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World  Series
10/26/2002 8:30 pm ET 
Pre-Game 6 notes


SERIES AT 3-2: The 2002 World Series resumes in Anaheim tonight with the Giants holding a 3-2 lead. San Francisco is the 59th team to hold a 3-2 advantage in the Fall Classic, 58 of those coming after 5 games. In 1912, the Red Sox led, 3-2 after 6 games with one tie in the Series. Of the previous 58, 22 have won Game 6, and 39 have captured the title.

In 2001, New York took a 3-2 lead to Arizona and lost Games 6 and 7. In the previous 4 Series to be at 3-2, the team with the Series lead won Game 6 and the Series: Toronto in 1992 and 1993, Atlanta in 1995, and New York in 1996. Prior to 1992, the previous 5 teams trailing, 3-2, won Games 6 and 7, all at home, the last being Minnesota in 1991.

SIX OR SEVEN GAMES: Of the previous 97 World Series, 55 have either gone 6 (21) or 7 (34) games (56.7%). The last 6-game Series was New York over Atlanta in 1996. In the Fall Classics that ended in 6 games, the visiting team is 8-13, losing the last 3 times since Toronto captured the fall classic with a Game 6 win in Atlanta in 1992. In Series that have ended in 7 games, the road club has a 17-16 advantage, although the last 6 fall classics to go the distance have been won by the home team: Royals in 1985; Mets in 1986; Twins in 1987 and 1991; Marlins in 1997; and Diamondbacks in 2001. The last road team to win a 7-game Series was Pittsburgh over Baltimore in 1979.

MORE ON 3-2: Teams that have led 3-2 in a Series have gone on the road for Games 6 and 7 on 29 occasions. Those teams have won Game 6 and the title 7 times and have won the Series in 7 games on 11 occasions. Of the last 7 teams to take a 3-2 lead on the road in a World Series, only one has captured the championship, Toronto over Atlanta in 6 games in 1992. The other 6 have all lost the final 2 games of the fall classic: Brewers in 1982; Cardinals in 1985; Red Sox in 1986; Cardinals in 1987; Braves in 1991; and Yankees in 2001.

A RARE SERIES SEQUENCE: For just the 2nd time ever, the 1st 5 games of a World Series have gone as follows: road team wins Game 1; home team wins Game 2; road team wins Game 3; home team wins Games 4 and 5 to take a 3-2 advantage on the road for Games 6 and 7.

The only other time this has occurred was in 1982. Milwaukee won Game 1 on the road and Games 4 and 5 at home with St. Louis taking Game 2 at home and Game 3 on the road. The Cardinals went on to win Games 6 and 7 in St. Louis to win the World championship.

THE GIANTS have a 3-2 advantage in the World Series for just the 2nd time in history. In 1924, New York took a 3-2 lead back to Washington for Games 6 and 7. The Senators won the final 2 games and the Series. In 1921, the Giants took a 4-3 lead in a best of 9 Series against the Yankees, winning Game 8 on the road and the Series, 5-3.

The Giants will be looking to clinch their 6th all-time World title tonight, the 1st since 1954 versus Cleveland. A 6th victory would tie the Giants with the Dodgers for 4th most all-time behind the Yankees (26) and the A's and Cardinals (9 each). The Giants are 3-6 lifetime in a current Game 6 situation. This includes what was Game 7 in 1912 (one tie) and Game 8 in 1921 (best of 9). The wins came over Boston in 1912 (extended Series to limit); over the Yankees in 1921 (to win Series, 5-3); and over the Yankees in 1962 (extended Series to limit).

The Giants have won the deciding game of a World Series on the road 3 times: 1921 vs. the Yankees at the Polo Grounds (Game 8); 1933 at Washington (Game 5); and 1954 at Cleveland (Game 4).

Only one Wild Card team has ever won the World Championship, the Florida Marlins in 1997.

DUSTY BAKER is attempting to become the 28th individual to play on and manage a World Series champion. This includes player-managers. Baker won as a player with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981. The complete list:

