2002 San Francisco Giants season
|2002 San Francisco Giants|
2002 NL Wildcard berth|
2002 NL Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Brian Sabean|
(Mike Krukow, Joe Angel, Jon Miller, Lon Simmons, Duane Kuiper)
FSN Bay Area
(Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper)
(Mike Krukow, Lon Simmons, Tim McCarver, Jon Miller, Joe Angel)
(Erwin Higueros, Amaury Pi-Gonzalez)
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The 2002 San Francisco Giants season was the 120th in franchise history, the franchise's 45th season in San Francisco, and their third in Pacific Bell Park. The season ended with the Giants winning the National League pennant but losing to the Anaheim Angels in the 2002 World Series.
The Giants finished the regular season with a record of 95–66, 2 1⁄2 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West standings. By virtue of having the best record among second-place teams in the National League, they won the NL wild card to earn a postseason berth.
In the postseason, the Giants faced the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. After being brought to the brink of elimination, the Giants won Games 4 and 5 to clinch the series, three games to two. They went on to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series by a series score of four games to one to win the franchise's 20th NL championship and its third in San Francisco. Then, in the World Series, they brought the Angels to the brink of elimination before the Angels came from behind to win Games 6 and 7.
- November 28, 2001: Wayne Gomes was released by the San Francisco Giants.
- December 16, 2001: Tsuyoshi Shinjo was traded by the New York Mets with Desi Relaford to the San Francisco Giants for Shawn Estes.
- December 18, 2001: Jason Schmidt was signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.
- January 25, 2002: David Bell was traded by the Seattle Mariners to the San Francisco Giants for Desi Relaford and cash.
Opening Day starters
- SP- Jason Schmidt
- C- Benito Santiago
- 1B – J. T. Snow
- 2B – Jeff Kent
- SS – Rich Aurilia
- 3B – Pedro Feliz
- LF – Barry Bonds
- CF – Tsuyoshi Shinjo
- RF – Reggie Sanders
National League West
|San Francisco Giants||95||66||0.590||2½||50–31||45–35|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||92||70||0.568||6||46–35||46–35|
|San Diego Padres||66||96||0.407||32||41–40||25–56|
Record vs. opponents
2002 National League Records
- June 4, 2002: Matt Cain was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft. Player signed June 26, 2002.
- July 28, 2002: Kenny Lofton was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the San Francisco Giants for Felix Diaz and Ryan Meaux (minors).
- September 4, 2002: Bill Mueller was traded by the Chicago Cubs with cash to the San Francisco Giants for Jeff Verplancke (minors).
Game log and schedule
|Bold||Giants team member|
|2002 Game Log (95–66) (Home: 50–31; Road: 45–35)|
April (15–11) (Home: 7–4; Road: 8–7)
May (15–12) (Home: 10–6; Road: 5–6)
June (15–12) (Home: 7–6; Road: 8–6)
July (14–13) (Home: 6–7; Road: 8–6)
August (18–10) (Home: 8–4; Road: 10–6)
September (18–8) (Home: 12–4; Road: 6–4)
|2002 Postseason Game Log|
|2002 San Francisco Giants|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Jensen, RyanRyan Jensen||32||171.2||13||8||4.51||105|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
National League Divisional Playoffs
San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves
San Francisco wins the series, 3-2
|1||Atlanta||5||San Francisco||8||October 2||Turner Field||1-0 (SFO)|
|2||Atlanta||7||San Francisco||3||October 3||Turner Field||1-1|
|3||San Francisco||2||Atlanta||10||October 5||Pacific Bell Park||2-1 (ATL)|
|4||San Francisco||8||Atlanta||3||October 6||Pacific Bell Park||2-2|
|5||Atlanta||1||San Francisco||3||October 7||Turner Field||3-2 (SFO)|
National League Championship Series
| WP: Kirk Rueter (1-0) LP: Matt Morris (0-1) Sv: Robb Nen (1)|
SFG: Kenny Lofton (1), David Bell (1), Benito Santiago (1)
STL: Albert Pujols (1), Miguel Cairo (1), J. D. Drew (1)
| WP: Jason Schmidt (1-0) LP: Woody Williams (0-1) Sv: Robb Nen (2)|
SFG: Rich Aurilia 2 (2)
STL: Eduardo Pérez (1)
| WP: Chuck Finley (1-0) LP: Jay Witasick (0-1) Sv: Jason Isringhausen (1)|
STL: Mike Matheny (1), Jim Edmonds (1), Eli Marrero (1)
SFG: Barry Bonds (1)
| WP: Tim Worrell (1-0) LP: Rick White (0-1) Sv: Robb Nen (3)|
SFG: Benito Santiago (2)
|WP: Tim Worrell (2-0) LP: Matt Morris (0-2)|
San Francisco won 4-3 at Edison International Field of Anaheim (now Angel Stadium of Anaheim) to take a 1-0 lead. Barry Bonds hit a home run in his first career World Series at-bat. He was one of three Giants to homer in the game (the other two were Reggie Sanders and JT Snow). Troy Glaus hit 2 home runs for the Angels.
