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10/29/2001 12:16 AM ET
The rundown of Game 2
By Dinn Mann
MLB.com
The Big Unit struck out seven of the first nine batters he faced.
Postgame press conferences:
300k | Audio
Game 2 highlights: 56k | 300k

Pregame
Two left-handers, Andy Pettitte of the Yankees and Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks, are on center stage tonight. New York trails in the series, one game to none. Game 2 at Bank One Ballpark, the Bob, figures to be close. But then, the opener shaped up that way as well. Curt Schilling held up his end of the bargain, delighting the desert crowd. Mike Mussina was disappointing, but so were his teammates. There were errors by third baseman Scott Brosius and right fielder Dave Justice, who struck out three times. Take nothing away from the Diamondbacks, sure, but understand they scored five unearned, two-out runs in the 9-1 victory. The plot thickens this evening. As a neutral baseball fan on this matchup, I personally can't decide what outcome in Game 2 better assures us of a long World Series. So we turn to the history books. The Diamondbacks want to win it in four. The Yankees want to win it in five. Both teams are taking it one game at a time. Blah. Blah. Blah. I'm stalling here as information is dug up in the MLB.com media room. OK, here you go. Six of the last 20 World Series have reached seventh (game) heaven: Cardinals-Brewers in 1982, Royals-Cardinals in '85, Mets-Red Sox in '86, Twins-Cardinals in '87, Twins-Braves in '91 and Marlins-Indians in '97. Four of them started out 2-0, with two of those 2-0 head-starters (the Cardinals of '85 and Red Sox of '86) losing the Series. On deck is the first pitch in '01. And that's what matters most. Look here for descriptions and accounts every three outs. E-mail has arrived from China, Hawaii, Japan, Australia and, yes, from my Mom in Tennessee. Thanks for following along.

Top 1
The legendary Ray Charles has just sung "America The Beautiful," and America became even more gorgeous as he performed. So the clocks have been turned back in most of the country. There's no truth to the rumor that Arizona's lack of a time change confused the Yankees and prevented them from showing up in time for this World Series. Commissioner Bud Selig, sporting a bit of a wind-blown look under the open-convertible roof at the BOB, has made on-field presentations to Curt Schilling (Roberto Clemente Award for civic responsibility balanced with on-field success) and Rickey Henderson (lifetime achievement). And we're ready to roll. At least, Randy Johnson is. The game begins with Johnson pitching to Chuck Knoblauch. Edge: Johnson. Knoblauch strikes out on four pitches. The next batter, Randy Velarde (first baseman and a right-handed hitter), hits a little chopper toward the mound. Johnson fields it and flings a hard, low throw to first in time for the out. Two down. Derek Jeter is batting third on Joe Torre's lineup card. The crowd gets loud as Jeter is down 0 and 2 in the count. Johnson's next pitch, clocked at 97 mph, is way inside. The 6-foot-10 left-hander delivers another inside offer to even the count. One foul ball later, Jeter strikes out on a foul tip of a low pitch. Three outs.
Yankees 0, Diamondbacks on deck

Bottom 1
The Yankees have won 11 of Andy Pettitte's last 12 postseason starts. Tony Womack begins with a bunt, trying to catch Pettitte & Co. off guard. Nice try. Pettitte fields the ball, and his throw beats the speedy shortstop, Womack, to the bag. The next batter is Craig Counsell. Another intimidating Pettitte fact: He is 2-0 in career World Series road starts with a 0.00 ERA in 22 2/3 innings. Counsell strikes out on three pitches, swinging for strike three at a pitch upstairs. Luis Gonzalez is hitter No. 3 against the New York left-hander. Three pitches later, Gonzalez is down on strikes, also swinging. Pettitte whistles through the first by throwing eight pitches, all for strikes. We're seeing some serious stuff tonight.
Yankees 0, Diamondbacks 0

Top 2
Bernie Williams leads off the second against Randy Johnson. With a 2-and-2 count, the Yankee center fielder takes a ball inside. The full-count offer is called strike three, a slider that's borderline in its location. One out. Williams is not happy and stops to talk to the umpire (Mark Hirschbeck), presumably not to get his address for holiday greeting cards. Jorge Posada, the New York catcher, is next in the batter's box. He works the count to 2-2. Johnson records his fourth strikeout, this one on a swing at a nasty slider. Two down. Shane Spencer, the sixth straight righty in the order, grounds to third baseman Matt Williams.
Yankees 0, Diamondbacks 0

