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10/29/2001 04:44 AM ET
Big Unit shuts out Yanks; D-Backs go up 2-0
By Carrie Muskat
Arizona's Matt Williams became the the first player to homer for three different teams in a World Series.
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Box score

PHOENIX -- The New York Yankees can't wait to face Brian Anderson. Or Miguel Batista. Or Albie Lopez. Anyone but Curt Schilling or Randy Johnson.

One day after Schilling shut down the Yankees on three hits in Game 1, Johnson overwhelmed them. The Arizona left-hander threw a three-hit shutout Sunday to power the Diamondbacks to a 4-0 victory over the Yankees and take a commanding two-games-to-none lead in the World Series.

Johnson struck out seven of the first nine batters he faced and finished with 11. For stats freaks, the World Series record for strikeouts in a single game is 17 set by St. Louis fireballer Bob Gibson on Oct. 2, 1968.

"He lived up to what he's supposed to do today," New York manager Joe Torre said of Johnson. "He was sensational."

Matt Williams hit a three-run homer and Danny Bautista added a RBI double for the D-Backs, who apparently didn't get the memo about the Yankees' mystique.
Yankees 0 3 0
Diamondbacks 4 5 0
WP: Randy Johnson (1-0)
LP: Andy Pettitte (0-1)
SV: None

HR: None

After a day off for travel, the setting shifts to Yankee Stadium for Game 3 on Tuesday, which will go head to head with Michael Jordan's first NBA regular season game at New York's Madison Square Garden.

"I'm tired of the Jordan thing already," Anderson said.

Hey, it's baseball season.

Anderson (1-0, 2.45 ERA), a diehard Nebraska football fan, makes his first World Series start in the Bronx against veteran Roger Clemens (0-1, 3.38 ERA).

"I just kind of chuckled to myself and said, 'Well, it figures,'" Anderson said about having to face the five-time Cy Young winner.

"We need to break the fall," Torre said. "Roger's our guy on Tuesday."

All Arizona manager Bob Brenly may need for the trip is Johnson, Schilling and earplugs. The Big Unit and the other Unit have held New York to six hits in the two games, supporting the axiom that good pitching wins games.

"If you don't feel like you can beat someone, you might as well just go home," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said, unafraid of the left- and right-handed duo. "Winning is not easy even though we've made it look easy at times."

The last time a team lost the World Series after winning the first two games at home came in 1981, when the Yankees fell in six games to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Thirty-six of the 47 teams (76.6 percent) that have taken a two games to none lead in the best-of-seven Series have gone on to win. The Yankees know that. They've done so the last three years.

"This game and last night's game are forgotten," Arizona's Williams said.

Brenly isn't looking ahead either.

"You have to play them one game at a time, as boring as that sounds," he said. "That's what works in this game."

"In our situation, we've been there before," New York first baseman Tino Martinez said. "We know how long a series can be and how tough it is to win four games. There's a long way to go."

Torre tweaked his lineup against the Big Unit, inserting right-handers Randy Velarde and Shane Spencer. Southpaws Martinez and Paul O'Neill, who were 0-for-1 and 0-for-3, respectively, against Johnson lifetime, were spectators. Why?

"Well, 'why' is Randy Johnson," Torre said.

The larger than a saguaro lefty stared down hitters from behind his black glove. He flinched with one out in the Yankees fourth, walking Velarde who has a career .452 average against Johnson, but then got Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams to ground out.

Jorge Posada singled leading off the fifth but Johnson returned to strikeout mode and whiffed Spencer and Alfonso Soriano.

Every time Johnson got a two-strike count, the 49,646 white bandana-waving fans at Bank One Ballpark cheered for a strikeout. Most of the time, Johnson came through, which is exactly what he's done for Arizona this postseason.

Johnson, 38, won his first two postseason starts in 1995 with Seattle, then went 0-5 until this year. With Sunday's win, he's now 3-1 this October with two complete games, a 1.36 ERA and 38 strikeouts.

