10/19/2003 11:02 PM ET
Yankees get back on track quickly
NEW YORK -- Two big lefty starters had two largely different results Sunday night, and that's why the World Series is tied up heading to the warmer climes of South Florida.
The Yankees' Andy Pettitte did everything expected of him and more as the designated Game 2 savior for the Yankees, allowing just six hits in a near shutout but a virtual shutdown of the Marlins' pesky offense.
Meanwhile, Florida's Mark Redman did absolutely nothing the Marlins had hoped from him, and that put the Marlins in an early hole against a Yankees lineup that came out with a more aggressive attitude for Game 2 than they had for Game 1.
Although Pettitte had to battle through full counts in the first inning, he settled in and kept the Marlins from coming close to mounting a rally until Aaron Boone's error helped the Marlins score in the ninth. Pettitte allowed some long fly balls in the second then struck out the side in the third, and the domination began.
Redman's slow and slower stuff wasn't finding the zone to start, and he didn't even get out of the first without a monster blow from Godzilla giving the Yankees the upper hand. That three-run shot by Hideki Matsui brought the Yankee Stadium crowd, which hadn't been in the game all night in Game 1, right on top of the action, demanding a curtain call.
That was ballgame at that point, the last eight innings looking like merely a formality the way that Pettitte found his groove.
But the Marlins have to be happy with a split at Yankee Stadium as they head home for a literally warm reception from South Florida's weather and the 60,000-plus residents that will greet them for Game 3.
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
By John Schlegel / MLB.com