By Dinn Mann
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An update to our outline of scheduled coverage was just distributed to reporters in the main press box, the auxiliary press box and to the Editorial Production staff. What stands out is that our team will generate approximately 50 original pieces of content associated with this game. Much of that you will find on a page called the Wrapup, a space that gets updated for several hours after each game and is archived in the mini-scoreboard on the top right of our home page. That was a public service announcement on behalf of a hard-working and talented group. Speaking of talent, here's to the Giants, the Angels and, yes, LeAnn Rimes, who has just delivered a well-done rendition of our national anthem. The World Series is tied after four games. We're in for a rematch of Game 1: left-hander Jarrod Washburn of Anaheim vs. right-hander Jason Schmidt of San Francisco. Only, this one's at Pacific Bell Park. Bring it on.
Angels shortstop David Eckstein singles to center on 1 and 2, a nice cut on a pitch down in the strike zone. Jason Schmidt, the San Francisco starter, gets Darin Erstad to ground into a 4-6 force out (Jeff Kent to Rich Aurilia). That brings Tim Salmon to the plate. He takes the first pitch, a 95-mph fastball, on the outside corner for a strike. The next pitch, high heat, results in a swing and a miss. This is the 40th time a World Series has been tied at two games apiece. The home team has 22 fifth games (15 of the last 20) in a 2-2 Fall Classic, the visiting team 17. The winner of Game 5 after splitting the first two games has gone on to win it all 66.7 percent of the time (26 times). Schmidt strikes out Salmon, swinging, on an change-up. Two outs. Garret Anderson is up. He singles to left-center, a solid liner on a high-outside delivery, and Erstad puts on the brakes after rounding second quickly. Troy Glaus is the batter. The count is 0 and 1. Schmidt blows a fastball by Glaus for Strike 2. Ball 1 is high and inside, and Glaus hits the deck. It was close, but nothing to get upset about. Glaus steps out of the box, then fouls back a 1-2 offer. The count goes to 2 and 2, then Glaus strikes out, swinging at a terrific pitch near the inside part of the plate, the ball sailing a little up and in as the bat passes by.
Angels 0, Giants up to bat
Kenny Lofton, coming off a three-hit night in Game 4, leads off in a lefty-vs.-lefty duel with Jarrod Washburn. Lofton strokes a solid single the other way, a line drive that zips into left field. He gets the hit exactly one pitch after fouling a ball hard down the first-base side, a ball that a fan leans over the rail and attempts to catch (only to have a would-be souvenir kick off the heel of his glove in front of a prime-time audience). Rich Aurilia bats second. He sends a fly ball into right-center. Darin Erstad hustles over and, on the dead run, makes a nice play. Lofton has to speed back to first (he had rounded second on the near-extra-base hit) and gets there ahead of a slightly off-line throw. With one out and Lofton on first, Jeff Kent steps into the batter's box. The count goes to 0 and 2, then all the way full, and Kent walks on a pitch that's way low, so low that it gets away from catcher Bengie Molina, but Lofton wasn't running on the 3-2 pitch. So he's on second. Barry Bonds is the next hitter. He takes a breaking ball for Strike 1. The next two pitches are out of the strike zone. Are they pitching around the most dangerous hitter in the game once again? No. Bonds belts a changeup down the right-field line; it's a double, and Lofton scores while Kent is held at third. Bonds now has 15 RBIs this postseason (this is the Giants' 15th game in October 2002). Moments later, the lead swells to 2-0 on a medium-depth sacrifice fly to left by Benito Santiago. Left fielder Garret Anderson makes a throw that has no chance of beating Kent to the plate. Reggie Sanders, a right-handed hitter, is walked intentionally with Bonds at second. J.T. Snow is up. The count goes to 3 and 1, and Snow walks on a pitch in the dirt, loading the bases. Bud Black pays a visit to the mound before David Bell, who had the game-winning hit Wednesday, bats. Ball 1, way up. Ball 2, up and outside. Ball 3, low and in (that's 20 balls, nine strikes for Washburn this inning). Strike 1, taken. On 3 and 1, Washburn is wild high, walking in the third run of the first inning, surrendering a fourth walk already. Next at the plate is pitcher Jason Schmidt. The first two pitches are called strikes. The next is a swinging strike, retiring the side.
