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Glaus ties record

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2002

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Once again, two homers by Troy Glaus weren't enough to give the Anaheim Angels a victory.

Glaus hit two solo home runs in Saturday night's World Series opener but Anaheim lost 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants.

''It doesn't matter,'' Glaus said. ''We didn't win tonight. This team, all year long, has been about winning. Unfortunately tonight we ended up on the losing end.''

Glaus, who tied a record by hitting six home runs in a postseason, also connected twice in the first-round opener at Yankee Stadium.

But just like in that game, Angels ace Jarrod Washburn gave up three longballs and Anaheim lost -- taking away from Glaus' big day.

Glaus was the only big offensive threat Saturday for an Angels team that batted .328 and averaged more than six runs a game in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

But Anaheim also lost the openers in those rounds before sweeping the rest of the games.

The Angels are counting on Glaus to keep up his power display in the World Series as well.

''He's definitely a guy that when he gets hot, he's hot,'' teammate Tim Salmon said. ''They gave him a couple of pitches to hit tonight and he didn't miss.''

Glaus got off to quite a start, connecting in the second and sixth innings off Jason Schmidt in his Series debut to tie the record for homers in a single postseason.

All six of Glaus' homers are solo shots.

''He made a couple of mistakes and fortunately I didn't miss them,'' Glaus said. ''Unfortunately we didn't get enough.''

Bob Robertson (1971), Lenny Dykstra (1993), Ken Griffey Jr. (1995), Bernie Williams (1996) and Jim Thome (1998) also have homered six times in a postseason.

Glaus came up with a chance to tie the game leading off the eighth inning against Tim Worrell. With the sellout crowd pounding their red ThunderStix, Glaus was called out on a 2-2 fastball.

He spun away in disgust and muttered on his way back to the dugout.

''He made a good pitch on him for strike three,'' Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher said. ''It backed right up over the plate.''

Hitting home runs is nothing new for the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Glaus, whose 118 homers the past three years are the most among all third baseman.

He led the AL with 47 homers in 2000 and hit 41 last year before dropping off to 30 this season. He was still productive, driving in a career-high 111 runs.

In college at UCLA, Glaus broke Mark McGwire's Pac-10 Conference record for home runs in a season with 34.

Glaus, who became the 27th player to homer in his first Series at-bat, is the 44th player to hit two in a Series game.

''He goes through stretches like this,'' Hatcher said. ''He has his confidence right now. It's good to see, especially at a time when the club really needs him.''

Glaus joined Ted Kluszewski (1959), Gene Tenace (1972), Willie Aikens (1980), Andruw Jones (1996) and Greg Vaughn (1998) as the only players to homer twice in their first Series game.



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