ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- After nearly getting the monkey
off their back, Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants seek
their first title since 1954 Sunday night when they face the
Anaheim Angels, who look to cap a magical season with their
The Angels forced a decisive seventh game on Saturday by staging
a brilliant comeback. Over their final two at-bats, they
erased a five-run deficit to stun the Giants, 6-5.
Like it has all season and throughout the postseason, the "Rally
Monkey" showed its face for the first time in the game in the
bottom of the seventh inning and Scott Spiezio promptly hit a
three-run homer off against Felix Rodriguez to get the Angels
Bonds contributed to Anaheim's rally when he misplayed Garret
Anderson's bloop hit to left off setup man Tim Worrell. After
San Francisco manager elected to go to closer Robb Nen, Troy
Glaus delivered a two-run double that gave the Angels the lead.
The Angels' rally forced a decisive seventh game for the second
straight year and 13th time since the start of divisional play
The Giants send veteran righthander Livan Hernandez (1-1, 4.91
ERA) to the mound Sunday.
"We feel comfortable with Livan, but tomorrow we are going to go
with everybody," Baker said. "One thing about this club, we
always come back after tough losses. We've been doing it over
and over. It just seems like it never comes easy and we never
do it easy."
The Angels initially said they would go with righthander Ramon
Ortiz, who is battling a sore right wrist. However, Scioscia
said following the victory he is starting 24-year-old rookie
John Lackey (0-0, 6.14).
"We're going to go with Lackey," Scioscia said. "With Ramon
Ortiz's wrist, I think we can use him tomorrow at some point but
I don't know about length. We'd like John to start and try to
get into some rhythm, give him a chance to pitch a little bit."
Hernandez is coming off an uncharacteristic postseason outing.
In Game Three, he was shelled for six runs in 3 2/3 innings and
lost for the first time in seven career postseason decisions.
The 1997 World Series Most Valuable Player, Hernandez came in as
one of just five pitchers to win his first six postseason
Lackey is making his second start and third appearance in the
Fall Classic. He has allowed five runs and 11 hits over 7 1/3
Lackey started Game Four on his 24th birthday and allowed three
runs and nine hits in five innings. But he failed to protect a
3-0 lead and allowed all three runs in the fifth inning.
Lackey is the first rookie to start Game Seven of the World
Series since Cleveland's Jaret Wright in 1997. He is trying to
become the first rookie to win Game Seven of the Fall Classic
since Kansas City's Bret Saberhagen beat the St. Louis Cardinals