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Game 7 October 27, 2002
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Box Score | | Gameday
In end, Angels earn their rings

By Josh Rawitch /

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Giants were eight outs from taking home their first World Series in nearly half a century Saturday night, but the bullpen could not record those outs when it had to.

Sunday evening, with the season on the line, neither could Livan Hernandez.

The San Francisco starting pitcher retired just six Anaheim hitters and lost for the second time in the Fall Classic as the Anaheim Angels were crowned world champions following a 4-1 victory in the Series finale. The loss, compounded exponentially by the late-inning, five-run lead squandered Saturday, was the fourth in as many attempts for the Giants' franchise in winner-take-all contests.

"Your heart is heavy and your stomach is empty," said manager Dusty Baker minutes after he carried his sobbing 3-year old son, Darren, from the dugout. "Your head and your brains feel full right now. It's a very difficult time."

It took a heaven-sent blend of superb pitching, dazzling defense and timely hitting by the Angels, but stated simply, the Giants left their hearts in San Francisco. More >

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By Doug Miller /

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The ball jumped off Kenny Lofton's bat, sailed majestically through the Anaheim air, and ambled right to Darin Erstad.

It was the third out of the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World Series.

It was a moment the Angels' center fielder and clubhouse leader had envisioned since he was a boy on the fields of North Dakota.

It was, frankly, a little bit scary.

"When he hit it, I knew that it was my ball," Erstad said. "But I had to catch it and it seemed like the hardest catch of my life. I said to myself, 'Two hands, just like your dad taught you.'"

Erstad squeezed the ball like a diamond and the party began.

For the first time in baseball history, the Angels are world champions.  More >

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Anaheim Angels 4, San Francisco Giants 1
Lofton, CF 4000102.290
Aurilia, SS 4000021.250
Kent, 2B 4000020.276
Bonds, LF 3010100.471
Santiago, C 3120111.231
Snow, 1B 4030002.407
Sanders, RF 1001002.238
a-Goodwin, PH-RF 2000013.000
Bell, 3B 3000111.304
Feliz, DH 3000020.000
b-Shinjo, PH-DH 1000012.167
a-Struck out for Sanders in the 6th. b-Struck out for Feliz in the 9th.
2B: Snow (1, Donnelly).
RBI: Sanders (6).
SF: Sanders.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sanders, Goodwin 2, Lofton.
Team LOB: 9.
Outfield assists: Lofton (Eckstein at 2nd base).
DP: (Lofton-Kent).
Eckstein, SS 3110101.310
Erstad, CF 3110010.300
Salmon, RF 2100110.346
Ochoa, RF 0000000.000
Anderson, LF 4013002.281
Glaus, 3B 2000220.385
Fullmer, DH 4000003.267
Spiezio, 1B 3100102.261
Molina, B, C 3021002.286
Kennedy, 2B 3000012.280
2B: Molina, B 2 (2, Hernandez, Rueter), Anderson (1, Hernandez).
RBI: Molina, B (2), Anderson 3 (6).
2-out RBI: Molina, B.
S: Erstad.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kennedy, Molina, B, Eckstein.
Team LOB: 6.
Hernandez (L, 0-2) 2.044441014.29
Zerbe 1.00000003.00
Rueter 4.01001302.70
Worrell 1.00000103.18
Lackey (W, 1-0) 5.04111404.38
Donnelly (H, 1) 2.01001200.00
Rodriguez (H, 1) 1.00001302.08
Percival (S, 3) 1.01001103.00
Hernandez pitched to 5 batters in the 3rd.

IBB: Glaus (by Hernandez).
HBP: Salmon (by Hernandez).
Pitches-strikes: Hernandez 53-24, Zerbe 7-5, Rueter 63-35, Worrell 9-7, Lackey 86-56, Donnelly 30-21, Rodriguez 16-11, Percival 20-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Hernandez 1-4, Zerbe 3-0, Rueter 5-4, Worrell 1-1, Lackey 3-8, Donnelly 1-3, Rodriguez 0-0, Percival 1-1.
Batters faced: Hernandez 14, Zerbe 3, Rueter 14, Worrell 3, Lackey 20, Donnelly 8, Rodriguez 4, Percival 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Zerbe 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Crawford. 1B: Angel Hernandez. 2B: Tim Tschida. 3B: Mike Winters. LF: Mike Reilly. RF: Tim McClelland.
Weather: 64 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:16.
Att: 44,598.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner 

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