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World  Series
10/25/2002 00:45 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


Brendan Donnelly: Donnelly gets the Angels' Pitcher of the Night award. He threw only one inning but was perfect, striking out Reggie Sanders and J.T. Snow and getting David Bell to pop up to first baseman Scott Spiezio.


Offense: The pitching staff deserves the bulk of the blame for this meltdown, but the offense has clearly been in a funk the last two games, averaging 4.5 fewer runs per than during Games 1-3. The Angels did not have a runner in scoring position the last six innings of Game 4 and managed only two during the final four frames of Game 5.


Jarrod Washburn: Apparently, Washburn got the game plan confused. It was "Walk Bonds and go after the rest of the Giants," not the other way around, Jarrod. Actually, the left-hander allowed walks to four of the nine batters he faced in the first, with a Bonds RBI double sandwiched in between. Washburn was pulled after four innings, having allowed six runs on six hits and five walks.


Mike Scioscia: Scioscia has done a masterful job this year and deserves to be Manager of the Year, but his decision to stay with Washburn, even after it became obvious the lefty did not have his best stuff, enabled the Giants to blow the game open before the second inning ended.

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


Jeff Kent: Superman Kent is back! The Giants second baseman came in with a .188 (3-for-16) batting average in the Series, but busted out big time in Game 5. After walking and scoring a run in the first, he doubled and scored in the second and hit a two-run homer to give San Francisco a four-run lead again in the sixth, after the Angels had rallied back from a 6-0 deficit to cut the Giants' lead to 6-4. Kent added another two-run homer in the seventh.


Bullpen: For the second game in a row, the Giants bullpen outpitched their Angels counterparts, as Chad Zerbe, Felix Rodriguez, Todd Worrell and Scott Eyre held the Angels to one run and three hits over the final 4 1/3 innings.


Barry Bonds: This time, the Angels pitched to him with two men on, and Bonds made them pay with an RBI double in the first inning to give the Giants the lead for good. Bonds walked intentionally in the second and added a sixth-inning double and a base hit in the seventh.


Kenny Lofton: Started out with singles and runs scored in his first two at-bats and then looked like a man trying to catch the Lombard Street cable car while misplaying Benji Gil's double in the sixth, as Anaheim cut the San Francisco lead to 6-4. Made up for that misadventure, though, with a two-run triple in the seventh.


J.T. Snow: Wasn't the big star on offense (two singles) and didn't figure in any of the key defensive plays, but Snow, one of the classiest people in baseball, came up with a beaut of a save in the seventh with a one-handed grab of batboy Darren Baker, son of San Francisco manager Dusty Baker. Three-year-old Darren was just trying to do his job, but was right in Snow's path as he scored. Snow had the presence of mind to collect the child and touch home plate without incident.


Jason Schmidt: Was coasting along with four shutout innings, a 6-0 lead and eight strikeouts before things fell apart in a hurry during the fifth inning. Schmidt didn't even stick around long enough to qualify for the victory.

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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