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10/19/2002 8:31 pm ET 
Bonds hits first World Series homer
By Josh Rawitch / MLB.com

Barry Bonds watches the flight of his home run against the Anaheim Angels in the first inning of Game 1 of the 2002 World Series. (Kevork Djansezian/AP)
ANAHEIM -- It did not take long for Barry Bonds to prove that he can handle any pressure that comes with playing in the World Series.

Bonds hit the fourth pitch of his first at-bat in the Fall Classic for a leadoff homer off Anaheim starter Jarrod Washburn in the second inning to give the Giants a 1-0 lead in Game 1 at Edison Field.

Washburn retired the Giants in order in the first, including strikeouts off Kenny Lofton and Jeff Kent on high fastballs. After he fell behind in the count on Bonds, 2-0, Washburn threw a third straight fastball that the slugger swung through, but his fourth heater -- a 90 mph pitch -- caught too much of the plate and Bonds pounced on it to become the 26th player to homer in his first World Series at-bat.

The last player to accomplish that feat was Andruw Jones, who went deep in his first at-bat in the 1996 World Series.

Back to WorldSeries.com Giants right fielder Reggie Sanders also homered in the second inning, his first of the postseason to give San Francisco an early 2-0 lead.

Josh Rawitch is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at jrawitch@sfgiants.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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