"I can't throw a fastball 89. You think I can throw a cut
fastball 89?" Moyer said. "Must have been Barry's bat speed."
Whatever the speed was on his pitches, Moyer was good enough to
limit San Francisco to one run in eight innings and the Seattle Mariners won 5-1 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Moyer (4-6) allowed a Jason Ellison home run leading off the
game and then just five singles. He walked none and struck out four
-- including Bonds twice -- in his 500th career start.
"At this rate, he'll go 500 more, the way he's out there
throwing 83-, 84-mile-per-hour heaters and making guys look
foolish," second baseman Willie Bloomquist said. "Playing behind
him, you just scratch your head."
Adrian Beltre homered and singled in another run for the
Mariners, who held Bonds homerless in 10 plate appearances
following his home run Friday night. The slugger remained 37 home
runs behind Hank Aaron's major league record.
Bonds, who turns 42 next month, went 0-for-3 against the
Bonds has five home runs in 35 at-bats against Moyer, whom he
called a "pretty good friend." The first was Bonds' 11th career
homer in 1986, when Bonds was a rookie with the Pittsburgh Pirates
and Moyer was a rookie with the Chicago Cubs.
Moyer retired Bonds on three called strikes to end the first
inning Sunday. The third was a 76-mph floater that Bonds said he
thought was outside. Bonds gave a side look to home plate umpire
John Hirschbeck before pivoting on his back heel and returning to
Catcher Kenji Johjima said Hirschbeck helped Moyer with a
generous strike zone, especially low, "so we expanded that area
Bonds flied to left field on the first pitch he saw in the
"He did me a favor by swinging at that first pitch," Moyer
In the sixth, Bonds fouled off two pitches. Moyer then shook off
Johjima's sign for an outside pitch and threw a sinking fastball
inside. Bonds swung through it for another strikeout, prompting
roars from a second consecutive sellout crowd of 45,216.
"He gave me some pitches to try and hit to the upper deck,"
Bonds said. "But he won."
As for the radar gun reading, Seattle manager Mike Hargrove
joked of Moyer, "If he throws 89, he's going to have to take a
Giants starter Jamey Wright (5-7) helped give the Mariners the
lead in the third inning. Bloomquist singled, advanced to second on
a sacrifice and stole third base. With two outs, Beltre broke his
bat on a grounder to the left of the mound. Shortstop Omar Vizquel
was gliding into position when Wright kicked his right leg at the
ball and deflected it past Vizquel into the outfield to score
"Omar wasn't where he was supposed to be. He was supposed to be
where I deflected it to," Wright joked.
Then Wright threw away a pickoff attempt of Beltre at first
base. The error advanced Beltre into position to score the go-ahead
run on Raul Ibanez's single. Carl Everett added an RBI single to
make it 3-1.
Beltre led off the fifth with his sixth home run and Ichiro
Suzuki had an RBI single in the eighth. Suzuki went 2-for-4 to
extend his hitting streak to 18 games, tying his AL-best streak
Wright left after he loaded the bases on walks in the seventh.
He allowed eight hits, walked four and struck out four over 6 2-3
innings for his fifth straight winless start.
Bonds struck out a third time in the ninth, against closer
J.J. Putz. ... Giants OF Moises Alou was scratched from the lineup
just before the first pitch after waking up with back spasms. "I
can't bend over," Alou said. Manager Felipe Alou said he wants to
rest his 39-year-old son for Monday's home game against the Los
Angeles Angels. ... Mariners 2B Jose Lopez sat out for the first
time since May 27 and for the third time in 71 games. He jammed his
left thumb sliding into first base on a groundout Saturday. He said
he's never slid headfirst into first base before. "Never will
again," Lopez said. Lopez expects to play Tuesday at the Los