| WP: Jason Schmidt (1-0) LP: Jarrod Washburn (0-1) Sv: Robb Nen (1)|
SFG: Barry Bonds (1), Reggie Sanders (1), J. T. Snow (1)
ANA: Troy Glaus 2 (2)
Anaheim won 11-10 at home in a game where the lead kept fluctuating between the two teams, tying up the series. Bonds again hit a mammoth homer with 2 outs in the 9th inning, off of Troy Percival. The biggest home run of the night, however, was hit by Tim Salmon, a longtime Angel, with 2 outs and one on in the bottom of the 8th. The dramatic blast won the game for the Angels.
| WP: Francisco Rodríguez (1-0) LP: Félix Rodríguez (0-1) Sv: Troy Percival (1)|
SFG: Reggie Sanders (2), David Bell (1), Jeff Kent (1), Barry Bonds (2)
ANA: Tim Salmon 2 (2)
Anaheim won 10-4 in the first game at Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park). The Angels batted around twice without a home run in either of their 4-run innings. Barry Bonds hit another home run, becoming the first man to homer in his first 3 World Series games.
| WP: Ramón Ortiz (1-0) LP: Liván Hernández (0-1)|
SFG: Rich Aurilia (1), Barry Bonds (3)
San Francisco scored a 4-3 victory to tie the series. NLCS MVP Benito Santiago tied the game with a single in the 5th inning after the Angels walked Barry Bonds with a runner on second and two outs. David Bell put the Giants ahead with an RBI single in the bottom of the 8th. The run was unearned due to Anaheim catcher Bengie Molina's passed ball during the previous at-bat, allowing J. T. Snow to move to second.
| WP: Tim Worrell (1-0) LP: Francisco Rodríguez (1-1) Sv: Robb Nen (2)|
ANA: Troy Glaus (3)
San Francisco took a 16-4 blowout win in a game in which the Angels never led. The most well-known moment in this game occurred when Giants first baseman J. T. Snow scored off a Kenny Lofton triple. 3-year-old batboy Darren Baker, son of Giants manager Dusty Baker, ran to home plate to collect Lofton's bat before the play was completed and was quickly lifted by the jacket by Snow as he crossed the plate, with David Bell close on his heels. Had Snow not acted quickly, Darren could have been seriously injured.
| WP: Jason Schmidt (2-0) LP: Jarrod Washburn (0-2)|
SFG: Jeff Kent 2 (3), Rich Aurilia (2)
The turning point in the series came in Game 6. Leading 5-0 with one out in the bottom of the 7th inning, 8 outs away from the Giants' first World Series title in San Francisco, Giants manager Dusty Baker pulled starting pitcher Russ Ortiz for setup man Félix Rodríguez after Ortiz gave up consecutive singles to third baseman Troy Glaus and designated hitter Brad Fullmer. In a widely publicized move, Baker gave Ortiz the game ball as he sent him back to the dugout. During the pitching change the Rally Monkey came on the JumboTron, sending 45,037 Angels fans into a frenzy. Angel first baseman Scott Spiezio came to the plate and fouled off pitch after pitch before finally hitting a 3-run home run that barely cleared the wall in right field. The rally continued in the 8th inning, as Angel center fielder Darin Erstad hit a leadoff line-drive home run, followed by consecutive singles by Tim Salmon and Garret Anderson. (Chone Figgins pinch ran for Salmon.) When Bonds misplayed Anderson's shallow left field bloop single, Figgins and Anderson took third and second respectively. With no outs, two runners in scoring position and now only a 5-4 lead, Baker brought in closer Robb Nen to pitch to Glaus, hoping that Nen could induce a strikeout that might yet preserve the Giants' slim lead. However, Glaus slugged a double to the left-center field gap over Bonds' head to drive in the tying and winning runs. In the 9th inning, Angels closer Troy Percival struck out Rich Aurilia to preserve the 6-5 victory in front of the jubilant home crowd.
| WP: Brendan Donnelly (1-0) LP: Tim Worrell (1-1) Sv: Troy Percival (2)|
SFG: Shawon Dunston (1), Barry Bonds (4)
ANA: Scott Spiezio (1), Darin Erstad (1)
Game 7 proved to be somewhat anticlimactic after the drama of Game 6. The Giants scored the first run on a sacrifice, but the Angels responded with a run-scoring double from catcher Bengie Molina and a 3-run double to right field from left fielder Garret Anderson to open a 4-1 lead. Rookie starting pitcher John Lackey maintained that lead. In the 9th inning, closer Troy Percival provided some tense moments as he opened the inning by putting two Giants on base, with only one out. But Tsuyoshi Shinjo – the first Japanese player in a World Series game – struck out swinging, and Kenny Lofton, also representing the tying run, flied out to Darin Erstad in right-center field to end the Series. The Angels won Game 7, 4-1, to claim their franchise's first and so far only World Series Championship. John Lackey became the first rookie pitcher to win a World Series game 7 since 1909.
|WP: John Lackey (1-0) LP: Liván Hernández (0-2) Sv: Troy Percival (3)|
Awards and honors
- David Bell 3B, Willie Mac Award
- Barry Bonds, National League Most Valuable Player
- Barry Bonds, Major League record (since broken), highest on-base percentage in one season (.582)
- Benito Santiago, 2002 NLCS MVP
- Jason Schmidt Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
- Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p.36, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- Baseball America 2003 Annual Directory
- 2002 San Francisco Giants team at Baseball-Reference
- 2002 San Francisco Giants team at Baseball Almanac