|Angels at Giants, Game 3|
By Dinn Mann
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Pacific Bell Park is as majestic as it gets. San Francisco is breathtaking, even on a drizzly afternoon. The Giants and Angels are here for three games in this, the 98th World Series. Livan Hernandez of San Francisco against Ramon Ortiz of Anaheim. Those two have the unenviable task of trying to contain two rocking-and-rolling offenses, of trying to cause at least a brief power outage now that the Series has left Edison Field. The view from behind home plate is spectacular, oceanfront property. The setting in McCovey Cove -- fast becoming Bonds Bay -- is unlike anything else in sports. Tony Bennett is singing "America The Beautiful" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" (the latter not televised). Both were prime-time quality. He's one classy dude. The music is over now. Time to play. The Fall Classic is tied after two games for the 50th time in history. The journey continues.
Kenny Lofton tries to get things started for San Francisco, and he does exactly that. Ramon Ortiz walks him on six pitches. On a 1-1 pitch for a strike, Lofton is nearly picked off by catcher Bengie Molina. Lofton, however, earns the safe call thanks to a crafty arm move and an unsuccessful tag by Scott Spiezio. Another similar pickoff move also almost gets Lofton. On a swinging strikeout of Rich Aurilia, Lofton steals second (and easily could have been called out there, as slow-motion replays reveal a tag on the back an eyelash before Lofton's hand reaches the bag). One out, man on second, and that's the opportunity that greets Jeff Kent. Ortiz gets way out front, 0 and 2, then 1-2, then takes the count even with an up-and-away delivery. Next, a checked-swing one-hopper kicks off the heel of Ortiz's glove (the pitcher had followed through on his delivery and was off balance toward the first-base side as he reached back). It's a play Ortiz should have made, but it's ruled a hit (the ball caromed into unplayable space between first and second). That brings up Barry Bonds. And you know what that means: Ball 1, Ball 2, Ball 3, Ball 4 -- intentional walk. Quickly, on the first pitch, Benito Santiago hits a trickling grounder to second that results in a fielder's-choice out at first and a run scored. J.T. Snow follows that with a half-swing groundout to the mound. So, a bases-loaded, one-out situation results in one run for the home team but no more. Giants 1, Angels 0
By this time last game, five runs had been scored by the Angels. Garret Anderson grounds out on an 0-1 pitch. The ball is fielded by J.T. Snow (moving nicely to his right at first), with Livan Hernandez covering the bag. Troy Glaus, the Anaheim third baseman, steps into the box one homer shy (as is Bonds) of the all-time mark for home runs in a single postseason. And there goes a drive to deep left field, down the line, hooking, hooking, hooking -- foul. On 3 and 2, Glaus lifts a deep fly to right-center, where Kenny Lofton makes it somewhat interesting with a backpedaling technique as he records the warning-track out. Scott Spiezio is the hitter, and the count goes to 2 and 2, with an outside breaking ball taken. Ball three. And after a foul, a fastball is taken, low, giving the Angels their first base runner. Adam Kennedy slices a double down the right-field line (a ground-rule job that bounced into the stands on the foul-side of the fair pole). Good thing for Spiezio the ball left the playing field because he held up momentarily at second on the play, despite the two-out situation. The Giants no-brainerly walk Bengie Molina (not exactly a terrifying hitter) to pitch to Ramon Ortiz, who, unfortunately for the Angels is a candy-from-a-baby batter. Hernandez strikes him out on three pitches. Giants 1, Angels 0
Reggie Sanders leads off, and Ramon Ortiz sits him down with a swinging strikeout (with Sanders looking uncharacteristically like Ortiz in the batter's box). David Bell is next against the Anaheim right-hander, and Ortiz walks him, nearly hitting him with Ball 4. Livan Hernandez bunts Bell to second. Kenny Lofton taps into a routine out at first. End of threat. In a National League park, the game is moving at a National League pace. Whaddya know. Giants 1, Angels 0