Bottom 2
Andy Pettitte tries to pick up where he left off. A question was posed earlier today by the boss. My boss. Not George Steinbrenner, The Boss. The question? Has Pettitte been a phenomenal stopper after Yankee losses in postseason play? The answer? In six postseason starts following Yankee defeats, Pettitte is 2-2 with two no-decision performances. The Yanks are 4-2 in those games. His streak of consecutive strikes to start the game in this one ends at nine. It's 1-1 to Reggie Sanders, who swings and misses at the next pitch. On 1 and 2, Pettitte doesn't get the call on an off-speed pitch that danced around the outside corner. Sanders next gets his third hit of the World Series with a grounder (fielded by Derek Jeter) deep in the hole between short and third. No throw. Danny Bautista capitalizes on the infield hit, drilling Pettitte's next pitch for an RBI shot to the wall in right-center. The ball is relayed home by second baseman Alfonso Soriano, late and up the third-base line, and Bautista has made it all the way to third (it's ruled a double). Matt Williams is the next Arizona hitter. He grounds out to third, also a first-pitch swing. Mark Grace is up. The infield is in. Grace slaps a grounder right at Soriano, the second baseman, and Bautista is a dead duck at the plate. Soriano's throw is perfect. The Yankees might escape with just one run allowed, this after a nobody-out, man-on-third situation. Catcher Damian Miller of Arizona grounds into a 5-4 fielder's choice to retire the side.
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0
Bautista's RBI double: 56k | 300k

Top 3
Randy Johnson, the 38-year-old strikeout slinger, goes up against No. 7 hitter Alfonso Soriano, a 23-year-old second baseman. Speaking of age, a lot has been said about the Diamondbacks' ancient All-Stars. Here are the facts. The average age for the 25 players on Arizona's World Series roster is 32.4. The number for the Yankees: 31.6. The D-Backs have 18 players who are 30 or older. The Yankees have 17. So there. "If he keeps throwing like this, nobody's going to get a hit," FOX's Tim McCarver says as Soriano strikes out swinging on a 3-2 pitch. One out. Scott Brosius is next in the batter's box. He quickly falls behind, 1 and 2, to Johnson. A called strikeout near the inside corner leaves Brosius shaking his head. Johnson is shown in an interview, wearing a Metallica hat. That band plays the theme song of another K king in this Series, New York's Mariano Rivera ("Enter Sandman"). The next strikeout, Johnson's seventh in nine hitters faced, is as predictable as heat in the Phoenix summer. Pitching counterpart Andy Pettitte strikes out looking at a 94 mph pitch, the third delivery in an unfair confrontation. What's the record for strikeouts in a World Series game? Seventeen, by St. Louis' Bob Gibson against the Tigers in 1968.
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0

Bottom 3
Andy Pettitte gets to pay back Randy Johnson now, pay him back for that three-pitch strikeout that ended the top of the third. Pettitte retires Johnson on three pitches, the third of which is grounded to short for an easy out. More info on Pettitte in those rare defeat-following appearances in a Yankee uniform: In the '99 League Championship Series, following a 13-1 Red Sox triumph, Pettitte pitched New York to a 9-2 victory. Another: In last year's AL Division Series, Pettitte pitched the Yankees to a 4-0 stuffing of Oakland in Game 2 (the A's had won Game 1, 5-3). Tonight, Pettitte is down, 1-0, on the scoreboard. He gets his third strikeout of the night, one of the swinging variety against Tony Womack. Same thing happens to Craig Counsell, who waves at a tantalizing offer that drifts low and away.
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0,

Top 4
Left fielder Chuck Knoblauch leads off the fourth with a long flyout to left. He got under it a little too much, just missing a potential game-tying opportunity. The No. 2 hitter in the order, Randy Velarde, proves Randy Johnson isn't perfect by drawing a four-pitch walk. Man on first, one out. Derek Jeter is the batter. He smacks a hard grounder toward left but fielded a couple steps over by Tony Womack. The Arizona shortstop briefly has trouble removing the ball from his glove, but he gets the ball to second in time for the force on Velarde. A hard slide by Velarde sends him flying past the bag, where he would have been tagged out, presumably, if the throw had been late. With Jeter on first and a 2-2 count, Bernie Williams swings at a high pitch, fouling it back. Jeter was trying to steal second on that delivery and had a nice jump toward second. The next pitch, near the inside corner, is called ball three. Full count. Williams grounds out on a two-hop chop, short to first.
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0

