Bonds remained on hold with 659 homers after failing to connect
for the fifth straight game, although he was intentionally walked
and scored in the five-run eighth inning Sunday night that carried
San Francisco to a 6-3 victory over the Padres.
Bonds will continue his pursuit of No. 660, which will tie him
for third on the career list with his godfather, Willie Mays, when
the Giants play their home opener Monday against Milwaukee.
"I'd like to do it at home," said Bonds, who was 2-for-10 with
four walks in the first series at the Padres' $458 million downtown
ballpark. "It's going to come, no matter what. It's just when."
Marquis Grissom was 4-for-5 with two runs.
Bonds came up in the ninth with one on and one out against
rookie reliever Jason Szuminski, who was facing just his third
batter in his big league debut. Szuminski, the first MIT grad to
reach the majors, got Bonds to fly out to left on a 2-1 pitch.
"I was trying to throw him strikes and throw to my strengths
and get him out," Szuminski said. "I did get a front-row seat
about how strong he was. I thought he popped the ball up and he hit
it pretty deep."
Bonds finished 1-for-3 with a sharp double down the left-field
line in the sixth and two walks. Since homering in the season
opener last Monday at Houston, Bonds is 3-for-17 with six walks.
On Saturday night, following a 6-4 win, San Diego's Phil Nevin
and Ryan Klesko groused because drives that would have been home
runs at Qualcomm Stadium were instead falling in for doubles or
going for outs at Petco, which opened Thursday. The power alleys
are 402 feet in left and 411 in right.
Bonds has 75 homers against the Padres, his most against any
team, and he hit 39 at Qualcomm.
"It's different," Bonds said about Petco Park. "It takes time
to get used to it. We all feel good. It's a tough ballpark. It's
odd when you have only one home run in San Diego, period. Even they
hit home runs against us. I think Klesko probably would have had
four in this series."
The only homer in the series was by Grissom on Thursday night.
San Diego's bullpen fell apart in the eighth, wasting seven
strong innings by Jake Peavy.
With one out and two on following Marquis Grissom's freak
double, San Diego manager Bruce Bochy had his only lefty reliever,
Eddie Oropesa, come on to intentionally walk Bonds and load the
Jay Witasick (0-1) relieved and allowed a two-run double to
pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz on his first pitch. Edgardo Alfonzo
followed with an RBI single to tie it. With a two-run single off
Antonio Osuna, Neifi Perez was the seventh straight Giants batter
"I'd much rather face Feliz than Bonds," Bochy said.
Grissom's double caromed off the glove of rookie shortstop
Khalil Greene and bounced into short right, bringing up Bonds.
"It's satisfying for us, period," Bonds said. "We're at .500,
on the road. We've been gone for two months. It's just going to be
good to go home."
Giants manager Felipe Alou said the Padres "pitched great to
Barry. They kept changing zones, kept changing speeds. They walked
him when they felt they had to."
Said Peavy: "He's a great hitter, there's no doubt about that.
But I wasn't afraid to give up the big home run that everybody was
Jason Christiansen (1-0) pitched the seventh for the win. Matt
Herges worked the ninth for his third save in four chances.
San Diego's Brian Giles hit a two-run triple off the right-field
fence in the fourth inning, then popped up from his slide and ran
home when second baseman Ray Durham made an errant throw to third
Brett Tomko, who pitched for the Padres in 2002, retired the
first nine batters. He opened the fourth by allowing Sean
Burroughs' infield single and Mark Loretta's opposite-field a
single to right. Giles drove them both in with his triple off the
top of the fence in right, then scored on Durham's bad throw.
Peavy pitched seven scoreless innings, holding San Francisco to
six hits, striking out four and walking two.
Tomko allowed three runs and four hits in six innings and struck
Szuminski allowed a bases-loaded walk to Michael Tucker in
the ninth. ... Bochy said it's doubtful LHP Sterling Hitchcock will
make his scheduled start Saturday night against Arizona because of
a pulled muscle in his ribcage. If Hitchcock can't start, RHP
Ismael Valdez will go.