Giants 3, Angels 0
Bonds doubles to scores Lofton
Santiago's sac fly scores Kent
Washburn walks Bell with the bases loaded
The Angels scored a total of three runs in Jason Schmidt's Game 1 start, all against Schmidt, in 5 2/3 innings. Schmidt scattered nine hits, walked one and struck out six in that 4-3 San Francisco victory. Scott Spiezio leads off here for Anaheim, and Schmidt -- mixing speeds well -- records a three-pitch K (swinging) of the first baseman. One out. Adam Kennedy is next, and he taps out unassisted to Giants first baseman J.T. Snow. Bengie Molina becomes strikeout victim No. 4, swinging, at a fastball that's too high to hit.
Giants 3, Angels 0
So far, it's all Giants. Washburn has to start all over again against the top of the San Francisco order. Kenny Lofton hits a pop fly to the third-base side, in foul play, back, back, back and toward the stands. On the run, Anaheim's David Eckstein scurries a long way, but he misses the ball (no error is ruled, though, the shortstop probably will beat himself up over that one); it doinks off the palm of his glove. Lofton proceeds to single sharply to center. Rich Aurilia looks like he's going to continue Washburn's struggle, hitting a fly to center that slices toward right. There, center fielder Darin Erstad makes a replay-worthy diving catch. One out, a loud one. Jeff Kent bats, and he gets in on the solid-contact act, driving a long shot to right. Tim Salmon can't get to it; it's off the wall for a double. Because Salmon looked like he might have a chance for it, Lofton has to hesitate around the bases and is held up at third. Bonds is up. Bonds is on, walked intentionally yet again, putting a Giant on all three bases. Benito Santiago punishes the Angels for that move, smacking a two-run single to center. Erstad's throw to the plate catches on-deck hitter Reggie Sanders (who is near the left-hand batter's box, on his knees, instructing Bonds to slide) on a shoe, moving both Santiago and Bonds 90 feet closer to home (to second and third). Sanders follows that up with an RBI, a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Bonds and allowing Santiago to reach third. Santiago is 8 for 22 in the postseason when batting after a Bonds walk. J.T. Snow is the third out on a popout to shallow left-center, caught by Erstad, but made interesting briefly as three Angels were in the vicinity.
Giants 6, Angels 0
Reggie Sanders' sac fly scores Bonds
Santiago's single scores Lofton and Kent
Jarrod Washburn stays in the 6-0 game and, on 1 and 1, grounds out to short against Jason Schmidt, who has been terrific to this point. That said, David Eckstein is awarded first after Schmidt misses the strike zone on four pitches. A fifth consecutive pitch also misses the mark, as does a sixth. It's 2 and 0 to Darin Erstad, who takes Strike 1 down the middle as Eckstein steals second (no throw). Erstad swings and misses at a delivery that tails down and away as it approaches the plate. Erstad fights off an inside pitch, going the opposite way for a bloop single into left. Eckstein is on third. Erstad is on first. Tim Salmon is the hitter, and the count goes to 2 and 1, and Salmon swings and misses at a too-low-to-drive fastball. On 2 and 2, Schmidt strikes out Salmon for the second time tonight, this time sizzling a fastball on the upper, outer part of the plate that the Anaheim right-fielder swings under. Two outs. It's up to Garret Anderson. Schmidt, in front, 1 and 2, delivers a ball that bounces near the plate, off Benito Santiago, but not far enough away for Eckstein to score. Anderson then flies out to right.
Giants 6, Angels 0
David Bell leads off with a grounder to the hole between short and third. David Eckstein fields it on the grass, throwing off balance but having no chance to get Bell at first. The Giants' first hitter in an inning is on for the third time in as many chances against Jarrod Washburn tonight. San Francisco pitcher Jason Schmidt bunts Bell to second. Kenny Lofton is up. Quickly, he grounds out to first. Washburn is looking more relaxed. For the third time, Rich Aurilia flies out to center, in this example sending Darin Erstad just shy of the warning track.