Botttom 4
Luis Gonzalez leads off the home half of the fourth with a swinging strikeout, Andy Pettitte's fifth K of the night. The next batter, Reggie Sanders, pops up harmlessly in fair territory to first baseman Randy Velarde on a 1-0 pitch. The Diamondbacks go down quietly; their ninth hitter retired in a row is Danny Bautista (the man with the one RBI of the game) on a pop to shallow right. Alfonso Soriano makes the catch, sending the hitless Yankees to the plate.
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0

Top 5
Jorge Posada erases any thoughts of a Randy Johnson no-hitter with a third-pitch single to right, a sharply hit line drive into the right-field grass. The next batter, Shane Spencer, gets out front, 2 and 0. On 2-1 (after a foul out of play), Spencer swings through a smoking slider for strike two, then strikes out on a checked-swing sizzler through the zone. One out. Alfonso Soriano is up. Soriano is down, 0 and 2 in the count. The crowd smells strikeout No. 9. So does Johnson. He gets it on a 93-mph slider that stays up and away. Posada has not moved. Scott Brosius flies out to left. Posada moves toward the dugout for his catching gear.
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0

Bottom 5
Matt Williams leads off against Andy Pettitte with a slap of a hanging off-speed pitch at the letters into left field for a single. Mark Grace is next, with his 35-year-old teammate on first. Grace strikes out on three pitches, swinging awkwardly at the sensational strike three. It is remarked that Williams, taking a short lead from first, looks like a young version of Grandpa Munster from a distance. Catcher Damian Miller grounds into an easy 5-4-3 double play: Scott Brosius to Alfonso Soriano to Randy Velarde.
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0

Top 6
What's the last time the Yankees were shut out in a World Series game? On Oct. 21, 1996, the Braves' Greg Maddux shut out New York, 2-0, in Game 2 at Yankee Stadium. It put the Yankees in a zero-games-to-two hole. They won the Series in six. Andy Pettitte leads off the inning against Randy Johnson by trying for a bunt single to the third-base side. Matt Williams charges in to make a solid play, throwing out Pettitte by a half-step. Chuck Knoblauch is the next batter. The Yankees' top three hitters Saturday night were 0 for 11. Tonight, they're 0 for 6 (counting Knoblauch's feeble, blooping out to short here in the top of the sixth). Nobody on, two outs. Randy Velarde is at the plate. He had a .452 career average against Johnson (19 for 42) entering the game. Velarde grounds out to third in this at-bat, meaning No. 3 hitter Derek Jeter will lead off the seventh for New York.
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0

Bottom 6
Randy Johnson strikes out, looking like he's facing himself (especially on a clumsy cut at strike two), on three wicked pitches by Andy Pettitte. One out. Tony Womack taps out to third baseman Scott Brosius, who moves over toward short to snag the grounder. The grand total of pitches called out of the strike zone tonight for Pettitte: 11. Craig Counsell grounds out to second, putting the ball in play for the first time in the game (as pointed out by Joe Buck in the FOX booth).
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0

Top 7
Derek Jeter takes on the man in the black glove, Randy Johnson, to open the seventh. Three pitches later, he's out on a roller to Matt Williams at third. Bernie Williams, the clean-up hitter, has the dirty job of batting with the bases empty against the Big Unit. The count goes to 2 and 1. The next pitch, near the low-inside portion of the zone, is called strike two. It's too close to take, even though Williams disagrees. On Johnson's 85th pitch of the night, Williams grounds out sharply to Matt Williams, who goes to his left to make the play (his fifth assist of the night). Johnson has one postseason shutout in his career, Game 1 of this year's NLCS against the Braves. He has a total of two complete games in his postseason career, one of which was a loss to Baltimore in the 1997 ALDS. Jorge Posada grounds out to short, taking us to the seventh-inning stretch.
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0

Seventh-inning stretch
Emmylou Harris sings "God Bless America," her voice crackling spectacularly in the desert air.
Diamondbacks 1, Yankees 0

