Despite pitching 2 1/3 innings in emergency relief in the Anaheim Angels' 11-10 victory tonight in Game 2 of the World Series, rookie right-hander John Lackey said he will still make his scheduled start in Game 4 Wednesday night.
Tonight normally would have been Lackey's bullpen side session, but the Angels had him skip the session in case they needed him in relief -- which they did when starter Kevin Appier failed to make it out of the third. Lackey gave up two runs (one of them unearned) tonight.
"The playoffs are different," he said. "There are no rules. Everybody is available every night."
Lackey dominated the Minnesota Twins in Game 4 of the ALCS and has made two relief appearances in the postseason, including tonight -- the only relief appearances of his professional career.
He said he would not be affected adversely in Game 4 by the extra pitching.
"I would've thrown more pitches than that in my side session," said Lackey, who threw 32 pitches tonight.
In addition to hitting the two-run homer that proved to be the winning margin in Game 1, Giants first baseman J.T. Snow also made the most memorable defensive play of the game. In the fifth inning, Snow, a six-time Gold Glove winner, slipped on the warning track near the Giants' dugout, but recovered in time to get up and catch Tim Salmon's foul pop.
Afterward, Snow said he is "surprised Major League Baseball hasn't done something about that track. I'd hate to see somebody get hurt and miss the rest of the World Series. One of [the Angels'] players told me it has happened to a lot of other guys."
Baker suggested the Angels change the warning track.
"It's old," Baker said. "Some of it has waffled. Some of it has repairs on it. It's very slick. J.T. had plastic cleats on, so plastic on plastic equals on your butt. I asked him about [wearing] steal cleats. He said some players on the Angels told him guys have slipped even with steal cleats.
"I don't mean to spend the Angels' money, but maybe next year they can change it."
Angels third baseman Troy Glaus said he wears plastic spikes, but has learned to tread carefully on the warning track. "The track is a little slick," he said.
Added Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations: "There are some issues we are going to address at the GM meetings [in November], and that's one of them. What happened [to Snow in Game 1] is probably the best publicity."
Snow, who played for the Angels from 1993 to '96 and who grew up in nearby Seal Beach, on the Rally Monkey: "I've yet to see him get a hit or throw a strike or get somebody out." . . .
The Angels have lost the opener in all three playoff series; however, they were 8-0 in all other games following their 11-10 win tonight. . . .
When Anaheim's Brad Fullmer stole home on the front end of a double-steal in tonight's first inning, it marked the first steal of home in a World Series game since Tim McCarver did it in 1964.