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World  Series
10/27/2002 11:38 pm 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


Chad Zerbe: Summoned into the game with two on and nobody out in the third, Zerbe was perfect, getting three ground-ball outs to end the inning and keep the Angels lead at 4-1.


Middle of the order: No. 5 hitter Benito Santiago, who singled twice and walked in four plate appearances, scored San Francisco's lone run, but struck out with two outs and one on in the eighth. No. 6 hitter J.T. Snow finished 3-for-4 and kept the Giants' hopes alive with a leadoff single in the ninth inning.


Barry Bonds: In the biggest game of his life, Bonds came up with one infield hit and a walk in four trips to the plate. And it wasn't because the Angels were intentionally walking him or pitching around him.


Livan Hernandez: San Francisco's Mr. October took the fall for the second time in the Series, allowing three runs on four hits in two innings. He gave up three runs on four hits, four walks and a hit batsman and left after loading the bases with no outs in the third. For the series, Hernandez was 0-2 with a 12.70 ERA. The Angels hit .360 (9-for-25) against Hernandez.


Top of the order: San Francisco's first four batters -- Kenny Lofton, Rich Aurilia, Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds -- were a combined 1-for-15 with no extra-base hits or RBIs.

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


John Lackey: Pitching on three days rest, the 24-year-old Lackey became the first rookie to win Game 7 of a World Series in 93 years. In five strong innings, the right-hander allowed only one run on four hits and a walk; he also fanned four in helping the Angels claim their first World Series championship in the history of the franchise.


Garret Anderson: Provided the big blow of the game with his only extra-base hit of the Series, a three-run double off Livan Hernandez in the third to give the Angels a 4-1 lead, a lead they would never relinquish.


Bengie Molina: The veteran catcher called an outstanding game, but also contributed a pair of doubles, including one that plated Scott Spiezio to tie the game, 1-1, in the second.


Francisco Rodriguez: "K-Rod" bounced back from his poor outing in Game 6 with an inspired effort in the eighth inning. Rodriguez sandwiched strikeouts to Rich Aurilia, Jeff Kent and Benito Santiago around a walk to Barry Bonds to deliver the Angels to the ninth innning, and Troy Percival, with a 4-1 lead.


Brendan Donnelly: Missed out on a chance to set the record for most innings pitched in a World Series without allowing a hit when he gave up a double to J.T. Snow in the sixth inning; that blow ended Donnelly's hitless string at 6 1/3 innings. But he did provide two scoreless innings in relief of starter John Lackey and was a big reason the Angels still enjoyed a 4-1 lead entering the eighth.

Jim Molony is a reporer 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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