10/26/2002 11:59 pm ET
Bonds makes more playoff history
Retakes postseason HR mark, sets Series walk mark
By Chris Shuttlesworth / MLB.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Barry Bonds has said he doesn't keep track of records. Good thing, since he could have trouble keeping up with all the marks he's establishing during the 2002 playoffs.
After Anaheim's Troy Glaus pulled into a tie for most homers in one postseason with his seventh in Wednesday's Game 4, Bonds reclaimed the record Saturday by clubbing his eighth of the postseason in the sixth inning of Game 6.
Bonds' massive solo shot well into the right-field bleachers off Francisco Rodriguez gave the Giants a four-run lead, but Anaheim eventually stormed back for a 6-5 victory to force a decisive Game 7. The homer was Bonds' fourth of the World Series and the Giants' 14th, which tops
the 1956 Yankees' old record of 12 for most by one team in a World Series.
The Giants and Angels have combined for 21 longballs during the 2002 World Series, breaking the mark of 17 established in the 1953, 1955 and 1977 Fall Classics. Glaus, Bonds and Jeff Kent each have three or more homers this World Series, the first time that has ever happened.
Reggie Jackson holds the record for most homers by one player in a World Series, clubbing five in 1977. Including Bonds, seven other players have hit four in one Fall Classic, most recently Len Dykstra in 1993. Duke Snider did it twice for the Dodgers, in 1952 and 1955.
Bonds hit three homers in the Division Series and one in the NLCS. His World Series Game 1 homer was one of two hit by the Giants in the second inning, and his Game 2 blast was a 485-foot monster shot off Troy Percival in the ninth inning.
In Game 3, he hit a two-run shot in a losing effort, but he only got one chance to swing the bat in Game 4, as Anaheim intentionally walked him in three of his four trips to the plate.
||Barry's Record Assault|
| 8||Most HR in a postseason|
|26||Most BB in a postseason|
|13||Most IBB in a postseason|
|12||Most BB in a World Series|
| 7||Most IBB in a World Series|
| 7||Tied for most career IBB in World Series|
In the first inning of Game 6, Bonds earned his seventh intentional walk of the World Series and 13th of the postseason, both Major League records. It also tied him with Bernie Williams for most career intentional walks in the World Series.
He walked again, not intentionally, in the fourth, extending his record for walks in one postseason to 26 and giving him the record for most free passes in one World Series, topping Babe Ruth (1926) and Gene Tenace (1973). Both Ruth and Tenace walked 11 times in seven-game series, while Bonds now has 12 in the six games played so far in 2002.
With Bonds' Game 6 tater, San Francisco extended its record for most team homers in one postseason with 26. After hitting two homers Saturday night, the Angels remain in second with 24.
Several other World Series records are within Bonds' reach. He ended the game batting .500, which would tie him for the highest average in a Series of more than four games. He also boasts a 1.500 slugging percentage, well above the record 1.250 for a Series of more than four games established by Reggie Jackson in 1977, and Bonds' .731 on-base percentage would easily top Lou Gehrig's .706 mark in 1928.
Chris Shuttlesworth is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its