After taking a 3-2 lead in the Series at home and a 5-0 lead into the seventh inning of Game 6, the Giants were outscored 10-1 in the final twelve innings of the contest. The Expedition Five crew gave a Space Age "go" for the Anaheim Angels and San Francisco Giants to begin play, with a rousing "Play Ball!". As both teams took the field for the decisive Game 7, Angels rookie John Lackey kept San Francisco "at bay", allowing one run and four hits in five innings while pitching on just three days' rest. October 22, 2002 Box Score. While home-field advantage, history and the bad memories of 2002 work against the Giants, little else will before first pitch. It was a surprise however, that the team left standing at the end of the marathon was not the New York Yankees. . The last team to win a seventh World Series game on the road was the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. That history has something to do with home-field advantage, of course. Relive Angels' comeback in 2002 WS Game 6. - Steve Dilbeck in the Los Angeles Daily News (10-19-2002), Anaheim Angels (4) vs San Francisco Giants (3). He was quite the below-average pitcher that season, and his postseason was bad—14 earned runs in 20.1 innings (6.20 ERA). While these Giants might have been a win away from another title, they weren’t six-outs away. Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev recorded the events on videotape for downlink to Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Part of the Baseball Almanac Family. The San Francisco Giants were a different club then, as they have been in each of their last three World Series runs. All it takes is a wonderful performance by Giants starter Tim Hudson or a big night from the dormant Posey or a clutch relief appearance by Bumgarner to stall those trends. SB–Lofton 2 (3,3rd base off Rodriguez/B Molina,2nd base off Rodriguez/B Molina). Home teams have won the last nine Game 7s. Many historical player head shots courtesy of David Davis. Do you have a blog? "Linking America's historic pastime with the future, through NASA, is a great opportunity to encourage young people to exercise their bodies and inspire their minds. When Chief Umpire Jerry Crawford calls for the traditional ceremonial first pitch in the first game of the World Series Saturday, the ball will "virtually" travel more than 240 miles, all the way from the International Space Station (ISS) to Anaheim, Calif. NASA astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson, following a tradition started by President William Howard Taft in 1910, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to her battery-mate and ISS Expedition Five Commander, Russian cosmonaut Valeri Korzun. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? Some high school data is courtesy David McWater. IBB–Nen (1,Spiezio); Appier (1,Bonds). The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on October 26, 2002 at Edison International Stadium. News. Floating in microgravity made the wind-up and pitch somewhat challenging for the Iowa right-hander, who has been conducting scientific research aboard the space station since June. Many thanks to him. The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. copyright=new Date(); Still hoping for the Giants to pull through. Any number of things in the Giants’ favor can be a spark. The lone run he gave up came in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Reggie Sanders. Copyright 1999- The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, WP: Brendan Donnelly (1-0) • LP: Tim Worrell (3-1) • SV: Troy Percival (6). Did you know that the when designated hitter Tsuyoshi Shinjo of the San Francisco Giants appeared in Game 1 he became the first Japanese player to appear in a World Series game (Hideki Irabu was on the New York Yankees roster during the 1998 World Series, but did not play in any of their games) AND that his bat was sent to the National Baseball Hall of Fame immediately following the game? The Angels tied it in the bottom of the frame on an RBI double from Bengie Molina off Livan Hernandez. Some defensive statistics Copyright © Baseball Info Solutions, 2010-2020. It is abbreviated history. Many thanks to him. Game 6: Date / Box Score: 10-26-2002: Location: Edison Field: 1 st Pitch: Rod Carew: Attendance: 44,506: Star Spangled Banner: Brian McKnight: God Bless America: Dawn Davidson : Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Dawn Davidson: Game 7: Date / Box Score: 10-27-2002: Location: Edison Field: 1 st Pitch: Jim Abbott: Attendance: 44,598: Star Spangled Banner: Melissa Etheridge: God Bless … reza June 11, 2019. History was on their side from the first pitch and so was an omen — a skywriting plane drew a larger-than-life halo over Edison Field before the first pitch. Snow) and Anaheim's Troy Glaus launched two in the Giants' 4-3 win. The Angels threw rookie John Lackey in Game 7, and after a solid regular season, he broke out in the postseason, allowing six runs in 22.1 innings (2.42 ERA). Before they were a dynasty in the making, and before the Even-Year Theory was an acceptable answer to why, there was 2002. All Rights Reserved by Baseball Almanac, Inc.Hosted by Hosting 4 Less. To definitively call a seventh game in the Royals’ favor would be to do so blindly. We present them here for purely educational purposes. