ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Tim Salmon let his bat do the
Having spent a week as the unofficial team spokesman, Salmon
delivered the biggest hit in franchise history, a tie-breaking
two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning that lifted the
Anaheim Angels to a wild 11-10 triumph over the San Francisco
Giants in Game Two of the World Series.
After becoming just the third team in 15 years to drop Game One
of the World Series at home, the Angels could not afford to lose
another. But Salmon, the longest-tenured current Angel, came
through against Felix Rodriguez in the eighth.
Rodriguez (0-1) got Adam Kennedy to open the inning, but David
Eckstein singled. After Darin Erstad flied out to left on a 3-2
pitch, Salmon crushed Rodriguez's next offering over the left
"I knew I got it," Salmon said. "It was just -- I knew the
situation. I knew it was big. You had a feeling it was going to
come down to something like that, the way both teams were
playing. That's something I've been dreaming about doing for a
long time, and watching it being done from my couch. It was
"Tim's really gotten back into his groove," Angels manager Mike
Scioscia said. "He was, obviously, a major part of us being
here. ... I think you can see the potential Tim has, when he's
swinging the bat well, to break open a game. Tonight, those
hits were huge."
Salmon's teammates were fired up and fearful at the same time.
"Timmy really gets excited when he does something like that,"
Eckstein said. "He came back into the dugout and started hitting
fists of players and coaches. He really hits. They were hard
hits and everyone was trying to hit his fist and not get hurt."
"I've been joking with Timmy during the entire postseason,"
Erstad said. "He's been acting like he was 12. Tonight after the
game-winning homer, he was acting like he was 8. He was giddy.
When he hit the homer, there was a pause in the dugout. Then it
went out and we all said we just had to protect ourselves (from
his congratulations) and not let them back into game."
Salmon's blast was the decisive blow in a wild offensive affair
that saw neither starter get past the second inning. The Angels
surrendered a 5-0 lead and trailed 9-7 in the sixth before
rallying against San Francisco's bullpen.
Twenty-year-old rookie phenom Francisco Rodriguez (1-0)
continued his remarkable postseason by retiring all nine batters
Rodriguez, who logged just 5 2/3 innings for the Angels in the
regular season, has been spectacular in October. He tied Randy
Johnson's record for most postseason wins with five and has
allowed just two runs and four hits in 13 innings.
"It was great, it was exciting," Francisco Rodriguez said. "I
thrive on pressure and I want it every time I go out there."
"He has responded in every situation I thrown him in and that's
a manager's blessing," Scioscia said.
In the ninth, Barry Bonds turned on a fastball from closer Troy
Percival and launched his second homer of the series, a soaring
shot beyond the right field bleachers. But Percival had retired
Rich Aurilia and Jeff Kent to keep the bases empty, then got
Benito Santiago to pop out and even the series.
"No men on, I went after him," Percival said. "That was what I
was telling myself. I wanted to get the first two men and then
get to go after Barry. I didn't want Barry to get anything. I
was throwing hard at him. I wanted to see how far he could hit
it if he could. I was more worried about giving up a baserunner
before him, because that would have changed my approach to
pitching to Barry."
The series resumes Tuesday in San Francisco. The Giants send
postseason ace Livan Hernandez to the mound, while the Angels
counter with righthander Ramon Ortiz.
"It was a huge win for us," Salmon said. "We had to battle to
come back to get it. I don't know, going down 0-2, going into
their ballpark ... But you can kind of feel good about a split
right now, I guess. That's a great club over there."
"We're happy with a split, but you always feel good when you get
to go home," Bonds said. "We've got three games at home."
Both starters on Sunday were torched as neither San Francisco's
Russ Ortiz or Anaheim's Kevin Appier were around to see the end
of the third inning. Appier's performance was the most stunning
as the veteran righthander was staked to leads of 5-0 and 7-4
but could not retire a batter in the third.
Russ Ortiz was even worse as he was tagged for seven runs in 1
"You could tell that was going to be an offensive night, the way
the ball was carrying and also the way both sides were
hitting," Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "It just appeared to
be one of those nights where whoever had the last at-bat was
going to win."
With both starters gone, the Giants got to Anaheim's bullpen in
the fifth, scoring four times. Former Angel J.T. Snow, who
delivered the key blow in Game One, had a clutch two-run base
hit that tied the game, 7-7, and David Bell and Shawon Dunston
came through with RBI singles.
The Angels picked up a run in the bottom of the fifth and
knotted the contest, 9-9, on Garret Anderson's two-out RBI
single in the sixth.
The game remained tied until Salmon's second homer of the game
and fourth of the postseason. He became the first player in a
World Series game to reach in all five plate appearances since
Cleveland's Matt Williams did it in Game Four in 1997.
After Appier worked a perfect top of the first, the Angels
jumped on Ortiz in the bottom half. Eckstein led off with a
single and scored on Erstad's double. Salmon and Anderson
singled, making it 2-0.
Singles by Brad Fullmer and Scott Spiezio made it 4-0. Spiezio
broke for second, and Giants catcher Benito Santiago threw to
second. As soon as Santiago released the ball, Fullmer broke
for the plate and scored without a throw.
"I don't play the field, so I take pride in trying to create
some havoc out there with my baserunning," said Fullmer, who had
12 steals in 15 attempts during the season. "I never done that
before. But I'm kind of sneaky out there for a 220-pound
In the second, Reggie Sanders got the Giants back in the game
with a three-run homer and David Bell followed with a homer just
over the center field wall.
But in the bottom half, Salmon lined a two-run homer just inside
the left field foul pole for a 7-4 cushion.
"Tonight it was too much Salmon, the king fish," Bonds said.
Kent opened the third with a line drive over the left field wall
for his first homer of the postseason.
With the Angels trailing 9-7, Glaus opened the bottom of the
fifth with a single and took third when center fielder Kenny
Lofton misplayed a base hit by Fullmer. Spiezio followed with a
line drive to center field that got Anaheim within a run.
Rodriguez took over in the sixth and was dominant, striking out
Aurilia and Kent before getting Bonds on a grounder to first.
"Yeah, I was focused, trying to keep the ball down and get ahead
in the count," Francisco Rodriguez said. "Then go right after
the guy with my fastball and try to put them away with my
With the crowd buzzing, the Angels capitalized on the momentum
swing and pushed across the tying run in the sixth.
"We kept going back and forth, back and forth," Baker said.
"That was one of the best games I've ever been in. We just came
up on the short end of thing, but that was a tremendous ballgame
on both sides."