Manager Winning Team(s) Managed/Year(s) Winning Team(s) Played/Year(s)
Jimmy Collins Boston (AL)/1903* Boston (AL)/1903*
Fielder Jones Chicago (AL)/1906* Chicago (AL)/1906*
Frank Chance Chicago (NL)/1907-08* Chicago (NL)/1907-08*
Fred Clarke Pittsburgh/1909* Pittsburgh/1903; 1909*
Jake Stahlb Boston (AL)/1912* Boston (AL)/1912*
Bill Carrigan Boston (AL)/1915-16* Boston (AL)/1912; 1915-16*
Pat Moran Cincinnati/1919 Chicago (NL)/1907-08
Tris Speaker Cleveland/1920 Boston (AL)/1912; 1915; Cleveland/1920*
Bucky Harris Washington/1924*; New York (AL)/1947 Washington/1924*
Rogers Hornsby St. Louis (NL)/1926* St. Louis (NL)/1926*
Bill Terry New York (NL)/1933* New York (NL)/1933*
Frank Frisch St. Louis (NL)/1934* New York (NL)/1921-22;St. Louis (NL)/1931; 34*
Mickey Cochrane Detroit/1935* Philadelphia (AL)/1929-30; Detroit/1935*
Bill Southworth St. Louis (NL)/1942; 1944 St. Louis (NL)/1926
Steve O'Neill Detroit/1945 Cleveland/1920
Lou Boudreau Cleveland/1948* Cleveland/1948*
Leo Durocher New York (NL)/1954 New York (AL)/1928; St. Louis (NL)/1934
Casey Stengel New York (AL)/1949-53; 1956; 1958 New York (NL)/1921-22
Ralph Houk New York (AL)/1961-62 New York (AL)/ 1947; 1950-52
Hank Bauer Baltimore/1966 New York (AL)/1949-53; 1956; 1958
Red Schoendienst St. Louis/1967 St. Louis (NL)/1946; Milwaukee/1957
Gil Hodges New York (NL)/1969 Brooklyn/1955; Los Angeles/1959
Alvin Dark Oakland/1974 New York (NL)/1954
Billy Martin New York (AL)/1977 New York (AL)/1950-53; 1956
Bob Lemon New York (AL)/1978 Cleveland/1948
Davey Johnson New York (NL)/1986 Baltimore/1966; 1970
Lou Piniella Cincinnati/1990 New York (AL)/1977-78

1 Saturday,Oct. 19 San Francisco 4, @Anaheim 3
2 Sunday, Oct. 20 @Anaheim 11, San Francisco 10
WP-Fr. Rodriguez..LP-Fe. Rodriguez..SV-Percival
3 Tuesday, Oct. 22 Anaheim, 10, @San Francisco 4
WP-Ra. Ortiz…LP-Hernandez
4 Wednesday, Oct. 23 @San Francisco 4, Anaheim 3
WP-Worrell…LP-Fr. Rodriguez…SV-Nen
5 Thursday, Oct. 24 @San Francisco 16, Anaheim 4
6 Saturday, Oct. 26 Edison International Field
(Ru. Ortiz vs. Appier)
7:58 p.m./4:58 p.m.
7* Sunday, Oct. 27 Edison International Field 8:02 p.m./5:02 p.m.
  *If Necessary    

THE ANGELS have lost consecutive games in this postseason for the 1st time with defeats in Games 4 and 5. Anaheim is the 2nd straight team to have a 2-1 lead in the Series and fall behind, 2-3. Arizona won the 1st 2 games in 2001, lost the next 3 games, and won Games 6 and 7. This marks the 1st time that Anaheim has ever trailed, 3-2 in a best of 7 postseason Series. The Angels only previous Game 6 in the postseason was a loss in Boston in the 1986 ALCS.

GAME SIX STARTERS: Tonight's matchup features a rematch of Game 2 starters with the Giants' RUSS ORTIZ (1.2 ip, 9 h, 7 r-er, 0 bb, 0 so, hr) and the Angels' KEVIN APPIER (2+ ip, 5 h, 5 r-er, 2 bb, 2 so, 3 hr). Neither pitcher figured in the decision in Anaheim's 11-10 victory. It marked the 1st time that both starters failed to retire more than 6 batters in a World Series game since Oct. 5, 1957, Game 3 when the Yankees' BOB TURLEY worked 1.2 innings and Milwaukee's BOB BUHL lasted 0.2 frames in a 12-9 New York win.

RUSS ORTIZ is 2-0 with a 6.75 era (14 er/18.2 ip) in 4 starts in this postseason. His victories came in Games 1 and 5 of the Division Series against Atlanta. Arizona's RANDY JOHNSON won 2 of Arizona's 3 clinching games in 2001: a start in Game 5 of the ALCS vs. Atlanta and in relief in Game 7 of the World Series against New York. Last starter with 2 clinching wins in a season was the Yankees in 1999: Division Series vs. Texas and World Series against Atlanta.

Ortiz' 1.2 inning stint in Game 2 of this Series was the shortest outing by a starter in the fall classic since San Francisco's DON ROBINSON lasted 1.2 frames on Oct. 28, 1989, Game 4 vs. Oakland.

