Power And Pettitte

The Marlins got to show the Yankees how they play baseball in game one and took home a win by playing little ball. Game two was the Yankees turn to show off their style, as the Bombers clubbed two big homeruns and Andy Pettitte pitched a gem. New York took the second game of the World Series by a final score of 6-1 as the series shifts gears and heads to Florida.

For the third straight series, Pettitte was given the ball after his team dropped the first game. For the third straight time, Pettitte delivered a victory for the Yankees. He was masterful on Sunday, allowing just a pair of infield singles and a walk going into the seventh inning.

In the seventh, Ivan Rodriguez laced a single to centerfield, but was caught in a double play when Miguel Cabrera grounded weakly to third base. Cabrera and Pudge both thought that the ball was fouled off the batter's leg, but the umpires disagreed and the Yanks turned an easy double play.

Pettitte pitched a perfect eighth inning and came out to start the ninth, working on a complete-game shutout. With two outs and Luis Castillo on first base, Cabrera rolled a ball to the left side of the infield. Aaron Boone cut in front of Derek Jeter to make the play, but botched it. A few pitches later, Derrek Lee singled to spoil the shutout and knock Pettitte out of the game.

Jose Contreras retired Mike Lowell on a fielder's choice to Boone to end the game and finalize the victory.

The Yankees meanwhile were sitting pretty with a six run lead. Hideki Matsui got the offense going with a monster homerun to the deepest part of centerfield in the bottom of the first inning.

After Alfonso Soriano led off the game with a walk – and yes, you read that correctly – Derek Jeter struck out swinging. Soriano was then caught stealing by Mark Redman for the second out. Jason Giambi was hit by a pitch and Bernie Williams singled to put two men on for Matsui, who launched his second homerun of the postseason.

The Yanks added another run in the next inning. Nick Johnson reached on a bunt single and scored on Juan Rivera's double to deep right-center. Rivera was thrown out at third on the play and Soriano struck out swinging to end that inning.

Soriano launched a two-run homerun to left field off of Rick Helling in the fourth inning to make the score 6-0.

Pettitte (3-0) won his third World Series victory and lowered his 2003 postseason ERA to 2.30 with a dazzling performance. The impending free agent went 8 2/3 innings and allowed just an unearned run on six hits and a walk. He fanned seven batters and threw just 111 pitches.

Florida starter Mark Redman (0-1) couldn't make it out of the third inning and took the loss. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in just 2 1/3 innings and struck out two batters. Helling relieved him and worked 2 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

Game three of the World Series will be on Tuesday in Pro Player Stadium at 8:32 pm. Mike Mussina will get the start for the Yanks, looking for his first win this postseason. Josh Beckett, the hero of the NLCS for the Marlins, will get the ball for Florida.

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