Hernandez was racked for six runs in 3 2/3 innings and lost for
the first time in seven career postseason decisions as the
Angels pounded out 16 hits in a 10-4 victory over the San
Francisco Giants in Game Three of the World Series.
The hit-happy Angels scored in double digits for the second
straight game and took a two games to one lead in the series,
regaining home-field advantage.
Hernandez (0-1) came in as one of just five pitchers to win his
first six postseason decisions. The 1997 World Series Most
Valuable Player, Hernandez's teams never had lost any of the
eight postseason games in which he had appeared.
But the Cuban righthander ran into the hottest hitting team in
recent memory. Entering the contest with a .331 postseason
batting average - the highest since the advent of divisional
play in 1969 - Anaheim continued to rip the ball, whether it was
livelier or not.
"You can't win all the time," Hernandez said. "It was tough to
get a postseason loss, but it is tougher on the team than on me.
This series isn't over. I feel bad because we lost and I
didn't throw like I wanted to."
The Angels became the first World Series team to bat around in
consecutive innings, scoring four runs in both the fourth and
fifth. Every position player had a hit and all but Garret
Anderson and Bengie Molina scored a run.
Of course, Anderson drove in a run and Molina - hitless in the
first two games - tied a World Series record by reaching five
times in five plate appearances, a trick turned by teammate Tim
Salmon in Game Two.
"It's nice," Molina said. "I'm glad I can do my job and help the
team. ... Coming up before the pitcher, you just hope he can
get some knocks or a bloop or something. No one wants to make
"Nothing can explain it," Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy
said. "Guys are hitting the ball hard. Once the season's over,
we'll have time to reflect. Right now we're just focused on
continuing this in the next game. Everybody does their part.
Spiezio had a huge night. Guys have really good at-bats. Tonight
everybody contributed and we got the win. We've got guys that
know how to hit. Pick a guy and they've had good at-bats for
Hernandez (0-1), who tied for the National League lead with 16
losses during the regular season, allowed five hits and five
"It's tough to win when you get behind in the count," Hernandez
added. "I didn't get my pitches on the corners called so I had
to come back over the plate more. The umpire called it a little
tight and that didn't work for me. I had to throw too many
pitches and their guys seemed very comfortable."
"Livan didn't have a good night," Giants pitching coach Dave
Righetti said. "He got behind and that got them ahead."
Angels starter Ramon Ortiz (1-0), who entered the game with a
10.03 ERA this month, did not pitch well but was much better
than Hernandez. The righthander allowed four runs and five hits
in five inings, walking four and striking out three.
As has been the case throughout this posteason, Anaheim's
bullpen was stellar. Rookie Brendan Donnelly tossed two hitless
innings and Scott Schoeneweis struck out a pair over two
"We have to try and be more patient up there," Giants right
fielder Reggie Sanders said. "Their bullpen pitched well again
and they all had us fishing at their pitches."
The Giants' Barry Bonds continued his stellar postseason by
homering in his third straight game, tying Hank Bauer's World
Series record. Bonds' fifth-inning blast to center field was
his seventh homer of the postseason, adding another record to
"I thought the homer might have picked us up for a moment, but
they came right back at us and scored," Bonds said.
Bonds also walked twice, tying Gary Sheffield's record for walks
in a postseason with 20.
"The walk record means nothing to me," Bonds said. "I just want
a World Series ring; that's my goal."
Game Four is Wednesday, with the Giants turning to lefthander
Kirk Rueter to try to get them even. The Angels counter with
rookie righthander John Lackey, who worked in relief in Game Two
and will be pitching on his 24th birthday.
Hernandez cruised through the first, and the Giants staked him
to a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout by Benito Santiago in the
Hernandez escaped a second-inning jam by striking out Ortiz but
was not as fortunate in the third. David Eckstein opened with a
walk and Darin Erstad doubled. Tim Salmon grounded sharply to
third and reached when David Bell failed to field a high hop.
Hernandez got Anderson on a flyout, but Troy Glaus made it 2-1
with a single. Scott Spiezio delivered a triple into the gap in
right-center field, scoring Salmon and Glaus for a 4-1 cushion.
Hernandez continued to flounder in the fourth. Erstad singled
with one out and Salmon walked. After a double steal, Anderson
plated a run with a groundout and Giants manager Dusty Baker
pulled Hernandez for Jay Witasick.
Glaus walked, Spiezio made it 6-1 with a single and Adam Kennedy
lined an RBI single off the pitcher's right hip. Witasick
opted to stay in the game but surrendered a run-scoring hit to
"We go up there and we rarely swing at anything not close to the
plate," Eckstein said. "We make adjustments and we don't give
at-bats away. We're very confident. We had a spectacular
night, but we've been confident and on a roll all season."
"We're locked in at the plate right now," Salmon said. "You
don't necesarily expect this in the postseason. That's really
the way we've been all season. Sometimes you get at at times
during the season. We've just been hot this postseason and we
went into this postseason with some guys hot."
Ortiz got through the fourth but ran into trouble in the fifth.
After Kenny Lofton ripped a long flyout, Rich Aurilia homered to
left. Kent followed with a single and Bonds set the record
with a homer to center field.
The Giants have homered twice in an inning in each of the first
three games of the series.
The Angels tacked on single runs in the sixth and eighth.
Eckstein had an RBI single in the sixth and a throwing error by
pitcher Scott Eyre in the eighth allowed Molina to score.
Game Two loser Felix Rodriguez was the only Giants pitcher not
to allow a run, tossing a scoreless seventh.
"These kind of games happen sometime," Kent said. "We lost today
and are a little embarrassed. You just strap it on and try
again tomorrow. It wasn't our day, but they're a great
"We lost, that's all that matters," Aurilia said. "It seems like
they adjusted to our ballpark and the conditions faster than a
lot of visitors do. They didn't hit a single home run, yet they
scored 10 runs. You have to find a way to slow them down."