TORONTO -- There was no mystery about the key play in Game 2 of the World Series. The three-run home run by Jim Eisenreich that capped a five-run third inning by the Phillies established the tone of the game early.
The circumstances surrounding the game-breaker were what made it unusual. Eisenreich, a left-handed batter, is not considered a home-run threat, and right-hander Dave Stewart has been a master in avoiding the big inning.
Stewart had given up two runs on flared singles by John Kruk and Dave Hollins. With runners on second and third and one out, Stewart had an open base and right-handed batting Pete Incaviglia on deck. He had also been struggling, however, with his control (Lenny Dykstra and Mariano Duncan walked to start the inning).