PHOENIX (AP) -- The two amazing comebacks are already in the highlight films. Unless they find a way to get past Randy Johnson or Curt Schilling this weekend, the New York Yankees won't like the ending.
It's easier to find water in the desert than a Yankees' rally at Bank One Ballpark, where they had one run and six hits in losing the first two games of the World Series last weekend.
"Hopefully, the confidence we've gotten out of these last three games will help us," New York manager Joe Torre said Friday. "We certainly got manhandled the last time we were here."
Schilling shut down the Yankees in the opener, and Johnson jumped them with a three-hitter in Game 2, becoming at age 38 the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout in the Series.
Not that the Yankees broke out in New York against Brian Anderson, Schilling and Miguel Batistsa. The only reason the Yankees have a 3-2 lead is their success against the Diamondbacks' battered bullpen, getting those electrifying two-out, two-run, game-tying home runs in the ninth from Tino Martinez in Game 4 and Scott Brosius in Game 5.
New York is batting just .177 with 10 runs and 28 hits. That's just five off the record-low hits for the first five games of a World Series, a mark set by the 1906 Chicago White Sox and matched by the 1969 Baltimore Orioles, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Take away the ninth-inning magic and it's even worse: During the first eight innings, the Yankees are hitting .154 (21-for-136), scoring four runs. From the ninth inning on, they're batting .286 (8-for-28) with six runs.
"Obviously, you know we realize as a pitching staff, we are not swinging the bats great right now," said Andy Pettitte, who pitches against Johnson in Game 6 Saturday night.
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