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. In 2002, the Giants started Livan Hernandez, who led the National League with 16 losses in the regular season and had a 4.38 ERA and 1.407 WHIP. While the Giants are the same franchise, there are a couple of distinct differences a dozen years later. The Angels turned to rookie John Lackey in the deciding Game 7 at home and he delivered by allowing one run over five innings. If you would like to see a complete roster for either team, simply click the team name. Find out more. * - bats left-handed, # - bats both, else - bats right, ? In Southern California for the first time in sixteen years. The Anaheim Angels became the eighth consecutive home team to win Game 7 of a World Series. By the time the last out was made, several Giants starters were on the bench and likely thinking about how different Game 7 could be. Never in World Series history had the road team won the first six games. WP–Rodriguez (1). In the end, the Angels Troy Percival (who was closing in on the Yankees Mariano Rivera as the games favorite closer) hung on for the 11-10 decision in what looked more like the All-Star Game's home-run derby and less like the World Series. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. Game 1 featured the Giants' Jason Schmidt going up against the "Halos" Jarrod Washburn. The 2002 World Series between the Angels and Giants was an instant classic. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Anaheim Angels and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye." IBB–Bonds (7,by Appier); Spiezio (1,by Nen). Wednesday night’s Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium will either cement the Giants dynasty with three World Series championships since 2010 or crown the Royals champions for the first time in 29 years and surface ugly Bay Area memories from 12 years ago. NASA and the ISS proudly join the long list of Presidents, heroes, celebrities and others chosen to participate in a truly great American tradition," Whitson said. The simian idol wouldn't disappoint as the American League champs rallied themselves for three runs in the eighth for the 6-5 comeback. The Tampa Bay Rays are headed to the second World Series in franchise history, holding off the Houston Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of the ALCS. All rights reserved. The "first pitch" tossed before Game 1 was actually thrown in space. Whitson and her crewmates are scheduled to return to Earth in November. Here is the official press release from NASA regarding that historic World Series event: NASA EXTENDS FIRST PITCH TRADITION INTO SPACE, Robert MirelsonHeadquarters, Washington Oct. 18, 2002(Phone: 202/358-1600), Kelly HumphriesJohnson Space Center, Houston(Phone: 281/483-5111). The World Series. Their opponents, the San Francisco Giants had battled to the top of the National League (with a 95-66 record) after defeating the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals in a close post-season race. A–44,506. Do you have a sports website? Little did they know that pitching (closing that is) would become the major contributing factor as the Series continued. In Game 6, the Giants looked to be on their way to winning the World Series with a five-run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, keyed by homers from Shawon Dunston and Barry Bonds, only to see the Angels make a memorable rally. There is no clear pitching advantage in 2014, no clear-cut difference-maker. The point being, those previous Game 7s have absolutely zero bearing on the outcome of this one, and the Giants players who realized their unfortunate fate in 2002 are long gone from this roster. In Game 6, the Giants looked to be on their way to winning the World Series with a five-run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, keyed by homers from Shawon Dunston and Barry Bonds, only to see the Angels make a memorable rally. Much of the play-by-play, game results, and transaction information both shown and used to create certain data sets was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. Do you have a sports website? Wednesday will be No. It was a stunning loss for the Giants, and by the time the media got into the visiting clubhouse, legend has it that its members could already predict the Game 7 outcome. U–Tim McClelland (AL), Jerry Crawford (NL), Angel Hernandez (NL), Tim Tschida (AL), Mike Reilly (AL), Mike Winters (NL). In Game 6, the Giants looked to be on their way to winning the World Series with a five-run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, keyed by homers from Shawon Dunston and Barry Bonds, only to see the Angels make a memorable rally. Part of the Baseball Almanac Family, order an "original" print copy of this same box score, Game played on Saturday, October 26, 2002 at Edison International Stadium. In the eighth inning, Darin Erstad led off with a home run off Tim Worrell to get the Angels within one run. Full-year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports.