ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Barry Bonds waited 17 years to
participate in the World Series. He wasted little time making
Bonds homered in his first plate appearance and J.T. Snow burned
his former team with a two-run shot in the sixth inning as the
San Francisco Giants edged the Anaheim Angels, 4-3, in Game One
of the World Series.
After both teams went in order in the first inning, Bonds made
his first World Series at-bat a memorable one, crushing a 2-1
offering from Anaheim starter Jarrod Washburn well over the wall
in right field. He became the the 26th player - and first
since Atlanta's Andruw Jones in 1996 - to homer in his first
World Series at-bat.
Bonds took a pair of balls before cutting loose and missing on
Washburn's third offering. The crowd, which was jeering wildly,
barely had time to catch its breath when Bonds hit one of his
majestic homers just to the left of the right field foul pole.
A stunned crowd at Edison International Field stood in awe as
Bonds circled the bases. Washburn, who looked at shortstop
David Eckstein and shrugged his shoulders as Bonds was jogging,
had been dogged by questions Friday about whether he would give
Bonds anything to hit.
"I left the ball in the middle and he hit it out," Washburn
said. "I made a mistake and he made me pay. I just smiled. I
got him twice later, but he got me this round."
"At the batting cage before the game, (Angels pitching coach)
Bud Black told me I was going to get a good pitch to hit and I
got one," Bonds said.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia felt it was just a matter of
location, but Giants skipper Dusty Baker felt getting Bonds
going early in the series was key.
"Jarrod didn't get the fastball where he wanted to and Barry hit
it out," Scioscia said. "That was really that at-bat."
"It gives us a 1-0 lead and gives Jason (Schmidt) a 1-0 lead,"
Baker said. "You always want the lead, but for Barry to start
off like that is a very good sign. He was really, really
focused and kind of quiet today and into what he had to do. It
was big for us and big for him."
Washburn (0-1) retired Benito Santiago following Bonds' blast,
but Reggie Sanders, who was just 1-for-16 in the National League
Championship Series, lined a 1-0 pitch over the wall in
right-center field for a 2-0 lead. It was Sanders' first career
World Series homer, although he did hit .304 for Arizona in last
year's Fall Classic.
"I felt extremely well today," Sanders said. "These four days
off that I had, and the day that Dusty gave me off at home, gave
me a chance to work on what I needed to work on, and definitely
today was a testament to that. I saw the ball extremely well."
Schmidt (1-0) gave back one of the runs in the bottom of the
second when he grooved an 0-2 pitch to Troy Glaus. It was the
first of two homers for Anaheim's slugging third baseman.
The game remained 2-1 into the sixth and Washburn appeared to be
in control, easily retiring Bonds and Santiago. Sanders lined
what appeared to be an innocent single and Snow followed by
hammering a 3-1 pitch over the center field wall for a home run.
As Snow rounded first base, he raised his fist and pumped it in
the air. A native of Southern California who attended Angels
games as a teenager, Snow spent the 1993-1996 seasons with the
Angels but was traded away following a disappointing 1996
"I really can't remember (why I raised my fist)," Snow said. "It
was pretty exciting to hit a home run in the World Series but I
was just happy that it got us a couple of runs because it was
such a tight game."
Glaus homered again in the bottom of the sixth, another solo
shot that got Anaheim within 4-2. Brad Fullmer followed with a
walk, took second on a slow ground ball to shortstop and scored
on Adam Kennedy's two-out single.
Dusty Baker opted for Felix Rodriguez, and the righthanded setup
man responded by getting David Eckstein on a lineout to
shortstop. Rodriguez buzzsawed through the heart of the Angels'
lineup in the seventh.
Nen, who had eight blown saves in the regular season, pitched a
1-2-3 ninth. He is 6-for-6 in save opportunities in the
Game Two is Sunday and features a battle of veteran
righthanders. The Angels hope to get even behind Kevin Appier
while the Giants counter with Russ Ortiz.
Teams that win Game One go on to take the series 60 percent of
the time. Saturday marked just the third instance in the last
15 years where the home team lost the opener.
"It's real big," Baker said. "Any time you can come in and win
Game One, that's not the whole series but it jump starts you for
Anaheim did lose the first game in each of its first two playoff
series this year.
"This isn't a blueprint to go out and lose Game One of every
series," Scioscia said. "It is the third time it has happened
but we are not looking at it along those lines. ... You need
four games to win this series and we didn't help ourselves
tonight. We will bounce back on (Sunday). I know this club."
Schmidt stranded a runner at third in the third and left two in
scoring position in the fourth.
He had runners at the corners with one out in the fifth when Tim
Salmon hit a high, foul popup. Snow, a Gold Glove first
baseman, went over to the dugout railing but slipped on the
warning track surface. Unflustered, he quickly got back to his
feet and made the catch.
Schmidt struck out Garret Anderson on three pitches to preserve
the one-run lead.
"Luckily, I fell on my backside so I was able to keep my head up
and keep concentrating on the ball," Snow said. "I grabbed the
netting that was there, pulled myself up and made the catch."
Washburn escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth by getting
David Bell to pop out and stranded Tsuyoshi Shinjo at second in
the fifth. Shinjo opened the inning with a single, becoming the
first Japanese-born player to record a hit in the World Series.
Washburn allowed four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The
Angels' best pitcher in the regular season, he walked two and
struck out five.
Schmidt surrendered three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
He walked just one and struck out six.
"We had some chances tonight and that is what you shoot for
every night," Kennedy said. "We were just a couple of hits away
and it could have gone either way. It just didn't happen for