SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- The Anaheim Angels try to continue
their spectacular offensive display on Wednesday when they face
the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the World Series at
Pacific Bell Park.
The Angels are averaging nearly eight runs per game in the
postseason and have scored 24 runs in the first three games of
their first World Series. San Fransisco pitchers have been
shelled for 21 earned runs in 26 innings for a 7.27 ERA in the
Anaheim scored 11 runs in Game Two on Sunday and rolled to a
10-4 victory in Game Three on Tuesday. No team has ever scored
10 runs or more in three consecutive World Series games.
Scott Spiezio drove in three runs and Darin Erstad had three
hits as the Angels became the first team in World Series history
to bat around in consecutive innings in Game Three. Anaheim
has batted around six times in the postseason.
Barry Bonds set a record with his seventh homer of the
postseason for the Giants, and a drew a pair of walks. Anaheim
and San Francisco have combined for 13 homers thus far, four shy
of the record for a World Series.
Anaheim's John Lackey (0-0, 7.71 ERA) celebrates his 24th
birthday with a start in the World Series on Wednesday. He joins
Pittsburgh's Brickyard Kennedy in 1903 and Brooklyn's Johnny
Podres in 1955 as the only pitchers to start a World Series game
on their birthday.
"It's pretty cool," Lackey said. "I was born during the World
Series. It's something I've been doing on my birthday for a lot
of years, watching the World Series. It's pretty cool that I'm
actually in it and I'm going to get an opportunity to be
playing in it."
Lackey pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief in Game Two and gave up
two runs and two hits in the Angels' 11-10 victory. He is 1-0
with a 1.46 ERA in three postseason appearances, including one
"He has an outstanding arm," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
"He's got very good command of really three pitches. Whatever
start he's taken in our organization, whatever level it's been,
he showed the same great makeup on the mound."
The rookie righthander started Game Four of the American League
Championship Series against Minnesota and pitched seven
scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out seven.
"I'm not going to promise performance every time out, but I
don't think there's going to be any situation where I'm going to
be intimidated or scared or anything," he said. "I'm going to
go out there and do what's gotten me to this point. I'm going to
go after people with my best stuff."
Lackey makes his first career appearance against the Giants.
San Francisco hands the ball to Kirk Rueter (NR), who makes his
first career World Series appearance.
Rueter is 1-1 with a 7.07 ERA in three postseason starts,
allowing 12 runs - 11 earned - in 14 innings.
The veteran lefthander made two starts against the St. Louis
Cardinals in the NL Championship Series and won one, allowing
five runs in 11 innings. He made his last start in Game Five and
tossed six scoreless innings.
"We expect Kirk to be the same Steady-Eddie self," Giants
manager Dusty baker said. "His personality is very consistent.
He's one of the most competitive people we have on the team. He
fields his position wonderfully, he's a good bunter, a good base
runner. He's highly competitive. So we expect Kirk to be the
same Kirk that we always know."
Rueter is 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in two career starts against the
Angels, giving up two runs and 14 hits in 12 1/3 innings.