Bonds remained tied with Babe Ruth at 714 home runs for his
fourth straight game, and Durham drove in three runs with a pair of
doubles in the Giants' 9-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on
As they often do, the Giants made an opponent pay for walking
Bonds. They have scored 57 runs this season following walks to
"I'm speaking for those guys over there, and you can't let
Barry beat you," Durham said. "Let the guy in front of him or the
guy behind him beat you."
Jason Schmidt won his fourth straight decision and Travis
Ishikawa doubled twice, singled and drove in three runs for the
Giants in his first game since being promoted from Double-A
Connecticut on Thursday.
Bonds went 1-for-2 with an RBI single, an intentional walk and a
hit by pitch. He still needs one home run to take over sole
possession of second place on the career list. Bonds was plunked on
the first pitch thrown to him by Jeff Francis in the first, a 73
mph curveball that hit Bonds in the right thigh and drew loud boos
from the crowd.
Bonds grounded out to first base on a six-pitch at-bat in the
third to chants of "Barry! Barry!" and then was intentionally
walked for the 21st time -- his 45th free pass overall this season --
with one out in the fifth.
He singled to right in the sixth for his 18th RBI, then was
lifted for pinch-runner Jason Ellison.
"People are looking at Barry a lot," Giants manager Felipe
Alou said. "Right now, Barry himself is getting to be the baseball
player he is. He is driving in runs with groundballs and base
Fans were on their feet from the moment Bonds made his way from
the on-deck circle to the batter's box. The seven-time NL MVP has
two games remaining on this homestand to pass Ruth and add another
milestone homer to the list of things he's accomplished in San
Francisco's waterfront ballpark.
"Keeping him in the yard is not part of our game plan,"
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We want to get him out."
Bonds has gone 14 at-bats and 19 plate appearances since his
last home run, May 20 at Oakland off Brad Halsey. Once Bonds hits
No. 715, only home run king Hank Aaron's 755 will be left to chase.
Bonds' skipper believes he could still catch Aaron.
"That's not a lot of homers for Barry Bonds," Alou said of his
star player, who turns 42 on July 24. "That's a very small
Schmidt (4-2) allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out six
and walked three to win for the first time in three starts.
"I was kind of hit or miss at times," he said. "The biggest
thing was the team scored a lot of runs. That made it easy and took
the pressure off me."
He plunked cleanup hitter Matt Holliday on the right hand
leading off the fourth. Though it didn't appear to be intentional,
both benches were warned. Holliday went to the ground writhing in
pain and was briefly examined before he went to first base. He
later left with a bruised right thumb, and X-rays were negative.
"That's the best news we got tonight," Hurdle said.
Holliday didn't accuse Schmidt of throwing at him on purpose.
"If they are trying to retaliate for a 65 mph curveball, that's
their issue," Holliday said. "I can't speak for him, so I don't
know if he did it on purpose or not."
Mesa received a four-game suspension for throwing at Vizquel's
head during the eighth inning of last Saturday's game at Denver.
Mesa has vowed never to forget that Vizquel ripped him in his 2002
autobiography. The two played together in Cleveland from 1992-98,
but their friendship ended when Vizquel criticized Mesa for blowing
the save in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series against Florida.
Giants pitcher Matt Morris and pitching coach Dave Righetti were
fined undisclosed amounts for their actions during a game the
following day, when Morris was ejected after throwing only eight
pitches and plunking two of the five batters he faced.
Francis (3-4) had his worst outing of the year after winning
three of his previous four starts, allowing a season-high seven
earned runs in five innings as the Rockies dropped their fourth
straight. They were just swept in a three-game series at Dodger
Vizquel singled in the sixth to reach safely in his eighth
straight plate appearance.
Rockies 2B Luis Gonzalez left after the first inning with
inflammation in both wrists caused by gout. ... Schmidt earned his
13th victory over Colorado, tying his total against Arizona for his
most wins vs. any club. Only Randy Johnson with 14 has more wins
against the Rockies. ... Ishikawa, who started at 1B, doubled his
major league hit total with a second-inning single. He is wearing
No. 1, the same number worn by Japanese home run leader Sadaharu
Oh. "Hopefully, I can put up some numbers like he did," said
Ishikawa, who is half Japanese. ... The Giants batted around in the
fifth. ... Durham is 10-for-18 lifetime against Francis.