Giants 6, Angels 0
The Angels have been held scoreless for the last nine innings, which is news for any lineup, but especially this one. Prior to that, their longest scoring drought lasted only six innings (in Game 1 and in Game 4 vs. Minnesota). Credit Bill Ladson for clicking through our one-stop shop for box scores (linked below the home page mini-scoreboard) for that information. Jason Schmidt, in command, strikes out Troy Glaus (swinging) on a 1-2 fastball. Scott Spiezio, a strikeout victim in his first at-bat, fouls off two 3-2 pitches and then walks on a very high Ball 4. Adam Kennedy is next, taking a ball, high and outside. Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti doesn't like what he sees and jogs out to the mound for a short visit. Kennedy, a left-handed batter, fouls off the next pitch. Kennedy, acquired (along with pitcher Kent Bottenfield) in a trade that sent Jim Edmonds to St. Louis in March 2000, was born and raised in Southern California. Kennedy, after fouling off several pitches, strikes out swinging on a tough pitch on the outside edge. That's seven whiffs vs. Schmidt. Bengie Molina becomes the final out, popping out to Jeff Kent at second.
Giants 6, Angels 0
Jeff Kent leads off, flying out to right. FOX has just shown Kent, the 2000 MVP, and Bonds, the 2001 MVP, in that dugout shoving match they had earlier this season. The broadcasters then talk about how Bonds is adamant that the club should re-sign his teammate. Somebody with a serious stick, after all, has to bat in front of Bonds. He's not crazy. Kent flies out to left. Meanwhile, beyond the wall in right, in McCovey Cove, the Taco Bell promotional float gets some camera time. Time's running out on a hit-it-here idea that, though improbable, would result in free crunch time for muchos Americans. Bonds flies out to left. Two up, two down for Jarrod Washburn, who, ironically, is enjoying his easiest start to an inning against the 3-4-5 San Francisco hitters. The typing of those words just about jinxes him. Benito Santiago sends a just-foul fly with home run distance to left. Washburn sighs. Santiago then grounds out to third.
Giants 6, Angels 0
Orlando Palmeiro, pinch hitting for pitcher Jarrod Washburn, delivers a double that one-hops into the wall in right. The brings the leadoff man, David Eckstein, to the plate. On a 2 and 1 pitch, Eckstein hits a high bouncer just wide of third. FOX broadcasters Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are talking about the crowded managerial merry-go-round that's spinning behind the scenes. Will Dusty Baker be in San Francisco next season? Will Lou Piniella hook up with Tampa Bay? What are the Cubs going to do? The Mets and 103-game-winner Art Howe look like they've got a deal that's all but official. Our reporters are all over that stuff. We encourage you to get caught up. Only, we urge you to do so while a World Series game is not in progress. Eckstein singles to left, and, with nobody out, Palmeiro moves all the way to third. Darin Erstad drives Palmeiro home with a warning-track sacrifice fly to right, interrupting a string of goose eggs for Anaheim. With one out, Salmon singles to center, and Eckstein motors to third, narrowly beating Kenny Lofton's throw. Garret Anderson bats. A wild pitch later, Eckstein comes scooting and diving into home, making it a four-run deficit. Anderson soon becomes Schmidt's eighth strikeout victim (swinging) on a pitch that's severely upstairs. Troy Glaus approaches the plate, and Salmon stands at second. On 3 and 1, Schmidt fires a 96 mph fastball over the inside part of the plate, taken, for Strike 2. The first 3-2 pitch is fouled back. The second is clobbered to left -- not high enough to be out of the park -- but firmly off the rearview mirror of a Chevron-ad car(toon) -- and it's a huge, two-out, run-scoring double. The San Francisco lead has been cut in half. It's 6-3, and the Angels have 13 outs to play with. At 2 and 1 on Anaheim first baseman Scott Spiezio, Schmidt has now thrown 100 pitches (66 for strikes). The count goes to 3-1, then Spiezio walks on a low-inside pitch. Baker, toothpick in mouth, makes his way out to the mound with little choice but to signal for a relief pitcher. Chad Zerbe, a left-hander, enters the game. Suddenly, the would-be tying run is at the plate for Anaheim, the eighth hitter in the inning (Adam Kennedy). Zerbe gets in front of the left-handed batter, 1 and 2, then Kennedy flies out to center.
Giants 6, Angels 3
Glaus doubles to score Salmon
Brendan Donnelly is on the mound for Anaheim. Reggie Sanders is his first foe. The count goes even, 2 and 2. Though, many will argue a 2-2 count is to the hitter's advantage and that 3-2 -- the situation where a ball means a walk and a strike means a strikeout -- represents even. But that's not worth the typing here. Sanders destroys a 2-2 pitch down the left field line, but it's hooking significantly, soaring foul near the pole. Donnelly strikes out Sanders, swinging, on the next pitch (a fastball across the outer part of the plate). J.T. Snow fouls a pitch painfully off himself (his back leg, on the left knee) before, a couple of pitches later, going down swinging on a delivery that dips low and away during Snow's cut. Now, it's Donnelly vs. David Bell with two outs and nobody on. Snow is shown getting attention from the trainer in the dugout. Snow played in only 101 games in 2001, enduring three trips to the disabled list -- the first three of his career -- but none because of any knee trouble. Bell pops out in foul territory to Scott Spiezio.
