10/19/2003 11:33 PM ET
World Series Game 2: Game balls
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.
By Jared Hoffman / MLB.com
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.
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.