Empty bases limit damage by Bonds

In his nine trips to plate in first two games, Giants have had just 1 runner on

World Series

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October 21, 2002|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Two games into the World Series, Barry Bonds has hit two epic home runs, but he really hasn't hurt the Anaheim Angels that badly - yet.

The secret: Bonds has been to the plate nine times, but only once with a runner on base. That came in the fifth inning last night, and with Rich Aurilia on second, the Angels made the easy decision, walking Bonds intentionally.

It was Bonds' fourth walk of the series and third of the game. He came up with two outs in the sixth against Angels reliever Francisco Rodriguez, and hit a sharp grounder to first base to end the inning.

Then, with the San Francisco Giants trailing by two runs in the ninth, Bonds had one last crack against Angels closer Troy Percival. Trouble was, the two batters in front of Bonds made outs, so when Bonds hit his second homer of the series, it came with the bases empty.

"That was the farthest ball I've ever seen hit in this ballpark, for sure," said right fielder Tim Salmon, who has played for the Angels since 1992.

San Francisco memories

The World Series moves to San Francisco for Game 3 tomorrow, and for those who were there the last time that happened, the memories are downright scary.

In 1989, an earthquake that registered 7.1 on the Richter scale shook the Bay area shortly before Game 3 of the World Series at Candlestick Park, forcing the Giants and Oakland Athletics to suspend play for 12 days.

Giants manager Dusty Baker was the team's hitting coach then, and he remembers right where he was when the earthquake hit.

"I was actually drinking a cup of coffee in the cafeteria in the clubhouse," he said. "When things started, they didn't really shake, they sort of flowed. It looked like Jell-O. You know how Jell-O shakes? The cement almost looked like liquid.

"My daughter was doing a book report; they were having Earthquake Awareness Week at her school. She told me to get under a desk or stand in a doorwell. I went and stood in the doorwell and tried not to panic until it stopped shaking. Then I went out to the field.

"You want to see your family when you get outside, see if they're safe. It was just sort of weird to see that much cement flowing."

Oakland wound up sweeping all four games in that series, so the Giants' Game 1 victory on Saturday was their first World Series victory since 1962.

Dunston's turn

Baker made a couple of changes with his lineup for Game 2, inserting Shawon Dunston as the designated hitter in place of Tsuyoshi Shinjo, and flip-flopping J.T. Snow's position with Reggie Sanders in the batting order.

Dunston entered the game 3-for-6 with one home run against Angels starter Kevin Appier. Dunston was 1-for-4 last night.

Giant complaint

First baseman Snow, who slipped and landed hard on his backside before making a big catch on a foul pop by Salmon in Game 1, told reporters after the game that the artificial track was an injury hazard, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia offered no apology yesterday.

"We haven't had any instances where guys have slipped on it," Scioscia said.

"I don't like the synthetic surface, any part of a ballpark, whether it's on the playing surface or warning track or anywhere, [but] it hasn't been an issue so far."

Sanders bounces back

Most of the attention was focused on Bonds and Snow after the Giants' 4-3 victory in Game 1, but the performance of slumping outfielder Sanders might turn out to be more important in the Series.

Sanders homered in his first at-bat and also had a walk and a single after struggling so badly in the postseason that Baker had to bench him temporarily during the National League Championship Series.

Sele's surgery

Angels starter Aaron Sele underwent surgery Friday to repair his sore shoulder. Dr. Lewis Yocum, the longtime Angels orthopedic specialist who also performed the elbow surgery on the Orioles' Scott Erickson, repaired a torn labrum and damage to Sele's rotator cuff.

Record-low rating

The all-California Classic opened with the lowest overnight ratings for a prime-time World Series Game 1. It still was by far the night's most-watched show.

Fox Sports' telecast of the Giants' victory over the Angels on Saturday drew an 11.2 rating.

That means 11.2 percent of TV homes in the country's largest markets tuned in. It's a drop of 5 percent from Game 1 of last year's World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees, which had an 11.8 overnight rating on Fox.

Sun staff writer Peter Schmuck and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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