Giants 6, Angels 3
Bengie Molina greets Chad Zerbe with a hard-grounded single up the middle. Benji Gil pinch hits for Brendan Donnelly. On the second pitch, at 0 and 1, Gil scalds a sailing deep drive to center. Kenny Lofton is moving back -- and doesn't look to have the right angle, striding a tad too far to the left, just missing the tough but seemingly catchable hit. It's second and third with nobody out. David Eckstein is in a huge spot. So is Zerbe. So is everybody on the field. This is where the microscope is applied to every play. Eckstein taps out to short, easily scoring Molina, as Rich Aurilia fields it and records the out at first. The gap has narrowed on the scoreboard to 6-4. Darin Erstad steps into the left-handed batter's box. Gil is 90 feet away. Erstad bounces a little nubber down the first-base line. It's fielded by Zerbe, who tags Erstad and Gil remains on third. That's all for Zerbe. Dusty Baker brings in Felix Rodriguez to go after Tim Salmon, both righties, with two outs in a nail-biter situation. The appearance does not start well for Rodriguez, who falls behind 3 and 0. Salmon has a green light. The power-hitting right fielder sends a one-hopper to third, and David Bell throws him out, leading the San Francisco crowd into a greatly relieved chorus of cheers.
Giants 6, Angels 4
Tsuyoshi Shinjo, a double-switch addition (replacing right fielder Reggie Sanders) when Felix Rodriguez entered the game in the top of this inning, strikes out looking on a pitch over the outside part of the plate by Ben Weber, the new Anaheim pitcher. Kenny Lofton grounds out to second, the 11th consecutive batter retired by the Angels. That jinxes that. Rich Aurilia drills a single to left, the liner flying barely past Troy Glaus, his glove extending fully. That two-out hit gives Jeff Kent a chance to make noise, a chance to hit the way everybody knows he can. He couldn't pick a much better opportunity, an opportunity in which the game has gotten uncomfortably tight. And there it goes, a breaking ball that hangs too long. It's a smash toward left-center. Garret Anderson is back there. Does he have a chance? Maybe. No. He doesn't. Kent has a home run, a huge one, and he's smiling all the way around the bases. The lead is now four. Weber now has to face Barry Bonds, who can make it a five-run game with a routine flick of the wrist. Or, he can double to left-center, which he's just done. Bonds is on second. Benito Santiago approaches the plate. Anaheim elects to walk him, forcing a decision by the Giants because pitcher Felix Rodriguez is due up. San Francisco pinch hits for the right-handed reliever, sending Shawon Dunston to the plate. Weber gets in front, 1 and 2, then strikes out Dunston (swinging) on a tough inside pitch. Replays after Kent's homer show manager Dusty Baker high-fiving one of his kiddos, in uniform, in the dugout. That was one happy inning for the home team.
Giants 8, Angels 4
Kent launches a two-run shot
Over on the Giants broadcast (Gameday Audio is where we listen in), the announcers were making the excellent point that Shawon Dunston -- despite his strikeout -- effectively worked the count and took his sweet time stretching, allowing reliever Tim Worrell to get ready. Worrell, by the way, is in a postseason game for the 11th time (out of 15 San Francisco games) this October. He retires Garret Anderson on a popout in foul territory to David Bell. He strikes out Troy Glaus swinging on a low-and-away pitch. Worrell wraps up a 1-2-3 stint with a Scott Spiezio groundout to first, unassisted.
