10/23/2002 00:25 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.
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
Darin Erstad: Who says Nebraska's offense is dead? Cornhusker alum Erstad had three hits in Game 3 and is hitting .375 (6-for-16) for the series.
Bengie Molina: Molina was finally heard from, snapping his 0-for-7 streak with a vengeance. The Angel catcher reached base all five times he came to the plate, with two hits and three walks. Also drove in a run, scored a run and called an excellent game.
Bullpen: Brendan Donnelly pitched two hitless innings, and Scott Schoeneweis followed with two scoreless innings to help the Angels stay in command of Game 3 and the series.
Scott Spiezio: Reached base his first three times up with a walk, a triple and a single and drove in a game-high three runs. Hitless in his last three at-bats.
Ramon Ortiz: Wasn't particularly impressive, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks in five innings. On the other hand, Ortiz did outpitch Livan Hernandez and was good enough to keep his team in front and get the win.
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
Barry Bonds: With his fifth-inning home run, Bonds became the first player to hit home runs in each of his first three World Series games. The two-run shot cut Anaheim's lead in half and gave Bonds the Major League record with seven home runs in a single postseason. Also reached base in three of four plate appearances and walked twice to give him 20 for the postseason.
Rich Aurilia: Virtually missing in action in Anaheim, where he went 1-for-9, the Giants shortstop broke out the bat at Pacific Bell with a 2-for-5 night, including a home run to spark a three-run fifth inning.
Kenny Lofton: Walked and scored a run in the first inning, then went for garlic fries. Not really, but Lofton might as well have, for all he contributed, offensively. He finished 0-for-4 and is now 1-for-13 for a team-worst .077 World Series batting average.
Livan Hernandez: The Giants' Mr. October was more reminiscent of March, the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Hernandez came in with a 6-0 postseason record, but lasted only 3 2/3 innings, while giving up six runs on five hits and as many walks, in the worst playoff performance of his career.
Jay Witasick: Called on to stop the bleeding after the Angels raked Livan Hernandez, Witasick was nearly as ineffective, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.
Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. He can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.