The Arizona Diamondbacks have won the World Series opener in stunningly easy fashion, 9 to 1, over the three-time defending World Champion New York Yankees.
Curt Schilling overpowered the Yanks. Schilling allowed just three hits and one run while striking out eight in his seven innings of work. He is 5-and-1 lifetime in the postseason.
Miguel Batista and Greg Swindell pitched an inning apiece in completing the three hitter. Arizona hit two home runs and took advantage of shabby Yankee defense to score five unearned runs.
Craig Counsell homered in the first and Luis Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the third. An error by Yankee right-fielder David Justice helped Arizona score four runs in the third inning.
Arizona scored four more in the fourth inning. An error by Yankee third baseman Scott Brosius allowed the D-backs to score an unearned run in that inning.
Yankee starter Mike Mussina lasted three innings, allowing six hits and five runs, including two unearned runs.
The Yanks try to get even Sunday night in game two in a battle of lefties. Andy Pettitte goes for the New Yorkers against Randy Johnson.
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