Feliz hit a tiebreaking grand slam with two outs in the eighth
inning for his fourth hit of the day, and the Giants helped their
playoff hopes greatly with a 9-5 victory over the Los Angeles
Dodgers on Saturday.
Feliz saw all the fans on their feet, and heard them begging for
a clutch hit. He passed on a first-pitch slider. The next offering
from Dodgers reliever Yhency Brazoban (3-1) was a 97 mph fastball
just high, and Feliz -- a fastball hitter -- pounced on it.
He sent the ball over the left-field wall for his second career
grand slam and 21st homer of the year.
"It was a big day for me. I feel excited about the grand slam
to win the game. When I was running the bases, I was thinking, `We
already have this game," Feliz said. "They don't want to pitch
to (Barry). We wish they pitched to him. It's fun to watch."
The first-place Dodgers had their NL West lead trimmed to 1½
games over the Giants, who also pulled within a half-game of
Chicago in the wild-card race after the Cubs lost 4-3 to the New
York Mets in 11 innings.
The Dodgers and Giants play four more times, including the final
three games of the season next weekend at Dodger Stadium.
Bonds, who hit his 702nd career homer Friday night, matched his
career high with five walks, including three intentional.
Bonds was intentionally walked in his first two at-bats,
including in the third inning with the bases empty, then walked on
five pitches in the fifth. He drew another free pass in the seventh
and walked again in the eighth, giving the slugger 221 total walks
this year and 116 intentional.
Bonds had little to say afterward, but called Feliz "a great
"Two great games, guys, that's it," Bonds said. "Two
outstanding baseball games. Move on. Let's play tomorrow."
Closer Dustin Hermanson pitched a perfect ninth.
Pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee drew a full-count walk to bring up
Durham, who fouled off three straight pitches with the count full
before hitting a high popup in foul territory caught by first
baseman Hee Seop Choi. J.T. Snow walked, then Feliz followed with
the winning hit.
Most of the sellout crowd of 42,486 was on its feet during the
late innings. And the fans went crazy when Feliz's shot sailed out.
"It basically came down to an at-bat with two out in the eighth
and Pedro Feliz crushed it," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.
"That was the game."
The Dodgers played without first baseman Shawn Green, who spent
the day observing the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. Green hit a
two-run homer in Friday night's 3-2 win.
Durham hit his 15th homer leading off the bottom of the first,
his eighth leadoff homer this season and 33rd of his career.
Both starting pitchers got knocked out early, leaving the
bullpens in charge.
Dodgers starter Jose Lima couldn't hold the lead after Cora's
Lima took a ball off his thumb, which already had a chipped bone
it, on Snow's groundout in the third, but stayed in after being
examined by the team trainer.
"Why couldn't the ball just hit me in the mouth? I can always
go to the dentist tomorrow and get new teeth," Lima said.
Deivi Cruz and Tucker both singled to start the fourth. After
Mohr struck out, pinch-hitter Tony Torcato hit a sacrifice fly to
pull San Francisco within 4-3. Durham followed with his second big
hit of the day, an RBI double that chased Lima.
In the fifth, Scott Stewart loaded the bases with an intentional
walk to Cruz. Tucker followed with a go-ahead sacrifice fly.
The Dodgers have eight games left, while San Francisco has seven
with an off day Monday.
Giants starter Brad Hennessey, making his seventh major league
start and second outing in 22 days since San Francisco didn't need
a fifth starter, was done after 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs
and five hits, but hit an RBI single in the second to make it 2-2.
Lima's line was nearly identical: 3 2/3 innings, seven hits,
four runs, four strikeouts and two walks.
Feliz also hit a grand slam June 11, 2003, at the Chicago
White Sox. ... Giants CF Marquis Grissom got the day off. He's
4-for-20 lifetime against Lima. ... Snow batted in the No. 2 hole
for the Giants and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. ... Three of
Cora's nine homers this year are against the Giants.