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World  Series
10/21/2002 00:23 am ET 
MLB.com rates the performances
By Jim Molony / MLB.com

MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or, in this case, Trolley Cars, to represent the Giants, and Rally Monkeys, in honor of the Anaheim's celebrity primate -- for performances in the 2002 World Series.
Angels

One monkey: You're stuck working for a non-union organ grinder
Two monkeys: Zoo life. Plenty of bananas, not much excitement
Three monkeys: More fun than a barrel of ... well, you know
Four monkeys: Thump that chest, you're king of the jungle


Tim Salmon: Something of a goat in after his hitless performance in Game 1, Salmon was "King" this time, going 4-for-4 with two homers, a walk and four RBIs. The veteran right fielder capped the biggest game of his life with a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth that proved to be the game winner.


Francisco Rodriguez: On a night when most pitchers looked like Goofy, K-Rod epitomized pitching perfection. The 20-year-old faced nine Giants and retired them all on four strikeouts (three swinging), three ground balls and two pop-ups to earn the victory, his fifth of the postseason.


Troy Percival: Gave up a ninth-inning solo home run to Barry Bonds, but did not allow any other damage to nail down the save in a game the Angels had to win.


Kevin Appier: Staked to a five-run lead in the first inning, Appier held it for just one out, as San Francisco scored four times before the right-hander recorded the second out of the second.


Bengie Molina: Another day, another O-fer for Bengie Molina, who stranded a trio of runners in an 0-for-4 night. If you're counting, that's five base runners the Angels catcher has left on, including three in scoring position. Molina is 0-for-7 in the series.

Giants

One cable car: Standing in a long line waiting for your turn
Two cable cars: Packed with tourists, but enjoying the ride
Three cable cars: Climbing halfway to the stars
Four cable cars: Atop Nob Hill, and you get to ring the bell


Reggie Sanders: Like many tourists, when Sanders goes to Disneyland, he likes to do it all in a couple of days. After going 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk in Game 1, the Giants right fielder hit a three-run homer on Sunday night and finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a stolen base. OK, he did have that baserunning rock in the fourth inning and struck out with the go-ahead run on third in the fifth, but nobody's perfect.


Barry Bonds: Even in defeat, it's hard to overlook baseball's best hitter. Bonds walked three times, scored three runs and hit one of the longest home runs in World Series history to give Troy Percival and the Angels a scare in the ninth inning.


Bottom half of the order: The sixth-through-ninth hitters -- J.T. Snow, Reggie Sanders, David Bell and Shawon Dunston -- accounted for 89 percent of the Giants offense. The four were a combined 7-for-16, with two homers and eight RBIs. The top five in the Giants order managed two RBIs and just five hits.


Chad Zerbe: Should get a Best Supporting Cast nomination, after holding down the Angels while the Giants climbed out of a 5-0 hole en route to a 9-7 lead. The lefty came on in the second and pitched four solid innings, allowing two runs (one scored after he had left the game) on four hits and retiring seven of the first eight batters he faced.


Russ Ortiz: Perhaps the worst performance in a marquee event this town has witnessed since Sofia Coppola in Godfather III. At least Coppola's role lasted until the climax. Ortiz gave up five runs in the first inning, and seven in all, before Giants manager Dusty Baker mercifully lowered the curtain on his abysmal evening with two outs in the second. In his last two postseason starts, Ortiz is 0-1 with a 18.47 ERA and has allowed 13 runs and 14 hits in 6.1 innings.

Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com. He can be reached at mlbmolony@aol.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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