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World Series Game 2: Game balls
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10/19/2003 11:33 PM ET 
World Series Game 2: Game balls
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The Fall Classic is on, and with it, MLB.com's tradition of awarding World Series game balls. The victorious Yankees will be honored with up to five taxicabs. The Marlins will be awarded with fish.

Yankees

Five cabs: VIP, police escort
Four cabs: Green lights, little traffic, life is good
Three cabs: Clean backseat, no accidents
Two cabs: Your driver takes "the scenic route"
One cab: Gridlock, 102 degrees in the city, no AC, missing window crank


Andy Pettitte: For the third time this postseason, Pettitte started a game with the Yankees down 1-0 in a series and for the third time, Pettitte helped his team even that postseason series at 1-1. Pettitte went 8 2/3 innings and would have had a five-hit shutout if not for third baseman Aaron Boone's error in the ninth inning. Pettitte allowed one run (unearned) on six hits -- all singles -- and one walk and struck out seven. It was the 13th postseason win of Pettitte's career.


Hideki Matsui: After leading both teams with three hits in Game 1, Matsui produced more runs in the first inning of Game 2 than the entire Yankees' offense did in Game 1. Facing Marlins starter Mark Redman in the first inning with runners at the corners and two outs, Matsui gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead with a homer over the 408-foot mark in center field. Matsui's homer was more than enough offense for the Yankees on a night Pettitte was dealing.


Alfonso Soriano: Soriano had been struggling coming into Game 2, hitting .143 (5-for-35) in his past eight posteason games, including going 1-for-5 and missing some big RBI chances in Game 1. Soriano had one hit in Game 2, but it was a big one -- a two-run homer to left field with two outs in the fourth inning against Rick Helling that extended the Yankees' lead to 6-0.


Nick Johnson: After getting picked off third base in Game 1, Johnson was a big part of the Yankees' hitting attack in Game 2. He led both teams with three hits and two runs scored. Batting in the No. 8 spot, Johnson laid down a bunt single in the second inning and scored on a double by Juan Rivera. Johnson singled in the fourth inning and came around to score on Soriano's two-run homer. Johnson picked up his third hit in the sixth inning with a double.

Marlins

Five fish: Whale of a performance
Four fish: Starfish
Three fish: Happy as a clam
Two fish: Nice minnow
One fish: Sorry, Charlie


The relief corps: It was a long, but mostly productive, night for the Marlins bullpen after starter Mark Redman lasted just 2 1/3 innings. Rick Helling, the first reliever to follow Redman, allowed a two-run homer to Alfonso Soriano in the fourth inning, but after that, the Marlins kept the Yankees off the scoreboard. Chad Fox, Carl Pavano and Braden Looper worked one scoreless inning each.


Derrek Lee: It was too little, too late, but Lee did something no other Marlins player managed to do against Yankees starter Andy Pettitte -- drive in a run. Lee singled to right field in the ninth inning with two outs for his lone hit of the game to drive in Castillo and knock Pettitte out of the game.


Mark Redman: One of the reasons cited for giving Redman the Game 2 start at Yankee Stadium was that he faced the Yankees last season when he played with the Tigers. Redman's start lasted the equivalent of a relief outing as he was gone after 2 1/3 inings. Redman put his team at sizable disadvantage when he gave up a three-run homer to Hideki Matsui in the first inning. Redman allowed four runs on five hits and two walks and fell behind in the count to nine of the 13 batters he faced.


Hitters Nos. 4-9: Somewhat lost in the Marlins' 3-2 victory in Game 1 was that the No. 4-9 spots in the Florida lineup hit a cumulative .200 (4-for-20). Stats such as that tend to be glossed over in victories and stick out in losses. In Game 2, those same spots in the order went 2-for-20 with no extra-base hits. Cleanup hitter Miguel Cabrera was 0-for-4. Mike Lowell was 1-for-4 batting in the No. 7 spot and left three men on base.

Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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