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World  Series
10/24/2002 11:34 pm ET 
World Series Game 5 notes


SERIES AT 2-2: This is the 40th time in World Series history that the Fall Classic has been tied at two games apiece. It is the second consecutive year that has occurred as the Yankees and Diamondbacks were at 2-2 in a seven-game Arizona victory in 2001. Over the last 10 Series (beginning 1992), it is just the fourth time that the games have been at 2-2, the first time in consecutive Series since 1996 and 1997.

IN GAME 5: The home team has won Game 5 in a 2-2 Series on 22 occasions (56.4%) with the visiting team prevailing 17 times (43.6%). The home club has been victorious in 15 of the last 20 Series beginning 1955 but just once in three Fall Classics since 1991, New York over Arizona in 2001. The Yankees won in Atlanta in 1996 and the Marlins prevailed in Cleveland in 1997.

The winner of Game 5 has gone on to win a 2-2 Series 26 times (66.7%) but just twice in the last seven occasions, the Yankees in 1996 and the Marlins in 1997. The five teams to lose the Series in that span, all in seven games: Brewers in 1982; Red Sox in 1986; Cardinals in 1987; Braves in 1991; Yankees in 2001.

ALTERNATING ROAD WINS: The first four games of this Series have seen a pattern of the road and home team alternating victories to result in a 2-2 tie. That trend has been true in only two previous World Series:

  • In 1931, the A's won Game 1 on the road and Game 4 at home with the Cardinals taking Game 2 at home and Game 3 on the road. St. Louis captured Game 5 on the road and the Series in 7 games.
  • In 1982, the Brewers won Game 1 on the road and Game 4 at home with the Cardinals taking Game 2 at home and Game 3 on the road. Milwaukee won Game 5 at home but lost the Series in 7 games.
  • The road and home teams also alternated victories through the first four games in 1903 and 1918 but in both cases, the first three games were played in the same city, resulting in 3-1 leads for the Pirates and Red Sox, respectively, after four contests.

    THAT FOURTH GAME RESULT: With Anaheim's defeat last night, teams that have a 2-1 advantage in a World Series dropped to 38-39 in the fourth game. Of the 38 previous teams leading, 2-1 that have lost Game 4 to even the Series, 2-2, 17 have gone on to win the Series, a feat accomplished by Arizona in 2001.

    THE ANGELS lost their first game of this postseason that was other than a Game 1 on Wednesday. The Anaheim has dropped all three of its series openers in this postseason and is 9-1 in all other contests. The club is 3-3 on the road in this post-season. The Angels are 2-2 in a postseason series for the second time in their existence. In the 1982 ALCS, the club lost the fifth and deciding game at Milwaukee's County Stadium.

    THE GIANTS are tied, 2-2 in the World Series for the seventh time in their history, the first since 1962:

    Year Opponent Game 5 and location Series Result
    1917 Chicago (AL) L/Road L, 4-2
    1921 New York (AL) L/Home W, 5-3
    1923 New York (AL) L/Road L, 4-2
    1924 Washington W/Home L, 4-3
    1951 New York (AL) L/Home L, 4-2
    1962 New York (AL) L/Road L, 4-2

    A HOME SERIES WIN: With Wednesday's victory, San Francisco snapped a four-game home losing streak in the World Series, its first victory since defeating the Yankees on Oct. 15, 1962, Game 6 at Candlestick Park. The Giants are 9-5 in this postseason, 4-3 at home.

    ONE-RUN DECISIONS: Of the first four games of this World Series, three have been decided by a single run. Of the last 16 World Series games played beginning with Game 1 in 2000, 10 have been one-run decisions. Games 1, 2, and 4 of the 2000 Fall Classic between the Yankees and Mets and Games 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the 2001 Yankees-Diamondbacks Series were all decided by a run in addition to Games 1, 2 and 4 this season.

    In this postseason, San Francisco is 4-2 in games decided by a run while Anaheim is 2-3.


    JARROD WASHBURN makes his second start of this Series and his fourth of this postseason. The lefthander dropped a 4-3 decision to the Giants in Game 1 on Saturday (5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R-ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 3 HR). Washburn is 1-1, 3.65 overall in the post-season.

    JASON SCHMIDT is also on the hill for the second time in this Series and is making his third postseason appearance. The righthander was victorious in the Series opener on Saturday (5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R-ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR) and is 2-1, 3.86 in three overall starts in this postseason. Schmidt was the first Giants pitcher to win a Series opener since Marv Grissom in 1954 vs. Cleveland. The last Giants pitcher to win two games in a single World Series was Phil Douglas in 1921 against the Yankees.