Billy Crystal, Ray Liotta and Robin Williams -- shown in the stands this evening wearing Oakley sunglasses with fire-red lenses (unless my eyes are mistaken) and not in the garb of a favorite San Francisco-based character, Mrs. Doubtfire -- will be on hand Wednesday night to take part in the unveiling of Major League Baseball's Most Memorable Moments. No. 1 hitter David Eckstein is up. He walks on six pitches. That brings Darin Erstad to the plate. It's 3 and 1. Hitter's count, all the way, and it shows. Erstad strokes a double down the right-field line -- well above the glove of J.T. Snow at first -- and it takes a Giant-friendly hop in the corner, leading to a stop sign at third for Eckstein. That creates a huge spot for both Livan Hernandez, the pitcher, and batter Tim Salmon, playing right field tonight. On 0 and 2, Salmon takes a close pitch for Ball 1. The next pitch darts low and away. On 2-2, Salmon hits a hard, high-hopping grounder to third. The ball eats up David Bell -- the run would have scored anyway -- but worse for the Giants, Salmon is safe at first on a late, low throw. It's an error on Bell and an RBI for Salmon. Erstad does not, however, advance to third. Garret Anderson approaches the plate with runners on first and second and flies out to Barry Bonds in left. That brings Troy Glaus into the picture. And speaking of pictures, Glaus pops a ball foul into the photographers' well, where Bell tries but can't reach it. The count is 1 and 1 with one out. Hernandez fires a mistake pitch -- a standup slider that barely moves -- but doesn't capitalize, fouling it high down the left-field line and harmlessly into the stands. Glaus looks deflated after that missed chance. It's 2 and 2 now. Glaus takes Ball 3, low and away. With the base runners on the move, Glaus lines a single over the head of Rich Aurilia (about a foot over his glove, and to the shortstop's right). Erstad scores, and Salmon advances to third. It is during Scott Spiezio's at-bat that Jay Witasick, a right-hander, is shown warming up in the San Francisco bullpen. Hernandez has thrown 62 pitches already. So much for that National League pace. Spiezio spanks a shot to right-center, rolling all the way to the wall -- with right-fielder Reggie Sanders giving chase all the way to the B of A sign -- and both runners scoring. It's a triple for Spiezio, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound man who has a grand total of 13 triples in 774 career regular-season games. Adam Kennedy strikes out swinging. Catcher Bengie Molina, batting .194 entering this game and a .245 hitter in the regular season, is intentionally walked for the second time in as many at-bats tonight. That's because his batterymate, Ramon Ortiz (0 for 15 in career at-bats, with six strikeouts, including his first World Series whiff), is on deck. Ortiz becomes an interesting, challenging third out on a grounder to the third-base side of the mound. But he's an out nonetheless. Angels 4, Giants 1
Eckstein scores on error by David Bell
Robin Williams talks to MLB.com's Ben Platt
Ramon Ortiz has the 2-3-4 San Francisco hitters staring him in the face. Rich Aurilia gets things going with a ringing single to left. Jeff Kent, batting .111 through Games 1 and 2, follows that up with a popout in foul territory to first baseman Scott Spiezio. Now, it's Barry Bonds' turn. A replay is shown of Bonds' nearly 500-foot home run in the ninth inning of Game 2. ''That's the fartheset ball I've ever seen hit,'' is what Tim Salmon says at that moment from the Anaheim dugout. This at-bat would have the opposite result, or close to it. Bonds strikes out on three pitches, taking the first right down the middle. The next two were tough, good deliveries down in the zone. Benito Santiago ends the half-inning with a groundout to third. Angels 4, Giants 1
David Eckstein leads off for the third time tonight. This time, he grounds out to short, a two-hopper, on an 0-1 pitch. Darin Erstad bats second. He promptly singles up the middle. Tim Salmon steps into the box. It's 55 degrees (feels like 51, weather.com says), and Livan Hernandez is not looking comfortable. He falls behind, 3 and 0, to Salmon, then walks him on a pitch that's a little high and outside. Manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Dave Righetti are shown in pouncing position, or so it seems, contemplating a pitching change. Meanwhile, Hernandez stays in, and the Angels proceed to swipe second and third. No throw, no chance. The count slips to 3 and 2 on Garret Anderson. Troy Glaus is on deck. Anderson grounds out to J.T. Snow, who is playing back, allowing Erstad, who was running on contact, to score. It's 5-1, and that's the end of the line for Hernandez, who entered the game with a 6-0 record and a 2.84 ERA in the eight previous postseason appearances of his career. Hernandez, it should be mentioned, had a 12-16 record with 4.38 ERA in the regular season. Troy Glaus bats against the new San Francisco pitcher, Jay Witasick, with two outs and Salmon on third. Glaus checks his swing and walks on a 3-2 pitch that curves a little outside. Scott Spiezio gets his third RBI of the night on a two-out single to right just past the diving Jeff Kent at second. The Angels' offense is relentless, taking advantage of two walks, and closing the book on Hernandez for the night. Anaheim gets even meaner on the next at-bat: Adam Kennedy cracks a liner that ricochets off the pitching arm (at the elbow) of Witasick and into left field, driving home Glaus from second. With two outs and runners on first and second, Witasick stays in, and it looks like he's going to pitch to Bengie Molina, the catcher who had been intentionally walked twice tonight. It should have happened again. Witasick surrenders a high-lined single to the opposite field, right. It's another run for the visitors. Pacific Bell Park quiet. Witasick turns up the volume somewhat with a strikeout of Ramon Ortiz. Angels 8, Giants 1
