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World  Series
10/24/2002 00:06 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


Troy Glaus: Belted a two-run homer in the third to give the Angels a 3-0 lead. The homer, Glaus' seventh of the postseason, tied him with Barry Bonds for the most in a single postseason. Glaus, however, failed to deliver on two other opportunities with runners in scoring position.


John Lackey: Staked to a 3-0 lead, the birthday boy couldn't blow out the candles on the Giants, who got to the right-hander for three runs in the fifth. Lackey's failure to properly field his position contributed to the Giants' uprising.


Francisco Rodriguez: The 20-year-old phenom fell to earth with a thud. Rodriguez retired the side in order in the seventh -- running his string to 12 consecutive Giants retired over two appearances -- but gave up two hits and the winning run in the eighth.


Top of the order: David Eckstein and Darin Erstad have each been having a great postseason, but the two were a combined 0-for-7 and failed to reach base in this one. Eckstein did contribute a sacrifice fly and started two double plays.

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


Top of the order: For the second straight night, Rich Aurilia stung the ball, collecting three hits (tied with lead-off hitter Kenny Lofton for the team high) and driving in the Giants' first run. Since the series moved to San Francisco, the shortstop is 5-for-9. The three hits for Lofton tripled his output during the first three games of the series.


David Bell: He made an error, he was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the sixth and was thrown out trying to steal in the eighth. But all of those boo-boos will be forgotten in the Bay Area; the only thing Giants fans will remember is Bell delivering the game-winning hit in the eighth inning.


Kirk Rueter: "Woody" came to the Giants' rescue with six decent innings. The right-hander gave up nine hits, but he did not walk a batter and held the high-flying Angels to only three runs.


Jeff Kent: Kent is making the decision to pitch to him and walk Barry Bonds that much easier. Kent drove in a run with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly, but he stranded two runners in scoring position with each of his first two at-bats and was overmatched against Francisco Rodriguez in the seventh.


Benito Santiago: Like Kent, Santiago managed to drive in a run, but unlike Kent, the NLCS MVP came up twice with the bases loaded and hit into an inning-ending double play each time. Enough said.

Jim Molony is a reporter 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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