    WINNING GAMES 1 AND 5: The last pitcher to captures Games 1 and 5 in a single World Series was the Yankees' Mike Stanton, with wins in relief in Games 1 and 5 in 2000 against the Mets. The only starter to accomplish that feat in the last 10 Series (beginning 1991) was Florida's Livan Hernandez, who defeated Cleveland in Games 1 and 5 in 1997.

    ROBB NEN has saved both Giants' wins in this series and has four career saves in the Fall Classic, tying for third most all-time:

    No. Pitcher Team Total Series
    8 Mariano Rivera New York (AL) 5
    6 Rollie Fingers Oakland 3
    4 Johnny Murphy New York (AL) 6
    4 Allie Reynolds New York (AL) 6
    4 John Wetteland New York (AL) 1
    4 Robb Nen Florida/San Francisco 2

    Nen has a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8 IP) in nin appearances in this postseason. His seven saves in 2002 tie John Wetteland (1996 with New York) for the most ever in a single postseason. Nen's 11 career postseason saves rank as the third most all-time behind Mariano Rivera (25) and Dennis Eckersley (15).

    TURNING THE TIDE: Giants starters had posted a 12.00 ERA (32 ER/24 IP) in their previous seven World Series games beginning in 1989, before Kirk Rueter issued three runs in six innings on Wednesday. Rueter's effort was the longest for a Giants starter in a World Series game since Jack Sanford allowed one run in seven innings in a 1-0 loss to New York in the seventh game of the 1962 World Series on Oct. 16.

    FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ suffered his first loss in six decisions in this postseason and his first in the major leagues. At 20 years, 289 days, he was youngest pitcher to lose a Series game since Cincinnati's Milt Wilcox at 20 years, 174 days on Oct. 11, 1970, Game 2 vs. Baltimore. Rodriguez, who entered the postseason without a decision in five career regular season games, is 5-1 in this postseason and has achieved several postseason milestones:

  • Has tied the record for wins in a single post-season, 1st set by Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2001.
  • Defeated the Giants in Game 2 on Sunday at the age of 20 years, 286 days, the youngest pitcher to ever win a Series game. The previous youngest was Joe Bush of the Philadelphia A's, 20 years, 315 days on Oct. 9, 1913.
  • Is the first pitcher to ever post five wins in relief in a single postseason.
  • Is the youngest player in the fall classic since Atlanta's Andruw Jones was 19 years, 186 days on the final day of the 1996 Series, October 26.
  • Is the youngest pitcher in the Series since 1970, when a pair of Cincinnati hurlers, Milt Wilcox (20 years, 178 days on Oct. 15) and Don Gullett (19 years, 281 days on Oct. 14) were younger. Ages listed are date of final appearance in that series.
  • Is participating in the Series with just five career regular season appearances. Ken Brett pitched in one game of the 1967 World Series with Boston with just one career regular season outing.

    No. Year Pitcher Team Series
    5 2001 Randy Johnson Arizona 2 LCS; 3 WS
    5 2002 Francisco Rodriguez Anaheim 2 DS; 2 LCS; 1 WS
    4 1981 Burt Hooten Los Angeles 1 DS; 2 LCS; 1 WS
    4 1989 Dave Stewart Oakland 2 LCS; 2 WS
    4 1991 Jack Morris Minnesota 2 LCS; 2 WS
    4 1995 Orel Hershiser Cleveland 1 DS; 2 LCS; 1 WS
    4 1996 John Smoltz Atlanta 1 DS; 2 LCS; 1 WS
    4 1997 Livan Hernandez Florida 2 LCS; 2 WS
    4 1998 David Wells New York (AL) 1 DS; 2 LCS; 1 WS
    4 2001 Curt Schilling Arizona 2 DS; 1 LCS; 1 WS

    ANGELS OFFENSE: Notes on Anaheim's batting numbers in the first four games of this World Series:

  • Team average is .340 (51-150)…Highest team average in a World Series of any length is .338 by the Yankees in a seven-game Series vs. Pittsburgh in 1960.
  • The Angels have 51 hits in the first four games of this Series. As a point of comparison, the World Series record for most hits by a team in a four-game Series is 45, the Yankees in 1932 and the Reds in 1990.
  • Team has 10 or more hits in each of last three games, the longest streak in a single World Series since Cleveland reached double figures in hits in each of the first four contests in the 1997 Series vs. Florida.
  • The Angels have batted around three times in this Series, the first inning on Sunday and the third and fourth innings in Game 3…Tuesday's performance marked the first time in World Series history that a team had sent at least nine men to the plate in consecutive innings.
  • In the postseason, the Angels are batting .332 (156-470) and have hit 22 home runs, matching San Francisco's 2002 total for the most by a team in a single postseason.