Giants 8, Angels 4
J.T. Snow, approaching for an at-bat for the first time since having his knee struck on a foul tip, sends a clean single to center. David Bell breaks a bat on a foul ball. Next, he's hit by an inside pitch. Ben Weber's still in the game, and he's in trouble. Tsuyoshi Shinjo makes it second and third with one out on a sacrifice bunt to the first-base side, the ball fielded and thrown to first by Weber. With Kenny Lofton batting, Weber throws a wild pitch. The ball caroms fortuitously for Anaheim back to catcher Bengie Molina off the backstop. Snow has to hold at third, and Bell scampers back to second. The count goes to 2 and 1 on Lofton, who gets the fat part of the bat on a pitch and sends it flying way back in right-center. At worst, it's going to be off the wall. No way Tim Salmon can catch it. The Lofton drive strikes the wall in right -- the part that looks like a suburban garage-door opening -- and he has a two-run triple. Snow and Bell cross the plate. And in a moment that supplies extraordinary comic relief, part sigh of relief, Snow shows exceptional fatherly instincts (he has a 4-year-old son of his own, Shane) scooping up Giants manager Dusty Baker's son (Darren, a 3-year-old) who has darted directly to home plate during the excitement. Snow, in the same moment he scores, carries Darren off to safety. In disbelief -- but thrilled with his team -- Baker reacts in the dugout, making an oh-no, hand-to-the-head gesture. Scot Shields enters the game for Anaheim, taking Ben Weber's place, as the entire stadium and viewing audience buzzes about the unusual scare involving the manager's adorable child. The game is back, and it's safe to assume Darren now has a human seat restraint keeping him off the field. Shields strikes out Rich Aurilia. But the Giants aren't finished. I'll say. Kent hits his second no-doubt-about-it home run of the game. The Angels are in too deep now. Barry Bonds keeps the hit parade humming with a single to center. Benito Santiago grounds out, retiring the side.
Giants 12, Angels 4
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Kent hits his second homer of the night
Adam Kennedy bounces out to first (he had been out front, 3 and 0), where J.T. Snow fields the ball as effectively as he fielded Darren Baker in the last half-inning. One out. Tim Worrell is still in the game, protecting a 12-4 seemingly sure thing. He gets Bengie Molina on a flyout to right. Shawn Wooten, a double-switch substitute from the seventh, grounds a single up the middle. That brings David Eckstein to the plate. Worrell strikes him out, swinging, and the Giants are pumped. The Angels would need a zoofull of rally monkeys to put a dent in this score. But we all know, a day off and a home crowd can make all the difference. Last year, the Diamondbacks won the last two games in Phoenix after looking like destiny's unchosen ones at Yankee Stadium, particularly in stunning Game 4 and Game 5 New York victories. It can change, and both teams realize that. Right now, San Francisco is riding a powerful California wave.
Giants 12, Angels 4
Scot Shields, a right-hander, is the Anaheim pitcher. He gets Pedro Feliz on a flyout to right. J.T. Snow gets the Giants' 14th hit of the night, this one a single to the right side. David Bell is in the box. The count goes to 2 and 2. The next pitch goes speeding up the middle, a foot or so over Shields' head, and San Francisco has runners on first and second. Tsuyoshi Shinjo is up. He hits a wicked grounder toward Troy Glaus at third -- a ball he takes a matador effort toward -- and it's an error, rolling into left. Snow comes diving into home plate, the coast clear in contrast to the last time he scored. He dives in, touching the plate with his left hand, beating the tag of Bengie Molina. It's first and second; still one out. Kenny Lofton grounds out on a nice play by Adam Kennedy at second; the second baseman fielded far over toward first, showing equal parts effort and range. Rich Aurilia shows the Giants aren't slowing down, either. The Giant shortstop jolts a ball to left, turning on a pitch for a home run that ties the World Series record for most home runs in a single Fall Classic (12). The Aurilia homer carried and carried, much to the disgust of Shields, who gets the final out on a flyball to left by Jeff Kent.
Giants 16, Angels 4
Game 5 has gone out of control. So deep is the Giants' dominance, that even the visiting Taco Bell float mentioned earlier out in McCovey Cove, is now mostly under water. Darin Erstad sinks, too, striking out on the first three pitches by Scott Eyre, a lefty. Alex Ochoa is next. He flies out to right on a 1-1 pitch. The looks' on the Angels' faces says it all. Garret Anderson grounds out to second, ending the game, and San Francisco fans keep stomping their approval of the 16-4 going-away party. The Giants, still, if they are going to win this Fall Classic, will have to do so in Anaheim. The Angels, certainly capable of regrouping, should be counted on to make Game 6 a totally different story. Remember the rally monkey. It works with Anaheim down in games. Maybe it will work in a World Series, too. We'll see, and that's the best part.
Final: Giants 16, Angels 4
Giants lead World Series, 3-2
Dinn Mann is editor-in-chief of MLB.com. Send questions, comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.