San Francisco was involved in the last World Series between
California teams, when it was swept by Oakland in 1989.
The Giants are making their third appearance since moving from
New York and 17th overall. They have won the World Series five
times, but haven't claimed a championship since sweeping the
Cleveland Indians in 1954.
The Angels are in the World Series for the first time in their
42-year history. They made postseason for the first time since
1986, when they blew a three games to one lead in the American
League Championship Series.
San Francisco ended the regular season with eight consecutive
wins as it overtook the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National
League wild card.
In the Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, the Giants
won a pair of elimination games before defeating the St. Louis
Cardinals in five games in the NL Championship Series.
Bonds, who had struggled in his previous postseason appearances,
is hitting .286 (8-for-28) with four home runs and 10 RBI in
the playoffs. He has walked 14 times and struck out just three
"I'm excited to be here," Bonds said. "It's something I worked
for forever and every Angel player over there has worked for it
since we were in Little League. We're the two teams that now
have that opportunity to have our time, our day."
In Monday's NLCS clincher, the Giants posted a 2-1 victory as
Kenny Lofton's line drive single with two outs in the bottom of
the ninth inning scored David Bell.
Anaheim overcame a brutal 6-14 start to make it to postseason.
Anaheim scored 10 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning
Sunday in a 13-5 pounding of the Twins in Game Five of the ALCS.
Adam Kennedy hit three homers, including a three-run shot in
Anaheim ace Jarrod Washburn (NR), makes his fourth postseason
start. He picked up a win in the series clincher against New
York, but did not get a decision in Game Four against the Twins.
In Anaheim's 2-1 win last Saturday, Washburn allowed one run and
six hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and took a
shutout into the seventh inning before surrendering Jacque
Jones' RBI double.
The lefthander has never faced the Giants, but has faced
regulars David Bell, Kenny Lofton and Reggie Sanders. Bell is
0-for-7 against him, Lofton is 4-for-14, while Sanders is
The Giants counter with Jason Schmidt (NR). The righthander has
made two postseason starts and has allowed five earned runs and
seven hits over 13 innings.
Schmidt won Game Two of the NLCS on October 10, when he allowed
one run and four hits over 7 2/3 dominant innings. The
29-year-old struck out eight and took a shutout into the eighth
inning, while overpowering the Cardinals with a fastball that
often reached 98 miles an hour.
Schmidt has never faced the Angels and Brad Fullmer is the only
regular that has faced him. Fullmer is 4-for-11 with two RBI
lifetime against Schmidt.
During the regular season, Schmidt was 13-8 with a 3.45 ERA and
held opponents to a .218 batting average.
The Giants are 11-5 all time against the Angels and the teams
are meeting for the first time since San Francisco swept a
three-game set at home from June 12-14. Robb Nen had saves in
two of those games and has five in as many opportunities in the
postseason after tying for second in the NL with eight blown