    GIANTS AND THE LONG BALL: Despite being blanked on Wednesday, San Francisco has produced nine homers in the first three games of this Series:

  • It is the most homers by a team in a Series of any length since Oakland had nine homers in a four-game sweep of the Giants in 1989 and matches the most ever for an N.L. team in a single Series. Teams with nine or more home runs:

    No. Team Year Opponent No. Games
    12 New York (AL) 1956 Brooklyn 7
    10 New York (AL) 1952 Brooklyn 7
    10 New York (AL) 1958 Milwaukee 7
    10 New York (AL) 1960 Pittsburgh 7
    10 New York (AL) 1964 St. Louis 7
    10 Baltimore 1970 Cincinnati 5
    9 New York (AL) 1928 St. Louis 4
    9 Brooklyn 1955 New York (AL) 7
    9 Los Angeles 1977 New York (AL) 6
    9 Oakland 1989 San Francisco 4
    9 San Francisco 2002 Anaheim 3

  • San Francisco has homered twice in an inning three times in this Series: the second inning in Games 1 and 2 and the fifth inning in Game 3. A team has had a pair of homers in one inning in a World Series game 38 times overall, and the Giants are the first to do it three times in a single Fall Classic. The Yankees are the only other team to do it more than once in the same Series, accomplishing it twice each in 1928, 1932, 1939, and 1964. The Red Sox in Game 6 of the 1967 Series are the only club ever with three homers in one frame.
  • San Francisco has 22 home runs in 14 games in this postseason, matching Anaheim's 2002 total for the most by any team in history. Entering 2002, the previous most was 19 by Atlanta in 1995.

    COMBINED TOTAL: The Giants (9) and Angels (5) have combined for 14 homers in the first four games of a World Series. That is the highest total in a Fall Classic since 1997, when the Marlins (8) and Indians (7) combined for 15. In fact, the two Series teams have combined for at least 14 homers total in just 12 of the previous 97 World Series. The record for most homers, both teams in a series is 17, accomplished in 1953, 1955, and 1977.

    TROY GLAUS hit his third homer of this Series on Wednesday. It was his seventh homer of the postseason, tying Barry Bonds' 2002 total for the most in history:

    No. Player Team Year Breakdown
    7 Barry Bonds San Francisco 2002 DS (3); LCS (1); WS (3)
    7 Troy Glaus Anaheim 2002 DS (3); LCS (1); WS (3)
    6 Bob Robertson Pittsburgh 1971 LCS (4); WS (2)
    6 Len Dykstra Philadelphia 1993 LCS (2); WS (4)
    6 Ken Griffey Seattle 1995 DS (5); LCS (1)
    6 Bernie Williams New York (AL) 1996 DS (3); LCS (2); WS (1)
    6 Jim Thome Cleveland 1998 DS (2); LCS (4)

    Last night's blast was Glaus' first of the postseason with a man aboard. He has a record six solo homers for a single postseason.

    THREE HOMERS IN A SERIES: With Barry Bonds and Troy Glaus this season, 34 players have hit at least three homers in a single Series. Prior to 2002, the last was since Florida's Moises Alou in 1997. The last time an AL player has had at least three Series homers was in 1980, when Willie Aikens (4) and Amos Otis (3) accomplished the feat for Kansas City. 1980 was also the last time that two players have had 3+ home runs in the same Fall Classic. A player has hit as many as four homers in a Series just nine times, last by Philadelphia's Len Dykstra in 1993.

    THE WALKING MAN: Barry Bonds has been compiling bases on balls at a record rate in this Series:

  • Has nine walks in the first four games of this Fall Classic, tying the third highest total for a Series of any length:

    No. Player Team Year Games
    11 Babe Ruth New York (AL) 1926 7
    11 Gene Tenace Oakland 1973 7
    9 Willie Randolph New York (AL) 1981 6
    9 BARRY BONDS San Francisco 2002 4

  • Has five intentional walks in this Series, the most ever in a single Fall Classic since IBBs were first officially recorded in 1955. The career Series record for intentional walks is seven by Bernie Williams.
  • Had three intentional walks last night, the most for one player in a single Series game.
  • Has 23 overall walks, 11 of those intentional, during this postseason, both records.