Bottom 7
Andy Pettitte greets the dangerous Luis Gonzalez (57 home runs this season) with a 1-2 count, then, attempting to work him inside, hits him with a pitch. Gonzalez goes to first and is checked out by the trainer and by the manager, Bob Brenly. Gonzalez is the second base runner for Arizona since Danny Bautista's RBI double in the second. Reggie Sanders is up and ahead in the count, 2 and 0. Big pitch. Sanders pounds a pitch toward third baseman Scott Brosius, who bobbles it ever-so-briefly, but fires to second to try starting a 5-4-3 double play. But thanks to the bobble, a hard slide by Gonzalez, a high throw to first by Alfonso Soriano and Sanders' speed, the Diamondbacks have a one-out, man-on-first situation for Bautista, a right-handed-hitter playing against the southpaw, Pettitte, while center fielder Steve Finley sits this one out. On a 1-2 pitch, Bautista belts one back up the middle; it ricochets off Pettitte's right leg (above the knee) and over to no-man's land between short and third. That puts runners on first and second with one out. Matt Williams is up. Pettitte checks out fine on a visit to the mound by the trainer, Gene Monahan. Williams is pleased with the diagnosis, obviously, stepping perfectly into Pettitte's second pitch to him, on 0-1, for a no-doubt-about-it home run to left. This is the same Matt Williams who was booed by Phoenix fans earlier this postseason. Boo this. Williams has made it a four-run Arizona lead. Now he's taking a curtain call, briefly, during a standing ovation. Mark Grace grounds out to second. Damian Miller strikes out, swinging, a three-pitch K. But the fans are still frenzied, applauding mightily.
Diamondbacks 4, Yankees 0

Top 8
Left-handed Yankees Paul O'Neill, David Justice and Tino Martinez can only sit and watch. They aren't playing because Randy Johnson, the most feared left-hander in the game, is absolutely brilliant against left-handed batters. I call them batters intentionally, because they aren't really hitters when it's Johnson on the mound. Case in point: Left-handed batters batted .196 against Johnson this season (only 127 at-bats from that side against him in 34 starts). Let's see how the right-handers at the bottom of the New York order do in their third time to face him. Shane Spencer, playing right field, fights off a slider for a single to right field. Alfonso Soriano is next. Byung-Hyun Kim is shown warming up in the bullpen. Will the Yankees GET to face him? Maybe. Soriano sends a hard-hit single to left. Two on, nobody out. Just when you think Johnson might be near the end of his outing, he gets Scott Brosius rung up on a fastball near the inside corner at the knees. Brosius has a beef with the call, expressing it as he leaves the batter's box and, later, from the dugout as Luis Sojo bats, pinch-hitting for Andy Pettitte. He has a 1-2 count and a career .167 average against Johnson. And now he has the memory of a 5-4-3 double-play groundout against him. Sojo and the Yankees are three outs away from a day off and a deficit that will pack talk-radio lines and tabloids with doubt.
Diamondbacks 4, Yankees 0

Bottom 8
FOX shares a dugout conversation between Bob Brenly and Randy Johnson. Does Johnson, due to bat first here in the bottom of the eighth, want to close out this game (his first in a World Series) himself? What do you think? He has thrown 98 pitches. The answer is yes. Johnson grounds out to short against new New York pitcher Mike Stanton, who, with the work here, has broken Rollie Fingers' record for career relief appearances (this is Stanton's 17th) in World Series play. Tony Womack grounds out to second. Craig Counsell flies out to left.
Diamondbacks 4, Yankees 0

Top 9
Randy Johnson has rewritten his postseason reputation in just four starts this October. If he holds on here with a shutout, he will be 3-1 with a 1.36 ERA this postseason. Prior to this run, he was 2-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 60 2/3 playoff innings of work. The last complete-game shutout in a World Series, coincidentally, was put together by Curt Schilling (Johnson's equally effective Diamondback teammate now) in 1993 for the Phillies against the Blue Jays. Johnson retires Chuck Knoblauch (now 0 for 8 in this World Series) on a flyout just short of the track in right. The last complete-game shutout by a left-hander in a World Series was recorded by John Tudor of the Cardinals in 1985 against the Royals. Here in the present, Randy Velarde tries to check a swing against Johnson but is called out on strikes, the 11th strikeout for Johnson. Derek Jeter bats. New York will be different, you just know it. But different enough to change this? Different enough for New York to rediscover its prowess? Jeter lines out to Craig Counsell at second. Game 2 is over. It's the second consecutive mismatch in favor of the upstart Diamondbacks, in favor of the desert dwellers, a franchise in its fourth year of existence. It was randy johnson, lower-case version, before this October. It's RANDY JOHNSON now. johnson and JOHNSON. The deficit for the back-to-back-to-back World Champs is zero games to two. Right now, that deficit is the size of the Grand Canyon.
Diamondbacks 4, Yankees 0
Diamondbacks lead series, 2-0

Dinn Mann is editor-in-chief of MLB.com. Send questions, comments and suggestions to dinn.mann@mlb.com.