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Angels bang out 16 hits, take 2-1 World Series lead

10/23/2002

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- They were relentless. At the plate, on the
bases.

The Anaheim Angels had their own idea of how to party at Pac
Bell Park.

Scott Spiezio, Darin Erstad and the Angels trampled San
Francisco 10-4 Tuesday night, crashing the Giants' homecoming and
taking a 2-1 lead in the World Series.

''I'm not going to say I'm surprised because I think if we can
keep pressuring clubs the way we've been doing all year and in the
playoffs, you have the potential to do something like we did
tonight,'' Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said.

What they did was wreck the night for a pumped-up crowd that
came to see its first World Series in this park and in the Bay area
since the ''Earthquake Series'' of 1989.

Tony Bennett serenaded fans with his signature song, Willie Mays
threw out the first ball and Barry Bonds hit another huge home run.

Trouble was, the Angels left neither their bats nor their hearts
back in Anaheim.

Spiezio drove in three runs, Erstad had three hits and the
Angels battered Livan Hernandez, the postseason ace who recently
boasted, ''I never lose in October.''

The Angels became the first team in Series history to bat around
in consecutive innings, with a torrent of hits, walks and steals
making it 8-1 in the fourth.

''Everybody knows that one run isn't enough, two runs aren't
enough,'' Spiezio said. ''No matter how many runs we score, we're
going to go up there and act like that's the biggest at-bat we've
ever had.''

Suddenly, the lines at the wine stands and garlic fries counter
got a little longer. This party, San Francisco-style, was all but
over for the 42,707 fans. Even the guy who climbed the mast of a
sailboat bobbing in McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall soon
was gone.

''We're just not keeping pace with the Angels right now. We're
embarrassed a little bit today, but we'll come back from it,''
Giants second baseman Jeff Kent said. ''We always do.''

The Angels finished with 16 hits in keeping up a familiar
pattern. They've lost the opener in all three of their postseason
series this year, then didn't lose again. After dropping Game 1 to
the Giants, they came back to win 11-10.

''We've been through tough times before,'' Erstad said. ''We
have it rolling right now.''

And that added up to disappointment for the Giants, who listened
to Bennett sing ''I Left My Heart in San Francisco'' from the mound
before the first pitch.

''It was a tough night for us,'' San Francisco manager Dusty
Baker said. ''They were hitting. They've been hitting the last two
games. I don't know, hopefully they hit themselves out, I hope.''

Bonds did his best, becoming the first player to homer in his
first three Series games. His 437-foot, two-run shot to center
field came in the fifth, the same inning Rich Aurilia connected for
the Giants, but only made it 8-4.

''We just didn't pitch well, that's it. Bottom line,'' Bonds
said.

Bonds set a postseason record with his seventh home run and also
drew two more walks.

With 13 homers already, Anaheim and San Francisco are only four
short of the record for any Series. The long balls are sure to
further increase speculation that juiced balls are being used,
though commissioner Bud Selig insists it's not so.

Rather, the Angels proved little ball works just fine, too --
especially at the major league park where the fewest homers were
hit this year.

''We scored a lot of runs today and we didn't hit any home runs.
We have a lot of guys that are gap hitters,'' Spiezio said.

Every Angels starter except winning pitcher Ramon Ortiz got a
hit. No DH, no worry. And they coasted despite setting a
nine-inning Series record by leaving 15 runners on base.

''We want everyone to be a part of it,'' Angels slugger Troy
Glaus said. ''We're not trying to hit home runs, we just want to
keep the line moving.''

Hernandez was chased after 3 2/3 innings, the worst start of a
glittery postseason career that had seen him go 6-0. Instead, he
looked like the pitcher who tied for the NL lead in losses, which
he did with 16.

Now, John Lackey will start for the Angels in Game 4 Wednesday
night. He'll be pitching on his 24th birthday against Kirk Rueter.

The fans were ready for fun from the start. After Bennett sang
the city's favorite song, Mays threw out the ball to Bonds, his
godson.

The Angels scored four times in third and four more in the
fourth for an 8-1 lead. Spiezio, who dyed Angel red streaks into
his hair and goatee before Game 1, was in the middle of both big
innings.

After an error by sure-handed third baseman David Bell paved the
way in the third, Spiezio lined a two-run triple to the deepest
part of the field. The ball rolled to the 421-foot mark at the
oddly angled corner in right-center field, and a really fast runner
might've had a chance at the first Series inside-the-park homer
since Mule Haas of the Philadelphia Athletics did it in 1929.

''It seemed like my legs weren't moving that fast,'' Spiezio
said.

Hernandez was pulled after Garret Anderson's RBI grounder in the
fourth, set up when the Angels alertly pulled a double steal after
the Giants' infield overshifted to the right side.

The Angels poured it on with hits against -- and off -- reliever
Jay Witasick. Spiezio pulled a ball to right, Adam Kennedy hit a
liner off Witasick's right elbow and Bengie Molina delivered
Anaheim's third straight RBI single.

David Eckstein hit an RBI single in the sixth and the Angels
added a run in the eighth when the Giants botched a comebacker.

Benito Santiago gave San Francisco a 1-0 lead in the first with
a slow groundout. The Angels intentionally walked Bonds with one
out and runners at first and third to bring up Santiago.

''We didn't really want Barry to have a chance early to break it
open,'' Scioscia said.

Game notes
Bonds joined Hank Bauer as the only players to homer in the
first three games of any Series. Bauer did it for the Yankees in
1958. ... Giants Hall of Famers Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and
Orlando Cepeda also took part in the first-pitch festivities. ...
Two other pitchers have started a Series game on their birthday:
Pittsburgh's Brickyard Kennedy lost to Cy Young in 1903 and
Brooklyn's Johnny Podres beat the Yankees in 1955. ... The Angels
have batted around six times in this postseason.