PHOENIX – Pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling insist the Arizona Diamondbacks are more than a two-man team.
Try convincing the New York Yankees of that.
Johnson outdid Schilling's performance in the opener, throwing a three-hitter for a 4-0 win Sunday night that gave Arizona a two-games-to-none lead in the baseball World Series.
"I got to enjoy the game last night, watching Curt pitch," Johnson said. "It was nice, obviously, to take two ballgames, but this is far from over."
The defending three-time champion Yankees looked lost in the desert, wobbling out of Arizona with a total of six hits and a team batting average of .102.
"This was one of those games where we were just dominated," said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, 0-for-7 so far. "They're not just pitching well against me. They were pitching well against everyone."
Now, New York must count on a return to Yankee Stadium to close the gap. The next matchup is in the Yankees' favor -- Brian Anderson, shaky all season, starts for Arizona against 20-game winner Roger Clemens on Tuesday night.
The Diamondbacks had banked on their 1-2 punch of Schilling and Johnson putting them ahead at Bank One Ballpark. Probably no one, however, imagined they would make the Yankees look so feeble.
Pitching for the first time in the World Series, Johnson put on perhaps his finest performance in fanning 11. And this from a three-time Cy Young winner, a strikeout ace with a no-hitter to his credit.
"He was terrific. He lived up to what he's supposed to be," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "The axiom has never changed -- good pitching stops good hitting. And that's what we've seen."
Johnson pitched the first complete-game shutout in the Series since Schilling did it in 1993 for Philadelphia. Schilling combined with two relievers on a three-hitter Saturday night in a 9-1 romp.
While Game 1 was a rout, this one was tight until Matt Williams hit a game-breaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning off Andy Pettitte.
"We have a lot of unsung heroes on this team," Johnson said.
The Yankees, meanwhile, hope some of their stars can start hitting.
New York rallied from an 0-2 deficit in the 1996 World Series to beat Atlanta in six games, beginning their run of four crowns in five years.
But not even the Braves could boast of a tandem like Johnson and Schilling.
Williams became the first player to hit Series homers for three teams, having done it for San Francisco and Cleveland. His wife, actress Michelle Johnson, was in the stands to cheer his latest shot.
Earlier this month, the slumping Williams was booed at home during the playoffs.
"As I told you guys two weeks ago, it's nothing that a couple of hits won't take care of," he said.