SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- After a pair of one-run games at
Edison International Field, the World Series moves to Pacific
Bell Park on Tuesday night when the San Francisco Giants host
the Anaheim Angels in Game Three.
The Giants seized home-field advantage in Game One on Saturday,
when Barry Bonds homered in his first World Series at-bat and
former Angel J.T. Snow hit a two-run shot in the sixth as San
Francisco posted a 4-3 victory.
Reggie Sanders, who was just 1-for-16 in the National League
Championship Series, homered in the first inning Saturday as the
Giants opened a 2-0 lead and never trailed.
Snow, whose offensive production has dipped the last two
seasons, has enjoyed a strong postseason. He also made a great
play in the fifth inning with runners on the corners and one
out as he slipped on the warning track surface in foul territory
before getting up and catching Tim Salmon's popup.
The Angels evened the series Sunday as they blew a 5-0 lead
before edging the Giants, 11-10. Tim Salmon, who went 0-for-4
Saturday, snapped a 9-9 tie with a two-run homer in the eighth
inning and rookie phenom Francisco Rodriguez tossed three
perfect innings for the win. The 20-year-old Rodriguez tied
Randy Johnson's record for most postseason wins with five and
has allowed just two runs and four hits in 13 innings.
Closer Troy Percival gave up a tremendous home run to Bonds with
two outs in the ninth Sunday, but got Benito Santiago to pop
out for his fifth save in as many chances this postseason.
Ramon Ortiz takes the mound for Anaheim on Tuesday. Ortiz has
been shaky in two playoff starts after going 15-9 with a 3.77
ERA in the regular season. In Game Three of the Division
Series, he was tagged for six runs and three hits with four
walks in 2 2/3 innings and left without a decision.
The righthander picked up the win in Game Two of the AL
Championship Series against the Minnesota Twins, although gave
up three runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Ortiz has not given
up a home run in those two starts after allowing a
league-leading 40 homers in the regular season. He has never
faced the Giants.
Livan Hernandez puts his undefeated postseason record on the
line as he opposes Ortiz. Hernandez struggled in the regular
season with a 12-16 record and 4.38 ERA, but got a key win in
Game Four of the Division Series against Atlanta. The Cuban
native limited the Braves to three runs and eight hits over 8
1/3 innings to improve to 6-0 lifetime in the postseason.
The righthander started Game Four of the Championship Series
against the St. Louis Cardinals and left without a decision
after allowing two runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Hernandez did not receive a decison in his only career start
against Anaheim, when he yielded two runs and 11 hits in seven
innings of a 5-4 triumph. In that game, Bonds hit a two-out
homer in the top of the 11th inning.