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Washburned again

Giants pound Angels' ace for six runs in two innings

Posted: Friday October 25, 2002 12:24 AM
Updated: Friday October 25, 2002 5:43 AM
  Jarrod Washburn Jarrod Washburn allowed 11 baserunners and saw his ERA in the Series climb to 9.31. AP

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jarrod Washburn unraveled at the start, and the Anaheim Angels never recovered.

Now, they must beat the San Francisco Giants twice in a row when they return to Anaheim or lose in their first World Series appearance.

The Giants took a 6-0 lead against the Anaheim ace in the first two innings Thursday night and went on to beat the Angels 16-4 for a 3-2 lead entering Game 6 on Saturday at Edison Field.

"It was not a good way to start the game. It was too big a hole for us to dig out of," Washburn said. "I have no excuses. I made some mistakes, they hit some good pitches.

"For the most part, I was terrible."

The Angels' fate now lies in the suspect hands of right-hander Kevin Appier, who has struggled in four postseason starts.

"Hopefully, I'll have my best stuff, my best command," he said.

Appier will face Russ Ortiz in a rematch of the Game 2 starters.

The Giants scored three runs in each of the first two innings off Washburn on five hits and an uncharacteristic five walks -- the most allowed by the 28-year-old left-hander in a game since April 27, 2001.

Three of the walks came in succession -- to Reggie Sanders, J.T. Snow and David Bell -- forcing across the Giants' third run.

The three straight walks tied a Series record, as did Washburn's four first-inning walks. Both have now happened eight times.

"It's late in the year, I feel tired," Washburn said. "I'm sure every pitcher on both sides feels the same way. Tired or not, I'm expected to go out and do my job. I didn't do it."

The walk to Snow was intentional, as was a second-inning walk to Barry Bonds, which preceded Benito Santiago's two-run single.

Washburn gave up an RBI double to Bonds in the first to put San Francisco ahead for good.

Bonds homered off Washburn in his first at-bat of Game 1, which the Giants won 4-3.

Washburn's five walks equaled his total in 24 2/3 previous postseason innings. He went 18-6 with a 3.15 ERA during the regular season, walking only 59 in 206 innings.

His downfall began when he walked Jeff Kent with one out and one on in the first, throwing four straight balls after his first two pitches were strikes.

Bonds followed with his double and Santiago hit a sacrifice fly before the three consecutive walks.

Washburn threw 21 balls and 13 strikes in the first and 12 balls and 14 strikes in the second, giving him a total of 60 pitches -- only 27 for strikes -- at that point.

He retired his last six batters after Kenny Lofton's leadoff single in the third, finishing with 40 strikes and 39 balls in four innings.

By that time, it was too late.

Washburn, who struck out only one, has a 9.31 ERA in 9 2/3 World Series innings and a 5.02 ERA in 28 2-3 postseason innings.

Certainly, the Angels expected more from their ace.

"He looked pretty good to me other than he wasn't hitting his spots," Anaheim catcher Bengie Molina said. "That's his game, hitting the corners."

Sanders said he saw a difference.

"He didn't throw as many fastballs," Sanders said. "You could see he was struggling the way he was walking around the mound. He wasn't as confident as he was in the first game."

Washburn said he would like to pitch again -- hopefully in a seventh game -- if the Angels call on him.

"First things first, we've got to get past Saturday," he said.

The Angels made a game of it by scoring three times in the fifth and once in the sixth to make it 6-4.

But the Giants pulled away by scoring 10 runs over the next three innings.

Appier gave up five runs on five hits -- three of them homers -- in Game 2. Ortiz was hit even harder, giving up nine hits and seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Angels blew 5-0 and 7-4 leads but rallied from a 9-7 deficit to win that game 11-10.

Appier is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in four postseason starts, allowing 20 hits and 12 earned runs in 17 1-3 innings while walking nine and striking out eight.

It's likely the Angels will need a better effort Saturday.

"Most of the problems the other day were execution," Appier said. "It wasn't that many pitches I didn't execute on. These guys can take advantage of any mistake. Hopefully, my stuff is better. It wasn't horrible. Physically, I feel fine."

 
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