ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- The San Francisco Giants try to
win their first championship in nearly 50 years on Saturday when
they face the Anaheim Angels in Game Six of the World Series at
Edison International Field.
The Giants have won seven World Series titles but none since
moving from New York to San Francisco in 1958. They have not won
a championship since 1954, when they swept the Cleveland
The Angels have never won a championship and are trying to
become the second team in as many years to win the final two
games of the World Series for their first title. The Arizona
Diamondbacks won Games Six and Seven against the New York
Yankees in the 2001 World Series.
The Giants won two of three games at Pacific Bell Park, but the
scene now shifts to Edison International Field, where a record
11 home runs were hit in the first two games.
"Both clubs have shown that they play well in any kind of
situation or circumstances," Anaheim right fielder Tim Salmon
said. "I'd like to think that playing here can make a difference
for us. That's a great club over there. They can do it on the
road just as well as they can do it at home."
Anaheim scored 24 runs in the first three games of the series
and took a two games to one lead. But San Francisco evened the
Fall Classic with a 4-3 victory in Wednesday's Game Four and
shifted the momentum with a 16-4 rout on Thursday.
The Giants pounded out 16 hits and improved to 8-0 in the
postseason when Bonds is held without a home run.
Kevin Appier (0-0, 22.50 ERA) gets his second chance at shutting
down San Francisco's offense on Saturday. He failed in his
first attempt in Game Two, when he was shelled for five runs and
five hits in just two innings.
"I did have some mechanical (problems)," Appier said. "It was
very slight. I didn't notice at all until watching the tapes. My
stuff was a little flat, not from being fatigued at all, but
one of those days that just happens to pitchers. I feel strong.
Hopefully, my stuff has really good life and my command's a lot
Appier is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in four postseason starts,
allowing 12 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings.
San Francisco needs Russ Ortiz to bounce back from a rough Game
Two start as well. Ortiz (0-0, 37.80) was tagged for seven runs
and nine hits while recording just five hits as the Giants
suffered an 11-10 loss.
Ortiz is 2-0 with a 6.75 ERA in four postseason starts, giving
up 14 earned runs and 23 hits in 18 2/3 innings.
"I look at it that the pressure's on them," Salmon said.
"They're trying to get one game. Our backs are against the wall
now. We're going to come out fighting. We've been in this
situation all year long. We're actually more familiar being in
this position where we're kind of the underdog. I don't really
feel the nervousness or pressure, anything like that."