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World  Series
10/27/2002 00:09 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.
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


Russ Ortiz: Ortiz turned in an outstanding outing and was in line to pick up the win before the Rally Monkey did her dance. Ortiz pitched six shutout innings, retiring 15 of the first 17 batters he faced, but left the game after giving up back-to-back singles with one out in the seventh. Ortiz's line: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K.


Barry Bonds: Went mano-a-mano with Anaheim phenom Francisco Rodriguez and hit a towering home run off the 20-year-old to put the Giants ahead, 4-0, in the sixth. The homer was the eighth of the postseason for Bonds, a Major League record, and he also walked twice, giving him 12 to break the World Series record set by Babe Ruth (11) and tied by Gene Tenace. Would have been a perfect night for Bonds, were it not for his error on a ball hit by Garret Anderson that enabled Chone Figgins to reach third base. Figgins scored the tying run moments later.


Shawon Duston: Dunston came to the plate in the fifth inning having collected one hit -- a single -- in seven previous World Series at-bats and not having hit a home run since April 15. But the 39-year-old came up with the biggest hit of his career when he belted a 1-1 fastball over the left field fence to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.


Bullpen: Had a 5-0 lead in the seventh inning, but Felix Rodriguez, Scott Eyre, Tim Worrell and Robb Nen couldn't protect San Francisco's advantage, and now the series is headed to Game 7.

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: Capped the Angels' winning rally with a two-run double in the eighth that gave Anaheim a 6-5 lead. Glaus reached base three times and finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.


Scott Spiezio: Angels first baseman and lead singer of the rock group Sandfrog slammed a three-run homer to get Anaheim back in the game in the seventh.


Bullpen: K-Rod got kayoed, but Brendan Donnelly (the winner) and Troy Percival (7-for-7 in postseason save opportunities) slammed the door on San Francisco to put the Angels in position to win it late.


Darin Erstad: Though it was his only hit on the evening, Erstad snapped a 1-for-12 slide and started the key rally with a home run to lead off the eighth.


Francisco Rodriguez: On a night when he was far from his usual dominating self, Rodriguez came in with Anaheim trailing 2-0 in the fifth and uncorked a wild pitch on a two-out, 0-2 delivery to Jeff Kent that allowed Kenny Lofton to score from third base. Rodriguez also surrendered a long home run to Barry Bonds and was touched for another run on a Kent RBI single in the seventh that gave San Francisco a 5-0 lead.


Kevin Appier: Allowed a single and no runs through 4 1/3 innings, then unraveled like a ball of yarn. In the span of five pitches, Appier went from a two-hit shutout to trailing 3-0 to being pulled from the game.


David Eckstein: Went 0-for-4 and ended an Anaheim rally in the seventh, when, representing the tying run, he came up to the plate with one on and two out and flied out weakly to right field.

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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