10/23/2002 02:23 am ET
MLBeat: Relievers get action
Scioscia honored by peers with Sporting News award
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brendan Donnelly will be the first one to tell you that he's not pitching particularly well this postseason.
But Tuesday night in Game 3 of the World Series, he fooled everyone in America by pitching two scoreless innings of relief and making starter Ramon Ortiz's five-inning, four-run effort hold up.
The Angels went on to win, 10-4, and take a 2-1 lead in the Series, and nobody was happier about it than Donnelly.
"I haven't had my best stuff, and I think it's because maybe I'm trying too hard," Donnelly said. "I haven't brought my best stuff yet, but two zeroes is two zeroes, and that's huge in the World Series."
Donnelly, a 31-year-old rookie with 10 years of minor league ball under his belt, got through the sixth inning with a walk, a popout and two flyouts. In the seventh, he got Rich Aurilia on a flyout to center and then retired Jeff Kent on a deep flyout to center.
How deep was it?
"I thought for sure Kent hit that out," Donnelly said. "I mean, I'm not making real good pitches right now and I was sure he got it. I told him as he was running past me that I thought he got it. With me right now, my outfielders are gonna run it down or it's over the fence. But we're in the World Series and outs are outs."
Left-handed reliever Scott Schoeneweis had a smile of agreement on his face when he was asked about his two scoreless innings Tuesday.
Schoeneweis, who has been used lightly this postseason, mostly as a specialist to retire left-handed batters, said it felt good to let it fly for an extended amount of time.
"I'm glad I got the opportunity to pitch," Schoeneweis said. "They have a good offense, and you never know what could happen, especially after Game 2 (when the Giants scored 10 runs)."
Schoeneweis was impressive, giving up one hit but closing the game with a flourish, striking out Ramon Martinez, getting Kenny Lofton to fly out to center, then punching out Aurilia to end the game.
"I hadn't thrown in a while," Schoeneweis said. "So it was nice to feel like a big part of the team again."
Scioscia honored: The first award for the Anaheim Angels' surprise season was announced Tuesday, and Mike Scioscia was the recipient.
Scioscia was named The Sporting News American League Manager of the Year for leading the Angels to a 99-63 record and the AL Wild Card berth in his third season as manager. Bobby Cox of Atlanta was named NL manager of the year.
According to TSN writer Ken Rosenthal, the award was voted on by the other AL managers, so Scioscia was selected by his peers.
As he has all season, Scioscia deflected the praise to his ballplayers.
"It's an obvious reflection on the success of these guys on the field," Scioscia said. "I'm proud not as an individual but because this whole thing reflects on our guys."
Scioscia orchestrated the best season in Anaheim history by staying calm during the team's worst start ever, a slide that had them at 6-14 after the first 20 games. Still, he refused to take any personal credit for the turnaround.
"It wasn't about me," he said. "It was about the organization as a whole, and it's great to see that our organization gets the recognition it deserves when awards like this are given out."
Candlestick North: Scioscia, a longtime Los Angeles Dodgers catcher, was greeted with cries of, "Once a Dodger, always a Dodger," from Giants diehards lining the warning track as he entered the playing field before Tuesday's game.
Once outside, standing in the low-50s weather, rolling fog, and patented Bay Area mist, Scioscia couldn't help but be reminded of the frigid days he experienced as a player when he would travel to play the Giants at Candlestick Park.
"I think it's tough to have just one memory of Candlestick other than the crazy crap," Scioscia said. "The atmosphere of the fans was incredible. I mean, it was electric. Sometimes it really was electric if some batteries came at you."
"But I think the weather, your memories are the weather. It was incredible, I mean, at Candlestick, from the time we took batting practice, it would be beautiful, 70 degrees. We'd go in for a half-hour, a little after 6 o'clock, we'd come back out for the game and you thought you walked into the Twilight Zone. It felt like it was 30 degrees below zero with the wind chill and everything."
Tommy John for Fasano? Catcher Sal Fasano, who was a September call-up with the Angels after being acquired in the Jorge Fabregas-for-Alex-Ochoa deal with Milwaukee on July 31 and went straight to Triple-A Salt Lake, tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow three weeks ago and is considering Tommy John surgery in the offseason.
If Fasano opts for the surgery, he would miss all of next season. He said he'll see how it feels in January and proceed from there.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.