Anderson RBI makes it 5-1
Scott Spiezio drives in Tim Salmon
Adam Kennedy's RBI gives the Angels a 7-1 lead
J.T. Snow leads off against Ramon Ortiz, an extremely hittable starter who has limited San Francisco to one run and two hits. Snow grounds out to first. Reggie Sanders pops out to first, with Scott Spiezio squeezing the catch in foul ground near the bag (keeping his concentration despite nearly getting sideswiped by Sanders as the Giant helplessly runs out the play). David Bell, if nothing else, gets Ortiz's pitch count substantially elevated, fouling off six consecutive pitches and then, on 3-2, walking on a ball in the dirt. Pedro Feliz makes a pinch-hit appearance, batting instead of reliever Jay Witasick. The count goes to 3 and 2 again, and Ortiz is clocked in the low 90s -- the third ball (on 2-2) is just out of the zone, low. Feliz flies out uneventfully to left, and the Giants have left a fifth runner on base. Angels 8, Giants 1 Top 5
David Eckstein grounds out to short. Darin Erstad gets his third consecutive hit, this one a blooper to center. The new pitcher for San Francisco is Aaron Fultz, a sixth-round draft pick in 1992. Tim Salmon flies out to left. That's two outs recorded by the father of two boys. Fultz gives up a single to right by Garret Anderson next, setting up another RBI chance for the Angels and the big-swinging Troy Glaus. This time, Glaus pops out to shallow right. Angels 8, Giants 1 Bottom 5
The top of the order greets Ramon Ortiz. Kenny Lofton creates some noise with a drive to deep right, but it's caught on the warning track by Tim Salmon. The next batter, Rich Aurilia, makes promising contact, too. Not only that, this swing fulfills. Aurilia crushes a home run to left -- his fifth tater of this October. There's still a long way to go. Jeff Kent smashes a single to left. And guess who's coming to the batter's box? Barry Bonds is. Ortiz is pitching to him. I repeat, Ortiz is pitching to him. Goodbye, baseball. Bonds drives a 1-1 pitch over the wall in straightaway center. That's a record-setting rocket. Bonds has seven home runs this postseason. He is the first player ever to homer in the first three World Series games of his career (but then, you knew that already). Bada-bing, Bada-Bonds. The replay shows him admiring it with nine or 10 slow-walk steps up the first-base line. It's hard to blame him, but one gets the feeling Anaheim might take offense. Benito Santiago grounds out to short. J.T. Snow flies out to left. Inning over. But: Game on. Angels 8, Giants 4
Aurilia's solo home run
Bonds rocket cuts Angels' lead by two
Scott Spiezio grounds out to short. Adam Kennedy steps in. But first, more on Barry Bonds, who hit the ball 437 feet in the bottom of the last inning, keeping fans tuned in everywhere, presumably. Only three other players hit home runs in their first two World Series games of their careers. They were: Jimmie Foxx in 1929, Dusty Rhodes in 1954 and Ted Simmons in 1982. Their streaks ended at two. Kennedy gets hit by a pitch. Aaron Fultz is on the mound still for the Giants. To Sue, who sent an e-mail asking why Dusty Baker leaves his pitchers in after it's clear they've lost their effectiveness, count on the manager being asked about that post-game by one of our reporters. Bengie Molina walks. Shawn Wooten pinch-hits for Ramon Ortiz (so, Mike Scioscia has given his starter the hook after the three-run fifth), and Wooten fouls out to first baseman J.T. Snow. But Fultz isn't out of hot water yet. David Eckstein gets a huge two-out hit, a line drive up the middle that gives Anaheim its ninth run. Darin Erstad is retired on a soft looping liner that's caught by Rich Aurilia. Angels 9, Giants 4 Bottom 6
Brendan Donnelly has entered the game for Anaheim. He's a 31-year-old right-hander and a native of Washington, D.C. It's difficult to think of that area these days without a offering up a concerned sigh and having hands-clasped thoughts. The games, after all, aren't a total escape from current events. But you're not here to read about that. Reggie Sanders flies out to right field. That brings up David Bell, the San Francisco third baseman who attended the well-known Moeller High (Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin are among its alumni). Bell works the count full and fouls off several pitches before earning another walk (his third of the game). With one out, Shawon Dunston bats. Dunston flies out to shallow left-center. Man on first, two outs. Kenny Lofton is at the plate. He pops out to shallow center, where shortstop David Eckstein makes the easy grab. Angels 9, Giants 4 Top 7
