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11/04/2001 06:22 AM ET
D-Backs throttle Yanks; force Game 7
By Carrie Muskat
MLB.com
Tony Womack had three of the Diamondbacks' World Series-record 22 hits Saturday.
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PHOENIX -- It was inevitable.

This World Series has to go seven games. And it has to be a pair of 20-game winners, Curt Schilling versus Roger Clemens, in the finale.

"It's Roger Clemens and the Yankees, Game 7," Schilling said. "Anybody who's ever played this sport at any level has had a Wiffle ball in their hand at some point and said, 'It's the seventh game of the World Series and you're either pitching or hitting.' How cool is that?"

Randy Johnson and a revived Diamondbacks offense made it happen, crushing the Yankees 15-2 Saturday to force a Game 7 on Sunday at Bank One Ballpark.

If the Yankees are to repeat, they need to adjust to the heat.


Yankees 2 6 1
Diamondbacks 15 22 0
WP: Randy Johnson (2-0)
LP: Andy Pettitte (0-2)
SV: None

HR: None


Arizona Manager Bob Brenly, second-guessed most of the series, now looks like a genius. He inserted three right-handed bats against New York starter Andy Pettitte, sarcastically calling it an "offensive juggernaut of a right-handed lineup."

It was a juggernaut all right. The D-Backs pounded a World Series record 22 hits off four Yankee pitchers.

Danny Bautista, one of the right-handed inserts, drove in five runs and Tony Womack and Luis Gonzalez each had two RBIs. Reggie Sanders had four hits and every Arizona starter got a knock, even Johnson who hit a RBI single in the eight-run third.

"This was nice for a lot of different reasons but the primary reason is we had a lot of guys swinging the bats well right now," Brenly said.

The stadium music makers mocked the Yankees at the end of the game, starting the song "New York, New York," which is played at Yankee Stadium after every New York win, and then purposely scratching the record.

Someone will have to write a good Arizona theme song.

This game was almost a relief after back-to-back, extra inning affairs in New York. Well, maybe only to the folks holding tickets for Game 7.

In the five previous games this Series, the Diamondbacks totaled 19 runs. They nearly matched that, much to the delight of the 49,707 pom-poms wavers at the BOB, the stadium's largest crowd ever.

The Yankees, vying for their fourth consecutive World Championship and 27th overall, now must try to be the first team to win on the road in this Series. They also have to beat Schilling a third time. Neither task is easy.

The right-hander won Game 1 and should've won Game 4 except for closer Byung-Hyun Kim's two mistakes to Tino Martinez and Derek Jeter which resulted in New York's 4-3, 10 inning win.

The BOB fans chanted "We Want Kim" in the late innings. This lead was pretty safe.

This is the 34th time the Series has gone seven games and first since 1997 when Florida and Cleveland did so. It's also the 12th time the Yankees have gone the distance and first since 1964. In that matchup, Bob Gibson led St. Louis to victory, winning Games 5 and 7. He lost Game 2 to a young pitcher named Mel Stottlemyre, now the current Yankees pitching coach.

Stottlemyre's pupil, Clemens (1-1, 2.66 ERA), who won Game 3 in New York, will be facing his student, Schilling. The D-Backs right-hander credits a discussion with Clemens as helping him get his career on the right track.

"If the Lord had sat me down in January and asked me to script out a dream season, I could not have come up with this," Schilling said.

This will be the first time two 20-game winners have met in the Series' seventh game since 1985 when St. Louis' John Tudor faced Kansas City's Bret Saberhagen.

Yankees Manager Joe Torre didn't want to look ahead and before Saturday's game called it "Our Game 7." He was off by a day.

"We wanted it like it was a seventh (game) but we didn't have to deal with it as a seventh game," said Torre later, who even considered using a non-pitcher in mop up relief.

"This is one of those things you don't expect to happen and when it does, you turn the page," Torre said.

"It's a freak thing," Brenly said. "It's not going to happen all the time and it just means we won a ballgame tonight and forced Game 7. We're very grateful for that."

The momentum in this Series seems to shift every time they change sites. The Yankees tried to make the desert feel like home, bringing good luck charm and super fan New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Johnson (4-1), who held the Yankees to three hits in a complete game shutout in Game 2, did his job even if he wasn't as dominating. He gave up six runs over seven innings and struck out seven.

Torre had tinkered a little with his lineup against the Big Unit, deciding to keep lefty Martinez in. Martinez exited earlier than Johnson did.

Maybe all those white pompons inspired the D-Backs. Or the threat of going home a day early. Tony Womack bounced a ball over the right field fence for a ground rule double in the first off a 2-2 pitch from Pettitte and then scored as Bautista hit the next pitch for a single.

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Arizona loaded the bases with one out in the second on a single by Matt Williams, a double by Sanders and an intentional walk to Damian Miller. Williams was thrown out at home on Johnson's grounder to third baseman Scott Brosius but Womack followed with a single to score Sanders and Damian Miller, which Pettitte called the key hit of the game, and Arizona led 3-0. Bautista then singled, scoring Johnson to make it 4-0.

"When you've got Randy and he has a three-run lead (after Womack's hit), it takes all the pressure, everything off of him," Pettitte said. Then came the third. Pettitte walked Colbrunn to lead off, resulting in a visit from Stottlemyre. Williams doubled and Pettitte was gone.

Then things got out of control.

Jay Witasick gave up back to back RBI singles to Sanders and Bell to make it 6-0. Miller singled, Johnson singled to score Sanders, and Witasick then struck out Womack. Bautista hit a two-run single, Luis Gonzalez added a RBI double and Colbrunn punched a RBI single.

