15 Years Ago Today: LA Angels vs. San Fran Giants Game 3

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 20: Left fielder Barry Bonds
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 20: Left fielder Barry Bonds /

With a tied series after two games, the LA Angels met up for a pivotal Game 3 against the San Francisco Giants. In their first game in the Bay Area, the Halos put on quite the show.

The LA Angels were not supposed to be in the World Series. The Oakland A’s were supposed to ride a magical season into the Fall Classic. The Giants were Wild Cards as well. It was the first time two Wild Cards met for the championship, and unpredictability was a theme throughout the series.

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Who would have thought the Angels would go up north in Game 3 and plate ten runners in front of a hostile San Francisco crowd? It wasn’t until the third inning the Angels got going. Down 1-0, the SoCal heroes scored four runs and batter around the order. The inning was highlighted by a two run triple courtesy of Scott Spiezio.

In the fourth inning, an encore was in order. The Angels hit around again, scoring four more runs. Barry Bonds was outnumbered, even as he hit a home run for a third straight game.

When Scott Shoeneweis closed the game for the Halos, history had been made. The Angels took a 2-1 lead, but this was historical for other reasons as well. Renel Brooks-Moon was recognized as the first female announcer of a championship game in any of the four major US sports.

This victory for the Angels meant the Giants lost their first World Series game at Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park). However, San Francisco would go through six more World Series home games before losing in front of the Bay Area natives on the big stage.

Next: 15 Years Later: Game Three

With a 2-1 lead, it seemed as if the Angels had taken control of the series. However, unpredictability continued on as the series, and all the excitement that came with it, had barely started.