KEVIN APPIER is 0-1 with a 6.23 era (12 er/17.1 ip) in his 4 starts of this postseason. He is 0-2 in 6 career postseason games, 5 of those being starts.

STARTERS IN SERIES: The starting pitchers for the Giants and the Angels have combined to produce an 8.93 era (43 er/43.1 ip) in the 1st 5 games of this Series. Both teams' starters have pitched the exact same number of innings with Anaheim issuing one more earned run. The Angels starters are 1-2, 9.14 (22 er/21.2 ip) with the Giants at 1-1, 8.72 (21 er/21.2 ip). The only starter to work as many as 6 innings is San Francisco's KIRK REUTER, who pitched 6 frames in Game 4. There has never been a World Series in which a starter did not work at least 7 innings once.

In the last 43 World Series games, beginning with Game 2 in 1995, there has been only one complete game pitched, by Arizona's RANDY JOHNSON in Game 2 in 2001 versus the Yankees.

BULLPEN NUMBERS: Through 5 games, the Angels bullpen has a 4.64 era (11 er/21.1 ip) with the Giants' relief corps at 2.82 (7 er/22.1 ip). Anaheim's bullpen allowed 10 runs/6 er in 4 innings on Thursday with the Giants' relievers issuing one run in 4.1 innings in that game.

GIANTS EXPLOSION: Notes on San Francisco's offensive output in Game 5 and in this Series:

  • The 16 runs scored by the Giants in Game 5 matched the 2nd most ever in a World Series game. The Yankees defeated the Giants, 18-4 on Oct. 2, 1936, Game 2; and the Yankees beat the beat the Pirates, 16-3 on Oct. 6, 1960.
  • The Giants scored 10 runs in their last 3 innings at the plate on Thursday, the most runs scored by a team in a 3-inning span of a Series game since St. Louis scored 11 runs in the middle 3 frames on Oct. 19, 1982, Game 6 vs. Milwaukee.
  • The Giants have scored 38 runs in this Series, most ever for a team in the 1st 5 games of a Series. The previous mark was 37 by Toronto in 1993 against Philadelphia. The record for most runs by a team in a 6-game Series is 45 by the Blue Jays in 1993.
  • The Giants have hit 12 home runs in this postseason, tying the record for most homers in a World Series of any length. The 1956 Yankees hit 12 in a 7-game Series with Brooklyn.
  • The Giants have 95 total bases in the 1st 5 games. The 6-game Series record is 105 by Toronto in 1993.

    MORE ON THE LONG BALL: Some additional home run notes:

  • The Giants (12) and Angels (5) have combined to hit 17 home runs, tying the most ever in a World Series of any length. It has been done 3 times previously: 1953 by the Yankees (9) and Dodgers (8) in a 6-game series; 1955 by the Dodgers (9) and Yankees (8) in a 7-game series; and 1977 by the Dodgers (9) and Yankees (8) in a 6-game series.
  • The Giants (25) and Angels (22) have the top two home run totals ever in a single postseason.
  • There have been 3 individual multi-homer games in this Series: TROY GLAUS and TIM SALMON for Anaheim and JEFF KENT for San Francisco. That matches the most ever in a single Series. In 1932, the Yankees received 2-home games from LOU GEHRIG, TONY LAZZERI, and BABE RUTH.
  • Three players have 3 homers in this Series: BARRY BONDS, TROY GLAUS, and JEFF KENT, the 1st time ever that 3 players have 3 or more home runs in the same Series. The Giants join the 1925 Senators (BUCKY HARRIS and GOOSE GOSLIN); 1928 (LOU GEHRIG and BABE RUTH) and 1956 (YOGI BERRA and MICKEY MANTLE) Yankees; and the 1980 Royals (WILLIE AIKENS and AMOS OTIS) as only Series teams with 2 players with 3 or more home runs.
  • San Francisco has homered twice in an inning 3 times in this Series: the 2nd inning in Games 1 and 2 and the 5th inning in Game 3. The Giants are the 1st team to ever accomplish that feat 3 times in the same Series.

    COMBINED BATTING: The Giants and Angels have combined for a .318 (113-355) average over the 1st 5 games. The current record for highest average by both clubs in a Series of any length is .300, by the Yankees and Pirates in 7 games in 1960. Both teams have a .300+ average through 5 games, the Angels at .328 and the Giants at .308. There has never been a World Series in which both clubs recording a team batting average of .300 or higher. The 2 teams have combined for 113 hits. The 6-game Series record for most hits, both clubs, is 122 by Toronto (64) and Philadelphia (58) in 1993. Anaheim and San Francisco have also combined for 184 total bases in the 1st 5 games. The 6-game Series record for most total bases by both teams is 200 by the Dodgers (103) and the Yankees (97) in 1953.

