World Series Live: Game 2

ESPN.com identified the key moments in Game 2 with analysis from Jerry Crasnick.

Originally Published: October 19, 2003
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Follow along as ESPN.com identified the key moments in Game 2 and provided analysis from ESPN Insider Jerry Crasnick while the game was in progress:

FIRST INNING: Yankees 3, Marlins 0
WHAT HAPPENED:
Temperature of 48 degrees at game time. Luis Castillo gets an infield hit, but is thrown out on a failed hit-and-run. ... Alfonso Soriano draws a rare walk, before getting picked off. Hideki Matsui smashes a three-run homer over the 408-foot sign in center on a 3-0 pitch. Looks like both bullpens will get lots of work.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
First three hitters work Andy Pettitte to full counts. That could be a big factor late in the game with Pettitte going on three days' rest. ... The Yankees come out playing small-ball. Soriano shows patience in first at-bat, drawing a walk. The Yankees are trying to out-Marlin the Marlins. ... One scout said Mark Redman throws 86-87 mph and needs to be fine with his control. Likes to pitch inside, and is trying to establish that early. ... Redman falling behind hitters is a bad sign. ... Matsui gets green light and instantly changes momentum.
Does Godzilla like eating Marlins? I guess so!                       

--Jerre, Philly
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SECOND INNING: Yankees 4, Marlins 0
WHAT HAPPENED:
Pettitte sails through the inning with minimal work. ... Juan Rivera delivers an RBI double, but hesitated and was thrown out at third. Rick Helling warming up.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Pettitte was hurt in Game 6 against the Red Sox when Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez hit fly balls that took off in the wind. That's not a problem tonight with no wind after three fly balls in the second. ... Observation: It looks like Aaron Boone is no longer trying to pull everything. ... Nick Johnson gives the Yankees smart at-bats. Very intelligent. Saw Lowell playing back and put down an excellent bunt.
What is Cabrera doing in left? You gotta get to that ball.

--Carlos, New York
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THIRD INNING: Yankees 4, Marlins 0
WHAT HAPPENED:
Pettitte strikes out the side, another easy inning. ... Jack McKeon saw the Yankees get one too many good swings at Redman, who's lifted for Helling.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Pettitte looks sharper than he did in his Boston start. After a shaky first inning, he's jumping ahead of hitters. He struck out Juan Encarnacion and Alex Gonzalez with his signature pitch -- the cut fastball. When Pettitte is right he gets a lot of outs on pitches out of the strike zone. ... Redman having a flashback to his Tiger days, he's battling but has nothing to put away hitters. ... Good move bringing in Helling at this point. ... Castillo steals a hit from Matsui. It's hard to imagine a team having a better infield defense than the Marlins. ... Helling keeps it to 4-0 and the Marlins feel like they have to peck away with the top of the order coming up.
What's wrong with Redman? What was wrong with the Angola basketball team when they faced Jordan, Barkley, et. al.?

-- Tom, Connecticut
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FOURTH INNING: Yankees 6, Marlins 0
WHAT HAPPENED:
An inning-ending double play gets Pettitte off the mound quickly. ... Soriano back to his aggressive style. It pays off with a two-run bomb.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Pierre works harder on his bunting than any player in the big leagues. It showed in the fourth when he beat out a bunt even though the Yankees had to be expecting it. ... Boone prevented a possible big inning with a diving stop on a Castillo grounder. He's been inept at the plate, with the exception of the Game 7 homer in the ALCS, but at least he's not taking it onto the field. ... Helling, a Stanford alum, should be smart enough to wear a long sleeve shirt when it's 48 degrees. He should also know enough not to give Soriano anything to hit when it's 1-2.
You hang 'em, he bang 'em.                                                 

-- Jake, DC
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FIFTH INNING: Yankees 6, Marlins 0
WHAT HAPPENED:
The Marlins haven't threatened since the first inning. ... The Yankees go down in order for the first time in the game.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Pettitte is starting right-handed hitters off with the fastball, then he's burying them with cutters down at their feet. The thing is really moving tonight. ... It's 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth and Marlins have one runner left on base. Time for Tim McCarver to do hand puppets in the booth. ... Giambi, the consummate patient hitter, has swung at the first pitch his last two at-bats. Looks like he's trying to take a more aggressive mind-set to the plate. ... With the game close to being out of reach, Helling's job now is to suck up innings. The bullpens will also get extra rest with Monday off. ... Torre giving Zimmer instructions for a pizza run.
How come this series comes nowhere close to having the feel of a World Series?

