10/03/2003 3:10 PM ET
Marlins-Giants Game 3 awards
MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or, in this case, cable cars, in honor of San Francisco, and fish, in honor of those scrappy Marlins -- for performances in this year's National League Division Series.
By Mike Scarr / MLB.com
Showing the true meaning of "wild card," the Wild Card-winning Florida Marlins now have the defending NL champion Giants on the ropes, with a 2-1 lead in their five-game series.
Five cable cars: Splash hit!
Four cable cars: Golden (as in that bridge)
Three cable cars: San Francisco treat
Two cable cars: Uphill climb
One cable car: Stuck in Alcatraz
Edgardo Alfonzo: The Giants' third baseman continued to get the big hits for his club. In Game 3, he went 4-for-5 with a double, walk and run scored. But his biggest hit of the night was his 11th-inning, go-ahead RBI single off Braden Looper that brought home Rich Aurilia for a brief 3-2 Giants lead.
Barry Bonds: The Marlins elected to pitch to Bonds in the 11th with one on and none out. While trying to be careful, Looper kept the ball down in the zone, but Bonds reached down to line a smash up the middle and off the leg of Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez. As the ball caromed into short right field, Aurilia advanced to third and scored on Alfonzo's base hit.
Pedro Feliz: Pinch-hitting for Kirk Rueter in the sixth, Feliz hit a game-tying, two-out RBI single to pull the Giants even. In this series, Feliz is 2-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored and a triple.
Kirk Rueter: Woody was down early after allowing a two-run homer to Ivan Rodriguez, but he kept the Giants' deficit to just two runs, allowing a double and two walks over his remaining 4 2/3 innings. Rueter also got onboard in the fifth, with a bunt single.
Jose Cruz Jr.: The Giants' right fielder tracked what appeared to be the first out of the Marlins' half of the 11th inning. But the pop fly off the bat of Jeff Conine popped out for a one-base error. Conine was later thrown out at the plate, but the error contributed to the Marlins' game-winning rally, as they kept up the pressure against Giants closer Tim Worrell.
Five fish: Whale of a performance
Four fish: Starfish
Three fish: Happy as a clam
Two fish: Nice minnow
One fish: Sorry, Charlie
Pudge: It's tough to say that the win rested on the shoulders of one player, but the man was simply everywhere on Friday. Rodriguez delivered the game-winner in the Marlins' 4-3 win with a two-out, two-run single off Worrell, and drove in all four Marlins runs. He also hit the first postseason home run of his career in the bottom of the first, a two-run shot off Rueter to put the Marlins up, 2-0. In the top of the seventh, after the Giants moved the go-ahead run to second base with one down, Rodriguez threw a strike to third baseman Miguel Cabrera to nail Marquis Grissom on a stolen-base attempt, letting air out of the Giants rally. Pudge later took out second baseman Neifi Perez, who was making the pivot on a potential double play in the eighth.
Jeff Conine: Also in the seventh, with one on and none out, Rich Aurilia reached down and lifted a fly ball down the left-field line that appeared to have the distance to go out. But Conine tracked the ball perfectly, snatching the ball from the top of the wall and robbing a possible two-run homer and certain extra bases.
Luis Castillo: Hitting behind Juan Pierre at the top of the Marlins' lineup, Castillo went 3-for-5 on Friday with two doubles and a walk, and scored on Pudge's homer in the first.
Mark Redman: Redman tossed five shutout innings as the Marlins took an early lead, but in the sixth, the left-hander booted a pair of fielding chances that led to both Giants' runs in that inning. Bonds hit a nubber to lead off. Redman fielded the ball, but double-clutched as he tried to find the handle, and Bonds beat the throw for an infield single. After Alfonzo singled, Andres Galarraga hit a comebacker. Redman again fielded the ball, but he threw wide of shortstop Alex Gonzalez for the first end of the double play. Castillo, backing up the throw, received the errant toss and threw to Derrek Lee for the out at first. If Redman made those plays, he and the Marlins would have been out of the inning. Instead the Giants rallied to score twice and tie the game.
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.