10/09/2003 3:11 AM ET
NLCS Game 2: Score Tracker
BOT 1st: CHI 2, FLA 0: As in Game 1, the Cubs jumped out to a first-inning lead, but waited a little later to break out the long hits. Mark Grudzielanek got things started with a one-out single to center field against Marlins starter Brad Penny. Sammy Sosa walked on four pitches and one out later, Aramis Ramirez walked on five pitches to load the bases. Randall Simon hit the first delivery he saw from Penny into left field for a two-run single and a lead the Cubs would never surrender.
By Jared Hoffman / MLB.com
BOT 2nd: CHI 5, FLA 0: After Cubs starter Mark Prior got out of a jam for a second consecutive inning, his teammates made sure he a big lead to work with the rest of the game. Paul Bako started the inning with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Prior. Kenny Lofton singled for his second to drive in Bako and then stole second. After Grudzielanek grounded out, Sosa slammed an 0-1 pitch from Penny 495 feet to center field for his second homer in as many at-bats.
BOT 3rd: CHI 8, FLA 0: Aramis Ramirez began the inning by hitting a 3-2 pitch from Penny to left field for his first homer of the series. Randall Simon singled to right field to knock Penny out of the game. Right-hander Nate Bump got Alex Gonzalez on a force out, but Bako doubled in a run to make it 7-0. With two outs, Lofton drove home Bako with a single to left for the third and final run of the inning.
BOT 5th: CHI 11, FLA 0: The Cubs enjoyed their third three-run inning and fourth multi-run inning of the game. Simon led off the inning with a double against reliever Rick Helling, who was in his second inning of work. The next batter, Alex Gonzalez homered to left field on a 3-2 pitch from Helling to make it 10-0. Bako walked, moved to third on a single by Lofton and scored on a double by Grudzielanek.
TOP 6th: CHI 11, FLA 2: After missing out on some early opportunities, the Marlins got to Prior in the sixth on back-to-back homers by Derrek Lee and Miguel Cabrera to run the Marlins' home run total for the series to six.
BOT 6th: CHI 12, FLA 2 The Cubs immediately pushed their lead back to double-digits after the Marlins scored twice in the top of the inning. With one out, Gonzalez hit a solo homer to center field against Helling for his second homer of the game and third of the series, tying Boston's Todd Walker for the most home runs this postseason.
TOP 8th: CHI 12, FLA 3: In a series that has been dominated by big hits, the Marlins scored the last run of this game in the quietest of ways, when Juan Encarnacion grounded into a double play against reliever Dave Veres with the bases loaded.
Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.