"He's always had the physical skills to dominate hitters," Brenly said, "and he's just in a very relaxed and focused zone right now and we hope he stays there for another week."

This is the best week in baseball.

"This is everybody's dream to be here," Johnson said. "We're playing the Yankees, it's the biggest stage in sports."


Not everyone agreed with home plate umpire Mark Hirschbeck's calls. Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams disagreed in the second and third baseman Scott Brosius vehemently argued a called third strike in the eighth.

"The last thing we're going to do is blame an umpire for what we didn't do," Torre said.

It was the first complete game shutout in a World Series since Schilling did so for Philadelphia on Oct. 21, 1993, in Game 4 against Toronto.

Andy Pettitte (2-2) deserved better. The only Yankees lefty in the lineup, Pettitte gave up five hits over seven innings, striking out eight.

"He was tremendous tonight," Brenly said of Pettitte who threw 80 pitches, 64 for strikes.

Reggie Sanders hit an infield single to Jeter at short to lead off the Arizona second and scored on Bautista's double into the right center field gap, which has become a Bermuda Triangle for the Yankees. David Justice won't be going out there any time soon.

With one out in the seventh and a runner at first, Bautista bounced a ball off Pettitte's leg for a single. The Yankees starter stayed in the game but two pitches later, served up Williams' sixth career postseason homer to make it 4-0.

"Randy didn't need it. He pitched great," Matt Williams said of his homer.

The 35-year-old veteran third baseman is the first player to homer for three different teams in a World Series. He also connected for San Francisco in 1989 and for Cleveland in 1997.

The Yankees aren't panicking. This year, they lost the first two games of the Division Series against Oakland and rallied. In the 1996 World Series, New York lost the first two games to Atlanta and rallied.

"We have been pretty resilient as far as bouncing back from bad things happening," Torre said.

A fan at the BOB held up a sign, "2-0 and we're not Oakland."

It's up to you, New York.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for

Box score 2001 World Series

Diamondbacks 4, Yankees 0

at Bank One Ballpark


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Diamondbacks 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 5 0
Chuck Knoblauch LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Randy Velarde 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000
Derek Jeter SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Bernie Williams CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .143
Jorge Posada C 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .333
Shane Spencer RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .250
Alfonso Soriano 2B 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 .167
Scott Brosius 3B 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 .167
Andy Pettitte P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
a-Luis Sojo PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Mike Stanton P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 0 3 0 1 11 9 -
a-grounded to second for Pettitte in the 8th.
GIDP - Sojo.
Team LOB - 3.
1 (Brosius-Soriano-Velarde).
Tony Womack SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Craig Counsell 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .125
Luis Gonzalez LF 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .286
Reggie Sanders RF 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 .500
Danny Bautista CF 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 .667
Steve Finley CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Matt D. Williams 3B 3 1 2 3 0 0 1 .500
Mark Grace 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167
Damian Miller C 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .286
Randy Johnson P 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Totals 28 4 5 4 0 8 5 -
- Bautista (1, Pettitte).
HR - M Williams (1, 7th inning off Pettitte 2 on, 1 out).
RBI - Bautista (1), M Williams 3 (4).
GIDP - Miller.
Team LOB - 1.
1 (M Williams-Counsell-Grace).
Andy Pettitte (L, 0-1) 7 5 4 4 0 8 80 16-64 26 1 5.14
Mike Stanton 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 5-7 3 0 0.00

HBP - Gonzalez (by Pettitte).
Ground balls-fly balls: Johnson 11-5; Pettitte 11-2; Stanton 2-1.

Randy Johnson (W, 1-0) 9 3 0 0 1 11 111 35-76 30



Ground balls-fly balls: Johnson 11-5; Pettitte 11-2; Stanton 2-1.

Umpires: Mark Hirschbeck (HP) Dale Scott (1B) Ed Rapuano (2B) Jim Joyce (3B) Dana DeMuth (LF) Steve Rippley (RF)
Time: 2:35
Attendance: 49,646
Weather: 88 degrees, clear. Wind: 3 mph, left to right.