10/01/2003 3:50 PM ET
Marlins-Giants Game 2 awards
MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or, in this case, cable cars, in honor of San Francisco, and fish, in honor of those scrappy Marlins -- for performances in this year's National League Division Series.
By Mike Scarr / MLB.com
Florida evened the series in Game 2 by following Tuesday's tough, 2-0, loss with youth and exuberance in their 9-5 win on Wednesday. So order extra tartar sauce, we have a lot of fish.
One fish: Sorry, Charlie
Two fish: Nice minnow
Three fish: Happy as a clam
Four fish: Starfish
Five fish: Whale of a performance
Juan Pierre: From his position atop the Marlins' lineup, Pierre made himself useful on Wednesday, scoring three runs and driving in three by going 4-for-5. In the fourth, he chipped in with a stolen base and scored when the Marlins fought back from a three-run deficit, and his two-run double was the big blow in the sixth.
Marlins bullpen: McKeon used six relievers in Wednesday's win -- including starter Dontrelle Willis for a three-batter stretch -- but it was Carl Pavano, Chad Fox and Braden Looper who got the key outs. Pavano came on in the bottom of the fifth and escaped from a bases-loaded, one-out jam on a pair of popups with the Marlins trailing by a run. Fox came on to ring up the Giants with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh. Then, in the eighth, it was Looper's turn. He got two quick outs after the Giants had put two on with one down. Ugueth Urbina closed it out with a perfect ninth.
Jeff Conine: One of the heroes from the 1997 World Series champion Marlins, Conine scored twice on Wednesday and drove in a run and also singled twice. Both of his runs were part of the Marlins' two three-run rallies.
Juan Encarnacion: With the Giants nursing a 5-4 lead, Encarnacion drilled a pitch from Joe Nathan for a solo shot to left and a tie ballgame to kick-start the Marlins' sixth-inning rally.
Todd Hollandsworth: Hollandsworth came off the bench to bat in place of starter Brad Penny in the fifth. He singled to left and later scored on a groundout by Luis Castillo as the Marlins tied the game at 4.
One cable car: Stuck in Alcatraz
Two cable cars: Uphill climb
Three cable cars: San Francisco treat
Four cable cars: Golden (as in that bridge)
Five cable cars: Splash hit!
Edgardo Alfonzo: Alfonzo went 2-for-4 on Wednesday and played a big part in the Giants' three-run rally in the fourth, with a two-run double to left-center, and also scored a run on a groundout by Marquis Grissom.
Barry Bonds: The Giants' slugger walked twice, once intentionally, but also contributed with an RBI double in the first to tie the game at 1. Bonds also scored a run in the fourth, when the Giants rallied for three runs to take a brief 4-1 lead. In the second, Bonds flashed the leather with a sliding catch of a sinking liner by Alex Gonzalez to end the inning..
Marquis Grissom: The Giants' center fielder choked off a run in the sixth with a running catch of a sinking liner by Castillo after the Marlins had plated three. Grissom then fired a strike to Benito Santiago to easily nail Lenny Harris at home to end the inning.
Pedro Feliz: Pinch-hitting for Giants' starter Sidney Ponson in the bottom of the fifth, Feliz tripled to right-center, then scored on a single by J.T. Snow to put the Giants up, 5-4.
Giants defense: One of the better defenses in baseball helped the Marlins' effort. Jose Cruz Jr. misplayed the fly ball in the sixth by Pierre when he slipped, turning a sac fly into a two-run double. In the seventh, Snow let one through the five-hole on a sure groundout by Miguel Cabrera. Derrek Lee advanced to third on the play, and later scored on a fielder's choice by Conine.
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.