SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- After cooling off the Anaheim Angels'
offense, the San Francisco Giants try to move within one game of
their first World Series championship since 1954 when they play
Game Five on Thursday.
The Giants opened the series with a 4-3 victory on Saturday, but
the Angels scored 21 runs in winning the next two games.
San Francisco rebounded Wednesday after allowing seven hits and
three runs over the first three innings and held Anaheim to
three hits over the final six innings en route to a 4-3 victory.
Giants starter Kirk Rueter settled down after allowing a two-run
homer to Troy Glaus in the third inning and three relievers
combined for three scoreless innings.
Angels first baseman Scott Spiezio, who drove in three runs in
Game Three, was 1-for-3, while center fielder Darin Erstad went
0-for-4, snapping his 12-game postseason hitting streak.
The Giants scored three times in the fifth inning and David
Bell's single off rookie Francisco Rodriguez scored J.T. Snow
with the winning run with one out in the eighth.
San Francisco, which got six innings from Rueter in Game Four,
starts Jason Schmidt (1-0, 4.76 ERA). Schmidt picked up the win
in Game One, when he allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3
The righthander has made three postseason starts, allowing eight
earned runs and 16 hits over 18 2/3 innings.
"Game plan is always pitch a complete game, keep your pitch
count down and go as long and as deep as you can in the game,"
Schmidt said. "We're all digging a little deeper, finding that
little bit extra to go out there on days when we can't. I think
that's just part of being in the playoffs. Hopefully, I can go
out there and give them a good long quality start and we won't
have to worry."
Jarrod Washburn (0-1, 6.35) opposes Schmidt again. He allowed
four runs and six hits, including a long home run to Barry
Bonds, over 5 2/3 innings. Washburn also allowed a solo homer to
Reggie Sanders and a two-run shot to Snow in the sixth.
"I don't think I really learned anything new," Washburn said
about facing the Giants. "I knew going in if you make a mistake,
a good veteran lineup like that is going to make you pay. But I
knew that going in, so I don't think I learned anything new. I
knew pretty much what to expect going in. They didn't come out
with any surprises. Make a mistake to Barry Bonds, Reggie
Sanders, J.T. Snow and anyone of those guys in that lineup,
they're going to hurt you."
The 28-year-old lefthander is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in four
postseason starts. He has allowed 11 earned runs and 24 hits,
including six home runs in 24 2/3 innings.