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World Series 2001
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11/04/2001 12:05 AM ET awards cacti for Game 6
By Adam McCalvy
There would be no ninth inning magic for the Yankees on this night. The Diamondbacks bats made sure of that early Saturday evening. With the ghosts of Yankee Stadium clear across the country, Bank One Ballpark was home to a good old Wild West rout, and Arizona forced a decisive Game 7 in the desert.

One cactus: You are vulture bait
Two cactuses: Umm, yes, that crystal pool is a mirage.
Three cactuses: You have a mouthful of cactus juice, but your face is killing you.
Four cactuses: You have a full water canteen, SPF-60 sunblock and a slick pair of Ray-Bans.
Five cactuses: Lawrence of Arabia has nothing on you.


Arizona offense
Through just three innings, 12 runs had scored on 15 hits -- 10 singles and five doubles. Every D-Backs hitter -- including starting pitcher Johnson -- had at last one hit. Every D-Backs hitter but Danny Bautista had crossed home plate at least once and four players had already scored twice. Every D-Backs hitter but Damian Miller had driven in at least one run, and four had driven in more than one. It became very clear, very early, that there would be a Game 7.

Danny Bautista
With southpaw Pettitte on the mound, Bautista started in center in place of left-handed hitting Steve Finley and had an outstanding evening. He finished 3-for-4 and drove in five runs -- all in the game's first four frames.

Randy Johnson
Because of the offensive onslaught, the Big Unit will be a side story in the Sunday papers. But he was as dominant as you'd expect, allowing only two runs on six hits while striking out seven in seven innings. Will Bob Brenly bring him into Game 7 if the D-Backs need to get a left-hander out late in the game?

Bob Brenly
A manager can't hit for his players. He can't field for his players. He can't pitch for his players. But he can motivate them, and Brenly no doubt did that, helping Arizona overcome two straight improbable defeats in Games 4 and 5 to rout the Yankees in Game 6 and force the decider on Sunday.

BOB Music Man
After the last out was recorded in a 15-2 Diamondbacks win at Bank One Ballpark, someone decided it would be funny to play the first few bars of "New York, New York" -- a Yankee Stadium tradition. Sounded to me like the kind of bulletin board material that can backfire.


Andy Pettitte
Andy was definitely not dandy on this night. In the shortest outing of his long postseason career, the Yankees southpaw surrendered six runs on seven hits and dropped to 0-2 in this World Series.

Jay Witasick
Jay was sick after this one. Handed the ball with no outs in the third and the D-Backs on the verge of a big inning and told, "put out this fire," all he did was fan the flames. In 1 1/3 nightmarish innings he allowed 10 hits and nine runs -- all earned -- and walked off with a World Series ERA of 60.25. His saving grace? All four outs Witasick recorded were via the strikeout, though one of those reached first after a third-strike wild pitch.

Roger Clemens
He faces the task of facing the D-Backs in Game 7, after Pettitte was snake bitten in Game 6. The Rocket hopes Arizona used up all its offensive pop on Saturday.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for based in Milwaukee, which for 20 years was the baseball home of Hall of Famer Robin Yount, who got some nice face time during the FOX broadcast Saturday night.