a standing ovation as he exits.
They shouldnt be cheering for ROOOODDDDGGGERRRRR, hes the enemy.

-- Greg, San Diego
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EIGHTH INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 1
WHAT HAPPENED:
Yankees again fail to do anything against Pavano, who finishes strong. Ugueth Urbina warming up in the bullpen. ... Jeff Nelson becomes potential trivia answer. Who finished Roger Clemens' last start?

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Who kidnapped Derek Jeter? He's grounded into two double plays, failed to get the ball out of the infield in four plate appearances, stood at home plate watching a jam shot one-hopper to second base, and been saved from an error thanks to a missed call by an umpire. No Mr. October Jr. on this night ... Carl Pavano has thrown 115 pitches and looks done, as Ugueth Urbina gets loose in the bullpen. With his performance tonight, Pavano might finally shed the label of the Kid Who Was Once Traded for Pedro Martinez ... Urbina has been throwing a lot of 75-78 mph changeups early in the count of late. Will he stick with that formula against Giambi, Williams and Matsui in the ninth?
Pavano was part of the deal that send Pedro to Boston from Montreal, and now he is shutting the Yanks down better than Pedro did, isnt it a beautiful game?

-- Greg, Penn State
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NINTH INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 3
WHAT HAPPENED:
After a Bernie Williams single and a Hideki Matsui walk, Ruben Sierra's two-out triple off Urbina ties the game. Clemens won't lose his last start. ... Jose Contreras blows a fastball by Todd Hollandsworth to end the inning. Extra frames we go.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Brian Cashman acquired Ruben Sierra from Texas in June for outfielder Marcus Thames. Larry Beinfest picked up Ugueth Urbina from Texas for three prospects in July. Guess we know which Buck Showalter refugee won this battle ... Urbina threw six straight pitches on the outside corner, or near it, before leaving a fastball inside. Sierra jumped all over it ... Nothing saps a team's spirit like a blown save with two outs in the ninth. If the Marlins lose this series, they can point to their bullpen as the principal culprit.
Going down to Yanks 3-1 -- difficult, Choking in the 9th inning -- depressing, Having a bullpen that can hold a lead -- PRICELESS!

-- Mike, L.A.
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10TH INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 3
WHAT HAPPENED:
Jeter reaches second base on a two-out double, but Giambi strikes out ... Pierre reaches second base on a single and a sacrifice, but Cabrera strikes out.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Marlins get a gift when Juan Pierre, who never walks, reaches on four pitches against Jose Contreras leading off the inning. But Contreras blows away Pudge and Cabrera with fastballs to end the inning. Best of all, for the Yankees, Mariano Rivera still lurks in the pen ... In the top of the inning Derek Jeter leans over the plate, nearly gets smoked by a Chad Fox inside fastball and says "Wow!'' in response. Then he steps back in the box and lines a double to right, his first hit on a forgettable night. Some players are just built for October ... Ugueth Urbina's woeful ninth inning makes you appreciate Rivera's run of postseason consistency all the more.
I don't have the heart for this anymore. The Boston series took it all out of me. Can't we just win easily for once? Like the good old days when we won 13 straight World Series games?

-- Steve, Long Island
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11TH INNING: Marlins 3, Yankees 3
WHAT HAPPENED:
Yankees load the bases with one out, but fail to score. Boone strikes out and John Flaherty pops up ... Jeff Weaver, pitching for the first time in nearly a month, sets down the Marlins in order.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Jack McKeon takes a big risk walking the bases full, then lifting Chad Fox for Braden Looper, who has trouble throwing strikes at times. But Looper comes up huge. Hey, the septuagenarian skipper knows his personnel ... This Jeff Weaver guy is pretty good. Where the heck did he come from? ... If the Yankees win this thing, you get the feeling Bernie Williams is going to play a role. He's swinging the bat better now than he has all season.
Weaver knows he'll be stuffed and mounted by the Boss if he blows it.

-- Conky, Philadelphia
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12TH INNING: Marlins 4, Yankees 3 (final)
WHAT HAPPENED:
Marlins finally get Williams (four hits on the night) out. Giambi is left stranded after a two-out single. ... Alex Gonzalez's homer means the Series goes back to New York.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
It might lack the cachet of Cubs vs. Red Sox, but we suddenly have a very interesting World Series shaping up ... Poor Jeff Weaver. He's officially George Steinbrenner's new whipping boy ... Braden Looper, who lost his closer's job to Urbina in September, displayed closer's stuff tonight. He jammed Flaherty and Jeter, breaking their bats, and whiffed Boone with a fastball that just bore in on Boone's hands. Then he threw a 96 mph heater to Bernie Williams. Geez ... You know what the Marlins' victory means: Roger Clemens, who supposedly pitched his final game tonight, will be coming out of the bullpen in Game 6 or 7 this weekend at Yankee Stadium.
Isn't Weaver a frozen fish company? I smell an endorsement deal. "Nobody serves fish like Weaver."

-- Bill, Cuse, N.Y.
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