    10 OR MORE RUNS: Each team has scored 10+ runs twice in this Series: the Giants in Games 2 and 5 and the Angels in Game 2 and 3. The only time a club has scored in double figures 3 times in one fall classic was in 1960, when the Yankees accomplished that feat in Games 2, 3, and 6. Pittsburgh had 10 runs in Game 7 of that Series, the only other time there has been 4 total 10-run games in a single Series.

    In addition to the Yankees, there have been 7 other clubs with a pair of 10-run contests in the same Series: the Yankees in 1926, 1932, 1936, and 1978; the Twins in 1987; the Blue Jays in 1993; and the Indians in 1997.


  • Is batting .500 (6-12) in the Series. The record for highest average in a Series of more than 4 games is .500…It has been done 4 times in a 6-game Series and 3 times in a 7-Game Series.
  • Has reached base in 16 of 22 plate appearances in this Series with 6 hits and 10 walks, a .727 on-base percentage.
  • Has a 1.417 slugging percentage. Record for a Series of more than 4 games is 1.250 by REGGIE JACKSON in 1977 with the Yankees.
  • Has 10 walks in the 1st 5 games of this fall classic, the 3rd 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
    10 BARRY BONDS San Francisco 2002 5

  • Has 6 intentional walks in this Series, the most ever in a single fall classic since IBBs were 1st officially recorded in 1955. The career Series record for intentional walks is 7 by BERNIE WILLIAMS.
  • Has 7 homers in this postseason, matching TROY GLAUS for the most ever.
  • Has 24 overall walks, 12 of those intentional, during this postseason, both records.


  • With 2 homers, marked the 46th time that a player has hit multiple homers in a World Series Game.
  • Homered in consecutive innings, the 10th time that has been done in a World Series game. The last was the Yankees' SCOTT BROSIUS on Oct. 20, 1998, Game 3, 7th and 8th innings at San Diego.
  • Was Kent's 2nd career 2-homer game in the postseason, the other coming in Game 3 of the 1997 Division Series versus Florida.
  • Was Kent's 3rd homer of this Series, joining BARRY BONDS and TROY GLAUS with 3 homers in this fall classic.
  • Was the 2nd Giant to ever hit 2 homers in a World Series Game, the other being BENNY KAUFF on Oct. 11, 1917, Game 4 vs. the White Sox at New York.
  • Tied the individual record with 4 runs scored in a World Series game…It had been accomplished 8 times previously, last by Philadelphia's LENNY DYKSTRA on Oct. 20, 1993, Game 4 at Toronto.

    SAN FRANCISCO HITTING NOTES: RICH AURILIA has hit safely in each of last 4 games…Has 17 rbi in this postseason, tied with Boston's JOHN VALENTIN in 1999 for 2nd most all-time behind Cleveland's SANDY ALOMAR, Jr. in 1997…KENNY LOFTON is 6-10 in his last 2 games after going 1-12 in the 1st 3 contests of the Series…Recorded his 4th career postseason triple on Thursday, one shy of the all-time record held by GEORGE BRETT…BENITO SANTIAGO has 16 rbi in the pos-season, tying the 4th most ever with FRED McGRIFF, Atlanta in 1996…J.T. SNOW is the only Giant to hit safely in all 5 games of this series…The Giants have received 8 intentional walks in this Series, most ever in a single Series.

    ANAHEIM BATTING NOTES: The Angels have recorded 10 or more hits in each of the last 4 games, the longest streak in a single Series since Cleveland accomplished the feat in the 1st 4 games of the 1997 Series against Florida…Anaheim has 61 hits in the 5 games…As a point of comparison the record for a 5-game Series is 56 by the Philadelphia A's in 1910…The 6-game Series mark is 68 by the Yankees vs. the Dodgers in 1978…Anaheim has a .328 Series average with overall record being .338 by the Yankees in 7 games versus Pittsburgh in 1960.