-- Mike, NYC
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SIXTH INNING: Yankees 6, Marlins 0
WHAT HAPPENED:
Pettitte walks Encarnacion, then retires the next three hitters. Pettitte has six groundball outs in the last three innings. ... Chad Fox, the Marlins workhorse in the bullpen, enters for Helling.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
Pettitte strikes out Gonzalez with a fastball at the letters, one of his best of the night. He hasn't lost any velocity ... Posada thrown out at second stealing with a 6-0 lead. You have to think it was a hit and run to try and get Boone going. Boone was right when he said he "walked into" that Tim Wakefield knuckleball in Game 7. He's barely hit a hard foul other than that ball. Looks lost at the plate. ... Jack McKeon and Bob Sheppard have something in common: Neither can pronounce "Encarnacion."
Fox Promos 59, Celebrities 25, Yankees 6, Florida zip.

-- Shannon, Oswego IL
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SEVENTH INNING: Yankees 6, Marlins 0
WHAT HAPPENED:
Pettitte allowed a leadoff single to Pudge Rodriguez, but he was quickly erased on a double-play grounder. Carl Pavano entered the game for the Marlins and struck out the first two batters -- Soriano and Jeter -- and then allowed two baserunners before retiring Hideki Matsui on a groundball to second base.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
This has been a big statement game for Pettitte as he approaches free agency. Performances like this make it even tougher for the Yankees to not re-sign him in the offseason. McKeon is emptying out his bullpen. It's no big deal as the series doesn't resume until Tuesday. ... I bet Torre just sent bench coach Don Zimmer out on a pizza run. ... Jason Giambi -- the epitome of patience -- just swung at the first pitch for the third consecutive at-bat. He's hitting the ball hard tonight, which is a very good sign for the Yankees as they move on to Florida.
Down 6-0 in this game, why not leave Rick Helling in to eat some innings? Don't show Pavano if he will start later in the Series.

-- Jesse, ND
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EIGHTH INNING: Yankees 6, Marlins 0
WHAT HAPPENED:
Pettitte pitched a strong inning, and has thrown eight brilliant innings.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
With the Yankees taking control so early in this game, it really doesn't have a World Series feel to it here tonight. The crowd is starting to thin out, especially in the upper deck. ... Pettitte probably added an extra $10 million to his contract with his performance this postseason. ... I wonder if Steve Bartman is watching at home. ... Here's one for you: Jorge Posada is the only Yankee who doesn't have a hit tonight. He was even robbed by Luis Castillo on a groundball in the first inning.
Who should start Game 3 at first base? Johnson because he's better defensively and offensively right now, and Giambi can prove Torre wrong with a clutch hit off the bench.

-- Andrew, NJ
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NINTH INNING: Yankees 6, Marlins 1 (final)
WHAT HAPPENED:
Pettitte's shutout was lost as the Marlins scored a run in the inning on an RBI single by Derrek Lee. He was lifted for Jose Contreras with two outs in the ninth and runners on first and second. Contreras finished off the game by retiring Mike Lowell on a ground ball to Aaron Boone at third base.

JERRY CRASNICK SAYS:
The crowd just did an "Andy Pettitte" cheer to start the inning. ... Pierre and Castillo have a combined three hits in eight at-bats, but they've been a non-factor. It's hard to run when you're down 4-0 after two innings. ... Question for Jack McKeon: After two straight bad starts for Mark Redman, does he give Carl Pavano or even Dontrelle Willis a start in this series?
A couple more soft hits to third base, and this could be a real game ...

-- Josh, Minneapolis
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