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Notebook: D-backs' Brenley learned not to second guess

Joe Rutter
| Friday, Nov. 2, 2001

NEW YORK - Bob Brenly the broadcaster would not have criticized Bob Brenly the manager for the decision to remove pitcher Curt Schilling after seven innings in Game 4 of the World Series.

The move backfired when 22-year-old Arizona Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim gave up a game-tying two-out, two-run homer to Tino Martinez in the ninth inning and a game-winning, two-out solo homer to Derek Jeter in the 10th.

"I would say he did a hell of a job and made all the right moves," Brenly said, laughing.

Turning serious, Brenly said: "When I was up in the booth, I made it a point to never second-guess. If you cannot point something out ahead of time, it becomes the lowest form of journalism, as far as I'm concerned, to come in after the fact and say what should have happened. I tried to never do that when I was up in the broadcast booth."

The decision to replace Schilling, who had thrown 88 pitches, with Kim, who ended up throwing 62, was debated ad nauseum. Although Schilling's final two pitches registered 97 and 98 mph, respectively, Brenly thought his starter was beginning to tire on three days' rest.

"I thought the Yankees were starting to get some better swings at him in the seventh," Brenly said. "When he came off the field, we said that if we get some points in the eighth, we were going to go with B.K. to get the last six outs."

The Diamondbacks scored twice in the eighth to take a 3-1 lead. Kim struck out the side in the eighth, but gave up a one-out single in the ninth before Martinez homered.

"Could (Schilling) have gone out for the eighth• Probably," Brenly said. "Would he have struck out the side like B.K. did• I'm not sure if he does strike out the side, that he would not have gone out for the ninth. I really don't see what the big deal is."

Kim was 19 of 23 in save opportunities in the regular season. His .173 batting average against was the lowest among NL relievers. Until Game 4, he had pitched 6{1/3} scoreless innings in the postseason, recording three saves.

"It's mind boggling to think that he's able to do what he has done this year," Brenly said.

@subhead:RAPPING WITH RAPUANO

@bodycopy:Ed Rapuano's first World Series game as home plate umpire turned into an adventure in the third inning of Game 4 when he got into a heated verbal exchange with Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez.

El Duque reacted angrily when, with two outs and runners on the corners, his first pitch to Matt Williams was called a ball. Hernandez yelled a few choice expletives that Rapuano thought were directed at him.

Rapuano removed his mask, stepped in front of the plate and took a few steps toward the mound. A couple of Yankees players approached Hernandez to provide a calming influence. Yankees manager Joe Torre did the same with Rapuano.

"When I'm aggressive, I speak and talk to myself," Hernandez said. "He thought I was screaming at him, but I wasn't. He screamed at me, and the adrenaline was going and I was excited, so I screamed back."

Hernandez got out of the jam when Williams hit a ground ball. El Duque made amends with Rapuano after the seventh inning. They met halfway up the first-base line as Hernandez left the mound. El Duque said something and gave a friendly pat to Rapuano, who laughed.

@subhead:BACK TO WORK

@bodycopy:Torre, his coaching staff and general manager Brian Cashman had their contracts expire when the calendar flipped to November. Cashman, who apparently is on the verge of signing a three-year, $4 million deal, wonders what all the fuss was about part of the staff finishing the World Series without a contract.

Cashman said he had no intention of not showing up for work yesterday.

"If I did that, I wouldn't deserve to come back here," he said. "Or be wanted back. I don't think I'd be an attractive candidate elsewhere, either."

Torre and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner reportedly are haggling over incentive clauses in a three-year, $16 million deal.

@subhead:NO ROOM IN RIGHT

@bodycopy:Diamondbacks outfielder Reggie Sanders tried in vain to keep Jeter's game-winning homer from reaching the seats in right field. The short porch sits just 314 feet from home plate.

"I just ran out of room, and it took the breath out of me," Sanders said.

Kim didn't express a look of surprise when the ball cleared the wall, but he was caught off guard by the homer.

"I knew the ballpark was short," he said, "but I didn't know it was that short."

@subhead:MAKING MA PROUD

@bodycopy:Jeter, the World Series MVP last year, not only was 1 for 15 before his game-winning homer, he was taking some justifiable heat from his mother.

"She'd been yelling, 'Do something!' for four games," Jeter said.

One swing of the bat granted her wish.

@subhead:LATE SCRATCH

@bodycopy:A right calf injury forced Diamondbacks catcher Damian Miller from the lineup. He was scratched about an hour before the game and replaced by backup Rod Barajas.

Miller injured his calf Tuesday night in Game 3 and aggravated it in Game 4. Barajas' previous postseason experience was limited to one defensive appearance in the division series. He made 31 starts in the regular season during three stints with the Diamondbacks, batting .160 with three homers and nine RBI in 106 at-bats.

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