09/30/2003 7:14 PM ET
Marlins-Giants Game 1 awards
By Mike Scarr / MLB.com
MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or, in this case, cable cars, in honor of San Francisco, and fish, in honor of those scrappy Marlins -- for performances in this year's National League Division Series.
Without further ado, here are the worthy recipients from Game 1 of the Marlins-Giants NL Division Series.
One fish: Sorry, Charlie
Two fish: Nice minnow
Three fish: Happy as a clam
Four fish: Starfish
Five fish: Whale of a performance
Josh Beckett: Beckett did not deserve to lose this game, his first postseason appearance. All the young right-hander did was go seven innings and allow one run on a throwing error by his third baseman. Beckett fanned nine Giants while walking five and giving up just a pair of base hits. Beckett showed his pluck in the fourth, when he walked Rich Aurilia and Barry Bonds to put two on with none out. After allowing his only run, Beckett got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out the next two batters to begin a run of nine straight outs.
Jack McKeon: As poster boy for the AARP, McKeon is not only the oldest manager to appear in a postseason game at age 72, he made his first playoff appearance in 13 seasons as a big-league manager. McKeon, who has also been a general manager in his career, was first a skipper for the 1973 Kansas City Royals and has spent time as manager with the A's, Padres and Reds before taking over early in this season with the Marlins.
Juan Encarnacion: Encarnacion took a hit and possible extra bases away from Ray Durham in the bottom of the fifth with a diving catch in shallow right-center field. Not only did that erase the leadoff hitter and record the first out of the inning, it allowed Beckett to retire the next two hitters and leave Barry Bonds on deck..
Ivan Rodriguez: Pudge got one of the Marlins' three base hits and kept his young pitcher in the game, especially in the fourth, when the Giants looked poised to blow it open.
One cable car: Stuck in Alcatraz
Two cable cars: Uphill climb
Three cable cars: San Francisco treat
Four cable cars: Golden (as in that bridge)
Five cable cars: Splash hit!
Jason Schmidt: Schmidt tossed a complete-game shutout in the opening game of the National League Division Series as the Giants defeated the Marlins, 2-0. Schmidt allowed just three hits and did not walk a batter while ringing up five punchouts. After Beckett laid down a sacrifice in the fifth, Schmidt set down the last 13 Marlins to come to the plate. It was the first complete-game shutout by a Giants pitcher in the postseason since Dave Dravecky shut out the Cardinals in 1987.
Edgardo Alfonzo: Fonzie pulled off the biggest surprise of the game. With two on and none out in the bottom of the fourth, he laid down a perfect bunt down the third-base line. Not only did Alfonzo beat the throw for an infield single, Miguel Cabrera's throw was off the mark, allowing Rich Aurilia to score the game's first run. Then, in the eighth, Alfonzo cashed in some insurance with an RBI double that scored Barry Bonds.
Barry Bonds: Bonds' bat was not a factor -- or was it? Bonds walked three times in Game 1, twice intentionally. With two gone and the bases empty in the eighth, Bonds was given the intentional pass. That's when he decided to do it with his legs, stealing second and scoring on Alfonzo's double over Juan Pierre's head in center.
Rich Aurilia: Aurilia worked a full-count walk from Josh Beckett in the fourth. After advancing to second when Bonds walked, Aurilia scored the Giants' first run on Alfonzo's infield single and Cabrera's throwing error. Aurilia loses a point for his bobble of a possible double-play ball in the top of the sixth.
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.