Garret Anderson's three-run double in the third inning snapped a
tie and John Lackey became the first rookie to win a Game Seven
in nearly a century as the Angels captured their first World
Series title with a 4-1 triumph over Bonds and the San Francisco
The Angels, who trailed three games to two when the series
returned here Friday, clinched the first world title in their
42-year existence. They became the eighth straight team to win
a Game Seven at home and the 11th to win in their first
"For me to look at the past, the Angels, they have had
championships here. They have won divisions, but no one has
ever gotten to the level we have," Angels manager Mike Scioscia
Bonds put on an offensive display in the series, reaching base
in 21 of 30 plate appearances and homering four times. He
batted .471 (8-for-17), slugged 1.294 and set a record for walks
with 13. He was walked intentionally seven times, tying the
World Series career mark.
"Doesn't that go to show you that it takes a team to win it?"
While Bonds all but erased his legacy of postseason failures, he
remains without a title. The greatest player of his era has
gone 17 years without one and now, with his team facing a number
of tough personnel decisions, could be left to pursue only
San Francisco was eight outs away from its first title in 48
years but surrendered a 5-0 seventh-inning lead in Game Six and
never recovered. It heads into the offseason facing the
possibility of losing manager Dusty Baker and star second
baseman Jeff Kent.
"This is a very difficult time right now," Baker said. "Your
heart is heavy, your stomach is empty. Your head and your
brains feel full right now. It's a very difficult time."
Many thought Bonds would become the second player from a losing
team to win World Series MVP, but the honor went to Angels third
baseman Troy Glaus, who hit three homers and delivered the
go-ahead two-run double in Game Six.
"This is why we play," Glaus said. "This is why we put all the
time and effort in. This is what all the swings against the
garage door when you were a kid were for. I don't even know how
I'm feeling, except ecstatic."
Hernandez hit Tim Salmon in the wrist with a 2-2 pitch and it
cost him as Anderson drilled a double into the right-field
corner. Any chance right fielder Reggie Sanders had of cutting
off Salmon at the plate disappeared when he bobbled the ball
against the wall as a young fan hit him on the back with
Hernandez, who was 6-0 in the postseason prior to this series,
walked Troy Glaus following Anderson's double and was removed.
The Cuban righthander allowed four runs and four hits in
Anaheim's Mike Scioscia, who became the 17th man to win a World
Series as a player and manager, opted for Lackey (1-0) over more
established righthander Ramon Ortiz, partly because of his
The move paid off. The 24-year-old righthander, who made two
prior appearances in the series, allowed a run, four singles and
a walk in five innings. He struck out four and became the
first rookie to win a Game Seven since Babe Adams did it for the
1909 Pittsburgh Pirates.
"I think it is the makeup of John Lackey," Scioscia said. "You
just have to look at what he is all about. This guy is not
going to rattle, he's not going to be intimidated. If he's
going to go out there and get beat, the other team is going to
have to do it."
"I was very impressed by him," Baker said. "We didn't really
have him on the ropes very much."
Lackey was just thankful for the opportunity.
"I just wanted to step up and help the guys out," Lackey said.
"Luckily, (Scioscia) gave me the ball today. I just really
wanted to go out and give a good effort, give the guys a chance
Brendan Donnelly, another rookie, took over in the sixth and
allowed a two-out walk and a double by J.T. Snow. Baker sent up
light-hitting Tom Goodwin to hit for Reggie Sanders, who
homered twice in the series. But Donnelly struck out Goodwin on
a 1-2 fastball.
Rookie phenom Francisco Rodriguez struck out three of the four
batters he faced in the eighth, walking Bonds on five pitches.
Closer Troy Percival allowed the tying run to come to the plate
in the ninth but blew away pinch hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo and got
Kenny Lofton to fly out to center, touching off a mob scene in
For a franchise that has experienced regular season and playoff
heartbreak, the Angels reveled in their moment of glory. A
capacity crowd at Edison International Field cheered wildly as
Commissioner Bud Selig presented the World Series Trophy at a
ceremony that featured Jackie Autry, the widow of Gene Autry,
the team's beloved former owner.
The Giants never seemed to get in the flow of Game Seven,
putting multiple runners on in just four innings. Even when the
bullpen managed to hold Anaheim in check over the final five
frames, the offense never responded.
Baker, who pushed few right buttons in the series, not only was
burned by Hernandez's poor outing, but by his pinch hitters, who
were 0-for-16 in the series.
San Francisco broke on top with a run in the second on singles
by Benito Santiago and Snow and a sacrifice fly by Sanders.
The Angels got even in the bottom half when Scott Spiezio walked
with two outs and scored on a double into the left-center field
gap by Bengie Molina, who had been 4-for-18 in the series.
One of the lowest-rated series ever, this year's Fall Classic
did set records between the lines, including marks for most home
runs by a club (Giants, 14) most home runs in the series (21),
most extra-base hits (45) and most runs (85).
The American League has won four of the last five World Series
and 13 of the last 19. The National League was denied its first
back-to-back champions in 20 years and fell to 40-58 all-time.