Then Williams collected his second double of the inning, driving in another run, to make it 12-0.

"These kind of games, over the course of a season and especially in the postseason, is an aberration," Brenly said.

Arizona gave Johnson a bigger cushion, adding three more runs in the fourth on a RBI double by Miller, which ended Witasick's outing, an error by Soriano and RBI single by Gonzalez off Randy Choate for a 15-0 lead.

The D-Backs total hits topped the old World Series record of 20 accomplished twice, in 1921 by the New York Giants and in 1946 by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pettitte (2-3) gave up seven hits over two plus innings, his shortest postseason outing since he was shelled in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series by Atlanta and departed after 2 1/3 innings.

"It's disappointing," Pettitte said. "I expected a lot more oupot of myself."

The Yankees did load the bases in the third but Johnson struck out Jorge Posada on 90 mph plus heat. New York finally broke through in the sixth with RBI singles by Shane Spencer and Luis Sojo.

Yes, Sojo. Torre took regulars Derek Jeter, Posada and Martinez out of the game after five innings.

Before the rout began, Torre talked eloquently about how the theme of this Series has been great pitching.

"This has been some classic stuff going on," Torre said.

Game 7 is on tap. Clemens, Schilling. Can't get any better than that.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com

Box score 2001 World Series - Game 6

Diamondbacks 15, Yankees 2

at Bank One Ballpark

FINAL

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 1
Diamondbacks 1 3 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 15 22 0
YANKEES POS AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG.
Chuck Knoblauch LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .059
Mike Stanton P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Derek Jeter SS 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .150
Enrique Wilson SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Bernie Williams CF 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 .250
Jorge Posada C 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .211
Todd Greene C 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .500
Shane Spencer RF 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 .235
Tino Martinez 1B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .176
Luis Sojo 1B 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .333
Alfonso Soriano 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .227
Scott Brosius 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .190
Andy Pettitte P 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
Jay Witasick P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Randy Choate P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
a- Clay Bellinger PH-LF 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000
Totals 33 2 7 2 3 9 13 -
a-struck out for Choate in the 7th.
Batting:
2B
- Greene (1, Johnson). RBI - Spencer (2), Sojo (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - Posada 2, Brosius 1.
GIDP - Greene.
Team LOB - 7.
Fielding:
E
- Soriano (2, ground ball).
Outfield assists - Knoblauch (Bautista at home).
DP: 1 (Soriano-Martinez-Jeter).
DIAMONDBACKS POS AB R H RBI BB K LOB AVG.
Tony Womack SS 6 2 3 2 0 1 3 .222
Danny Bautista CF 4 0 3 5 0 0 2 .667
a- Steve Finley PH-CF 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333
Luis Gonzalez LF 4 1 2 2 0 1 3 .273
David Dellucci PR-LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 .500
Greg Colbrunn 1B 5 2 2 1 1 1 3 .400
Matt Williams 3B 5 1 3 1 0 0 4 .273
Reggie Sanders RF 5 2 4 1 0 1 1 .304
Jay Bell 2B 5 2 1 1 0 1 4 .167
Damian Miller C 4 3 2 1 1 2 2 .154
Rod Barajas C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400
Randy Johnson P 4 2 1 1 0 1 5 .143
b- Erubiel Durazo PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .364
Bobby Witt P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 46 15 22 15 3 9 29 -
a-flied to center for Bautista in the 6th; b-struck out for Johnson in the 7th.
Batting:
2B
- Womack (2, Pettitte); Sanders (1, Pettitte); M Williams 2 (2, Pettitte, Witasick); Gonzalez (2, Witasick); Miller (1, Witasick).
RBI - Bautista 5 (6), Womack 2 (2), Sanders (1), Bell (1), Johnson (1), Gonzalez 2 (4), Colbrunn (1), M Williams (7), Miller (1).
2-out RBI - Womack 2, Bautista, Colbrunn, M Williams.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - Gonzalez 1, Sanders 1, M Williams 2.
GIDP
- Gonzalez.
Team LOB - 10.
Fielding:
DP:
1 (M Williams-Bell-Colbrunn).
YANKEES IP H R ER BB K PIT B-S BF HR ERA
Andy Pettitte (L, 0-2) 2 7 6 6 2 1 58 19-39 14

0

10.00
Jay Witasick 1.1 10 9 9 0 4 48 13-35 14 0 60.75
Randy Choate 2.2 4 0 0 0 1 34 7-27 13 0 2.45
Mike Stanton 2 1 0 0 1 3 33 14-19 8 0 3.60

Pitching:
Pettitte pitched to 2 batters in the 3rd.
WP - Witasick.
IBB - Miller (by Pettitte).
Ground balls-fly balls: Pettitte 5-0; Witasick 0-0; Choate 3-4; Stanton 1-2.

DIAMONDBACKS IP H R ER BB K PIT B-S BF HR ERA
Randy Johnson (W, 2-0) 7 6 2 2 2 7 101 37-64 29 0 1.13
Bobby Witt 1 0 0 0 1 1 16 6-10 3 0 0.00
Troy Brohawn 1 1 0 0 0 1 14 3-11 4 0 0.00

Pitching:
Ground balls-fly balls: Johnson 2-12; Witt 2-0; Brohawn 1-1.

Umpires: HP--Dana Demuth. 1B--Steve Rippley. 2B--Mark Hirschbeck. 3B--Dale Scott. LF--Ed Rapuano. RF--Jim Joyce.
Time: 3:33
Attendance: 49,707.
Weather: 91 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind: 5 mph, left to right.
BOX SCORE COURTESY OF SPORTSTICKER ENTERPRISES, L.P. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED