ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- After stealing home-field
advantage in Game One of the World Series, the San Francisco
Giants hope to put the Anaheim Angels in a substantial deficit
when they play Game Two on Sunday.
In Game One on Saturday, Barry Bonds homered in his first plate
appearance and J.T. Snow burned his former team with a two-run
shot in the sixth inning in a 4-3 triumph.
Bonds made his first World Series at-bat a memorable one,
crushing a 2-1 offering from Anaheim starter Jarrod Washburn
well over the wall in right field in the second inning. He
became the the 26th player - and first since Atlanta's Andruw
Jones in 1996 - to homer in his first World Series at-bat.
With the Giants ahead, 2-1, in the sixth, Snow - who played for
the Angels from 1993-96 - smacked a two-run homer off of
Washburn, and Jason Schmidt, Felix Rodriguez, Tim Worrell and
Robb Nen narrowly closed out the victory. Nen pitched the ninth
and posted his sixth postseason save in six chances.
Troy Glaus hit two solo homers for the Angels in the loss.
Teams that win Game One go on to take the series 60 percent of
the time. Saturday marked just the third instance in the last
15 years where the home team lost the opener.
San Francisco already has had a better World Series than its
last trip to the Fall Classic, an earthquake-delayed sweep at
the hands of Oakland in 1989.
Russ Ortiz (NR) will toe the rubber for San Francisco in Game
Two. Ortiz is 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in three postseason starts
this season, having beaten Atlanta twice in the NLDS and not
factoring in a 5-4 loss to St. Louis in Game Three of the NLCS.
"The biggest change is just not having to worry about when my
spot in the lineup is coming up," Ortiz said. "Any time I've
pitched in an American League ballpark, I had to really tell
myself that, 'Hey, I don't have to get ready to grab the bat and
helmet,' and I get to kind of relax. So it's mostly, what I do
in the dugout anyway is just try to think about the next
Kevin Appier (NR) will take the mound for Anaheim, which is
playing in the World Series for the first time in its 42-year
history. Appier, a veteran righthander, has struggled in the
playoffs, going 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts.
"Actually, (my preparation) is the same," said Appier, who last
pitched against the Giants while a member of the New York Mets
last season. "The tapes we watch, scouting report, basically
that's pretty much what we have to go off of. Granted, it's
better to see them and have a better feel. But I just faced
them last year, so that gives me a little better idea than if I
was just coming out of the blue. But that's basically it."