Felix Rodriguez is on the hill for San Francisco. All the popups hit tonight have a Hitchcock Bay Area flick written all over them: Vertigo. The Angels' offense has been more scary than even the Master of Suspense's stuff. Case in point: Tim Salmon has just doubled to left. Rodriguez gets the next two batters, though: Garret Anderson and Troy Glaus, both on routine flies to center. And Kenny Lofton gets the final out that way, too, recording it with a catch in center. Angels 9, Giants 4 Bottom 7
OK. Nine outs to go. Five runs down. The Giants' fans are making noise. The Giants' biggest bats will try to make it even louder. The 2-3-4 hitters (Rich Aurilia, Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds) are due up against Brendan Donnelly, who starts Aurilia off with a 3-and-1 count. Aurilia shows bunt, planning to take the pitch, and watches it go by for a strike on the inside part of the plate. On 3 and 2, Aurilia flies out to center. It's Kent's turn. Kent, who played college ball at Cal, flies out to center as well. The bases are empty for Bonds, who, neverthless, walks on four pitches. In fairness to Donnelly, the first pitch was quite close. Benito Santiago leaves Bonds stranded, popping out to short on the first pitch. Angels 9, Giants 4 Top 8
San Francisco has a new pitcher, left-hander Scott Eyre. Adam Kennedy lifts a deep fly to left that carries and carries. Barry Bonds camps under it on the warning track, catching it there for out No. 1. Catcher Bengie Molina bats next. He hits an inexpensive single to center. You know the saying, that'll look like a line drive in the box score. Not true. Molina's singles raise the possibility that the baseballs are softer -- not livelier -- in this World Series. Benji Gil follows that hit with a clean single to left. So it's a first-and-second situation for David Eckstein. The Anaheim shortstop puts his entire body (all 170 pounds of it) into an opposite-field swing. The ball is grounded to the second-base side of first baseman J.T. Snow, who fields it. Trouble is, Eyre doesn't get to the bag in time as Eckstein races to the base, earning an infield hit. The Giants are looking out of it, not sharp. See what I mean: Darin Erstad bounces one to the mound, Eyre throws it to the plate, trying to start a 1-2-3 double play, but catcher Benito Santiago doesn't make the one-handed catch of an eye-high throw that's across the catcher's body (ruled an error on Santiago after much angst, as it should have been). A run (Molina) scores. On the bright side for San Francisco: Gil is caught in a rundown and tagged out. With two outs, Tim Salmon is intentionally walked to load the bases. Garret Anderson flies out to center, bringing the Giants to bat. Angels 10, Giants 4 Bottom 8
The score could be worse. Anaheim has stranded 15 runners. J.T. Snow has an encouraging start to the home half of the eighth. He singles the other way, a grounder down the third-base line. Reggie Sanders hits a blooping liner that, off the bat was promising but, a second or two later, was secure in the glove of shortstop David Eckstein. It gets uglier for the Giant crowd. David Bell grounds into a hard-hit but easy 6-4-3 double play. Angels 10, Giants 4 Top 9
Troy Glaus gets the Angels' 16th hit -- this liner looking like a 4-iron shot as it sails comfortably high and floats into center field. Scott Spiezio erases Glaus, and himself, grounding into a 6-4-3 double play (nicely started by Rich Aurilia). Scott Eyre now faces Adam Kennedy, who strikes out looking at a 1-2 pitch that catches the lower-outside part of the plate. And Kennedy knows it, mad at himself afterward. But he has to be happy with the score. Angels 10, Giants 4 Bottom 9
Scott Schoeneweis, on for his second inning of work, strikes out pinch hitter Ramon Martinez (swinging, on 1 and 2). Kenny Lofton, hitless tonight (0 for 3 with a walk), flies out to shallow center. The Angels are one out away from a 2-1 World Series lead. Rich Aurilia, swinging from his heels, misses badly on a 1-0 pitch f rom the left-handed Angel who's throwing 93 mph. On 1 and 2, Schoeneweis shows Aurilia the door, a swinging door on a fastball strikeout. Anaheim is in the driver's seat, it appears, assuring this Fall Classic cannot end at Pacific Bell Park unless the Angels win it in the next two days.
Final: Angels 10, Giants 4 (good buddy)
Angels lead series, 2-1 Dinn Mann is editor-in-chief of MLB.com. Send questions, comments and suggestions to email@example.com.
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