    SAN FRANCISCO HITTING NOTES: Rich Aurilia drove in his 14th run of this postseason on Wednesday, most ever for a shortstop…Has hit safely in last three games and is 5-9 in last two contests…Barry Bonds and J.T. Snow are the only Giants to hit safely in all four games of this series…Benito Santiago grounded into a pair of double plays on Wednesday, one shy of the Series record for one game.

    ANAHEIM BATTING NOTES: Darin Erstad was 0-4 last night to snap his postseason hitting streak at 12 games, two shy of the longest streak ever in a single postseason set by Atlanta's Marquis Grissom in 1995. Erstad has 22 hits in this postseason, three shy of the all-time record set by Grissom in 1995…David Eckstein had a nin-game hit streak ended on Wednesday. He has hit safely 11 of 13 contests overall in this postseason…Garret Anderson has hit safely in his last seven games of this postseason…Scott Spiezio has five RBI in this Series and 16 in this postseason, the latter being three shy of the record set by Cleveland's Sandy Alomar, Jr. in 1997…Benji Gil was 2-3 last night and is batting .636 (7-11) in this postseason…In addition to Anderson, Troy Glaus and Spiezio have hit safely in each of the first four games.

    FIRST PITCH: The first pitch ceremony will honor all of the Mayors of San Francisco who have held office since the Giants moved to the Bay area in 1958. Gina Moscone, the widow of former mayor George Moscone, will throw out the 1st pitch.
    STAR SPANGLED BANNER: Country music superstar LeAnn Rimes will sing the National Anthem.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA/TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: 12-year-old local resident Ryan Houston will sing during the seventh inning stretch.

    Any World Series batter who hits a home run during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series will have the chance to create a feeding frenzy across the U.S. compliments of Pepsi, Taco Bell and Major League Baseball Properties. If a player from the San Francisco Giants or Anaheim Angels hits a home run that strikes the Pepsi/Taco Bell 15-foot floating "Free Taco Here" target in McCovey Cove during Games 3, 4 or 5, Taco Bell and Pepsi will give every American resident the opportunity to feast on a free Crunchy Beef Taco as part of the company's "Think Outside the Park" promotion. Taco Bell Corp. is a strategic business partner of Pepsi-Cola Company, the Official Soft Drink of Major League Baseball.

    If a home run hits the target, every person in the U.S. will have an opportunity to obtain a free Crunchy Beef Taco at participating Taco Bell restaurants in the United States. Redemption will take place on Monday, November 4th between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (local time). Additional information and offer details will be available on, the Official Website of Major League Baseball and at the Taco Bell website,

    The target will be strategically placed in McCovey Cove for World Series Game 5 or until a successful "splashdown" hit occurs. Following the first successful splashdown hit, the target will be removed.

    HANK AARON AWARDS ANNOUNCED: Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers and Barry Bonds of the Giants are the 2002 recipients of Major League Baseball's Hank Aaron Award, it was announced today. Both won the award for the consecutive year in their respective leagues. Rodriguez batted .300 and led the majors with 57 homers and 142 RBI while Bonds hit a major league best .370 with 46 homers and 110 RBI.The award has been presented since 1999 to the top offensive performers in each leagues and is selected by the club play-by-play broadcasters in both leagues.

    SEND IT TO COOPERSTOWN: The National Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame has acquired the bat used by the Giants TSUYOSHI SHINJO in Game 1 of this World Series. Shinjo is the 1st native of Japan to appear in a World Series game.

    DOUBLE PLAYS: Both the Angels and Giants executed three double plays last night to tie the World Series record for most double plays, both clubs, in a nine-inning game…It had been accomplished twice previously:

      September 29, 1955, Game 2…Yankees and Dodgers, 3 each
      October 15, 1980, Game 2…Phillies (4) and Royals (2)

    WORLD SERIES SHORTS: Felix Rodriguez has pitched in all four games of this Series, the first hurler to appear in the first four games of a single Fall Classic since the Yankees' Jeff Nelson worked in all four games fof the 1999 Series against Atlanta…Rodriguez has appeared in 11 of the Giants' 14 games in this postseason…Anaheim has five total stolen bases in the first four games, most for a team in the World Series since the Yankees had five versus the Braves in 1999…This marks the first time that a World Series has featured two teams who both use third base as their home dugout since 1988 when the Dodgers defeated the A's in five games…The only players on the World Series rosters who have not appeared in a game in this fall classic are Anaheim pitcher Scot Shields and San Francisco catcher Yorvit Torrealba.

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