    DARIN ERSTAD has hit safely in 13 of 14 games in this postseason…He has 23 hits in this postseason, 2 shy of the all-time record set by Atlanta's MARQUIS GRISSOM in 1995…DAVID ECKSTEIN has hit safely 12 of 14 contests overall in this postseason…GARRET ANDERSON has hit safely in his last 8 games of this postseason…BENJI GIL is 8-12 (.667) in this postseason…TROY GLAUS joins Anderson as the only Angels to hit safely in all 5 games of this Series…He has 7 homers in this postseason, matching BARRY BONDS' 2002 total for the most all-time…SCOTT SPIEZIO has 5 rbi in this Series and 16 in this postseason, the latter being 3 shy of the record set by Cleveland's SANDY ALOMAR, Jr. in 1997 and tying for 4th most ever…Spiezio is batting .714 (10-14) with runners in scoring position during this postseason. Highest average with RISP in a single postseason is .688 by Boston's MARTY BARRETT in 1988.

    ROBB NEN has 2 saves in this Series and 4 career saves in the Fall Classic, tying for 3rd 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 e/8 ip) in 9 appearances in this postseason. His 7 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 3rd most all-time behind MARIANO RIVERA (25) and DENNIS ECKERSLEY (15).

    FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, who entered the postseason with just 5 career major league appearances, is 5-1 with a 1.20 era (2 er/15 ip) in his 9 postseason appearances and has achieved some significant milestones along the way:

  • Has tied the record for wins in a single postseason, 1st set by Arizona's RANDY JOHNSON in 2001.
  • Is the 1st pitcher to ever record 5 wins in relief in a single postseason.
  • Became the youngest pitcher to ever win a World Series game with his victory in Game 2 at 20 years, 286 days.
  • Is the youngest player to appear in the World Series since 1996 and the youngest pitcher since 1970.
  • In the modern era, entered a World Series with the fewest career major league appearances since 1967, when Boston's KEN BRETT pitched in Game 7 vs. St. Louis with one lifetime regular season game under his belt.

    HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: The team with the home field advantage (potentially hosting 4 of 7 games) has been victorious in 14 of the last 16 World Series beginning in 1985. The exceptions were in 1992 (Toronto over Atlanta) and 1999 (New York over Atlanta). The last American League team to lose a fall classic with the home field advantage was the Yankees in 1981 as the A.L. club has won the World Championship the last 9 times in that situation.

    BACK-TO-BACK FOR THE NATIONAL LEAGUE: A Giants win this evening would give the National League consecutive World Series titles for the 1st time since a 4-year run from 1979-82. The winners in that span were Pittsburgh in 1979; Philadelphia in 1980; Los Angeles in 1981; and St. Louis in 1982. Beginning in 1983, the A.L. has captured 12 of 18 World Series played.

    FIRST PITCH: The ceremonial 1st pitch will be thrown by Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who played with the Angels from 1979-85 and had his number 29 retired by the club in 1986. Catching Carew's toss will be Kevin Uhlich, longtime Angels employee who is the club's Sr. Vice President, Business Operations. STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: Pop singer Brian McNight will sing the National Anthem. GOD BLESS AMERICA/TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: Dawn Davidson will sing the two songs during the 7th inning stretch.

    Major League Baseball General Managers Meeting: Will take place November 10-14 at the Westin Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona. No media credentials will be required. There will be a media workroom at the hotel.

    Baseball Winter Meetings: Will take place December 13-16 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Major League Baseball will be sending out information on how to obtain credentials as well as a hotel reservation form in the next few weeks.

    WORLD SERIES SHORTS: FELIX RODRIGUEZ has pitched in all 5 games of this Series, the 1st hurler to appear in the 1st 5 games of a single fall classic since Kansas City's DAN QUISENBERRY in 1980…Rodriguez has appeared in 12 of the Giants' 15 games in this postseason…Anaheim has 6 total stolen bases in the 1st 5 games, most for a team in the World Series since the Indians had 8 versus the Braves in 1995…The only player on the World Series rosters who has not appeared in a game in this fall classic is San Francisco catcher YORVIT TORREALBA…Anaheim's team earned run average through 5 games is 6.91….Current figure would be highest in a Series of any length since 7.57 for Philadelphia vs. Toronto in 6-game Series in 1993…The 1st 5 games of this Series have averaged 3:39…That is currently the 2nd longest average time of game in Series history to 3:46 in a 5-game Series between the Yankees and Mets in 2000…With a San Francisco win tonight, REGGIE SANDERS would become the 6th player to be on World Series champion teams in consecutive years with 2 different clubs…The others are ALLIE CLARK (Yankees in 1947; Indians in 1948); CLEM LABINE (Dodgers in 1959; Pirates in 1960); BILL SKOWRON (Yankees in 1962; Dodgers in 1963); DON GULLETT (Reds in 1976; Yankees in 1977); and JACK MORRIS (Twins in 1991; Blue Jays in 1992).

    TURN BACK THE CLOCK: Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Don't forget to turn the clocks back one hour tonight.

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