DENVER (AP) -- Clint Hurdle's "Plan C" for how to deal with
Barry Bonds was finally the answer.
The Colorado Rockies kept Bonds from hurting them this time -- by
giving the slugger only two hittable pitches.
Bonds walked three times, twice intentionally, but doubled off
the wall in right-center in the seventh against Tim Harikkala. He
still finished 1-for-1 to raise his average at Coors Field to .328.
"That's just boring," Bonds said before making a quick exit.
On Friday, Bonds hit his 15th homer and No. 673 of his career
when Jeff Fassero pitched to him after Hurdle instructed him not to
do so. Hurdle said before Saturday's game that Fassero's ego
probably got involved in the decision.
So, the Rockies employed what Hurdle called "Plan C," which
basically meant walking Bonds no matter what. Plan A was pitching
to the six-time NL MVP last weekend in San Francisco, and Plan B
was to pitch around him.
"Plan C worked out well," Hurdle said. "There is no guarantee
that's going to work out. (Bonds) was looking at me and I was
laughing. I told our guys, 'You can't get him out over the plate.'
Go from there. ... I can't give him a better compliment than
Bonds was intentionally walked in the first by Jennings (5-5),
drawing loud boos from the crowd, and then again in the third.
Bonds walked on four pitches in the fifth.
Bonds has a majors-leading 77 walks -- 41 intentional -- in 46
games. He saw two strikes all game, and was pinch-hit for in the
ninth by Dustan Mohr.
Manager Felipe Alou hinted before the game that Bonds would
probably take Sunday's afternoon game off, but Bonds told the
skipper he wants to be in there.
Greene's second of the homer of the year gave the Rockies a 3-0
lead in the fourth. Clayton connected in the sixth for his sixth
homer, a 436-foot shot to dead center.
Greene drove in two more runs with an eighth-inning single off
Wayne Franklin, who also walked in a run in that inning.
Michael Tucker hit a solo homer for the Giants in the fifth, and
singled in a run in the ninth.
San Francisco's offense struggled a day after the Giants hit
four homers and the teams combined for eight longballs.
"What a difference 23 hours made," Alou said.
Jennings relied mostly on his sharp-breaking sinker and got 10
groundball outs. The right-hander allowed four hits and one run,
walked seven and had no strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings.
"We only threw Barry one pitch all night and it was a laser off
the wall," Jennings said. "There is no way of getting around him,
he's probably the greatest hitter ever. Why let him beat you? Make
someone else beat you."
Kirk Rueter (2-5) never got into a groove in his 12th start of
the season. The lefty threw 30 pitches in the first inning, and 103
in his 4 2-3 innings. He allowed nine hits and four earned runs,
struck out one and walked two.
San Francisco's offense didn't help his cause. The Giants
stranded nine of the 11 baserunners they had through six.
Rueter said he's not discouraged by his slow start -- he has won
10 or more games the past seven seasons.
"I feel the same as I always have," he said. "I've always
said all along you try to go out and give your guys chances. What
would bother me is if we weren't winning."
Colorado's Choo Freeman made his first major league start in
center field a day after making his big league debut. He got his
first hit when he singled in the fourth, then singled again in the
sixth. He also scored twice.
It was the first Saturday night game at Coors Field this
year. ... The Rockies improved to 9-21 in night games. ... Hurdle
earned his 162nd victory to pass Buddy Bell (161) for second-most
by a Rockies manager. ... Pedro Feliz, batting after Bonds,
stranded eight baserunners for the Giants. Alou will probably go
back to using Edgardo Alfonzo in the No. 5 slot. "There are going
to be good days and there are going to be bad days," Feliz said.
"There have been more bad than good, but it is going to be
better." ... Harikkala struck out looking in first major league
at-bat in the seventh.