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Hernandez suffers another October loss

October 28, 2002

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— Livan Hernandez is no Mr. October, as he so boldly professed to the baseball world.

This winter, the San Francisco Giants pitcher will probably reconsider whether he should have opened his mouth to issue such a grand proclamation: "I never lose in October."

He did lose this month twice. And both times on baseball's biggest stage, no less.

The perfect postseason record gone. The 1997 World Series and NLCS MVP honors ancient history. Nobody cares much about that now.

When the Giants needed him most, Hernandez didn't get them the World Series ring that has eluded the franchise for nearly five decades.

He lasted only two-plus innings in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Angels in Game 7 of the World Series.

"Nobody feels good. You lost the World Series," a teary-eyed Hernandez said. "Anaheim beat me. I don't have an excuse. They were hitting. I was throwing balls and I can't do anything."

He allowed four runs on four hits with four walks and a strikeout as the Giants came up short in their bid for the franchise's first championship in 48 years.

"I think that's a great offensive team that scored a few runs off him," third baseman David Bell said.

The Giants last won the whole thing in 1954, when they were still in New York. They thought Hernandez could get it done, pitching on his regular four days' rest.

Manager Dusty Baker stood by his decision to start Hernandez and not Kirk Rueter, who would have been on three days' rest. Rueter came in to pitch four solid innings.

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