SAN DIEGO (AP) -- As Barry Bonds slouched in a chair in the
middle of the visitors' clubhouse and spoke with reporters, 10
policemen and numerous security guards mustered outside to make
sure the slugger had a safe exit from Petco Park.
"Matt Morris pitched a great game, guys got some key hits and I
didn't really have much to do with it," Bonds said. "I just wish
we scored earlier and not put that much pressure on him."
Bonds reached base three times without getting a hit and scored
Although Bonds was booed every time he came to bat, he took less
grief from the fans than he did on Monday, when he was booed
mercilessly and had a syringe thrown at him.
A security guard stood on top of the Giants' dugout after each
half-inning on a cold Wednesday night, when there were 20,000 fewer
fans in the stands than on opening day. The Padres closed a
standing-room-only area just beyond the left-field corner because
of what one team executive said was unruly fan behavior on Monday.
Bonds said the only distraction to him was the media, although
several in the scrum that surrounded him after the game were
associated with his cable reality show.
Morris held the Padres to five hits and a run in 6 1/3 innings.
Shawn Estes, a former Giants pitcher, lost his Padres debut by
allowing three runs in the sixth even though the Giants hit the
ball out of the infield just once.
San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez had three hits, including a homer
leading off the seventh.
"I'd like to take things back that inning, but there are no
mulligans in baseball," Estes said.
Bonds walked to load the bases, with the left-handed Estes
throwing several inside pitches.
Estes fielded Moises Alou's two-bouncer and probably could have
thrown out Vizquel at the plate. He appeared to hesitate, but said
he couldn't get a grip on the ball, and Alou was safe with an RBI
"I wish I could have that ball back that Alou hit because I
think we would have gotten the guy at home if I would have been
able to get the handle on it," Estes said. "Unfortunately I
wasn't able to and it led to three runs."
Estes walked Lance Niekro, forcing in another run, and Bonds
scored on a double play.
Bonds reached base leading off the second and fourth innings,
and was stranded each time.
Estes hit Bonds with a pitch on his right elbow guard in the
"There's not a whole lot of room for error in there," Estes
said. "You hit him; if you don't, you have about six inches of air
to work with. If you don't get it in there, he hits it really hard
Bonds reached in the fourth on a throwing error by rookie second
baseman Josh Barfield. With the Padres playing the "Bonds shift,"
where all the fielders move to their left, Barfield fielded the
slugger's one-hopper in shallow right, but overthrew first baseman
Bonds left after the top of the sixth. He played Wednesday night
even though the Giants have their home opener Thursday afternoon.
The original plan was to play him on Monday and Tuesday, then rest
him Wednesday, but Tuesday night's game was rained out.
Bonds is under investigation by baseball for alleged steroid
abuse. The slugger denies using performance-enhancing drugs. He
entered the season with 708 homers, seven shy of passing Babe Ruth
for second and 48 short of breaking Hank Aaron's record.
Morris allowed Gonzalez's homer leading off the seventh, then
was chased by consecutive one-out singles by Vinny Castilla and
Barfield. Steve Kline retired pinch-hitter Eric Young, walked
pinch-hitter Doug Mirabelli to load the bases, then struck out
pinch-hitter Mark Bellhorn.
Morris struck out three and walked three.
"I was excited," said Morris, who spent the previous nine
years with St. Louis. "You try to keep all the distractions out,
but of course I'm pitching for a new team, pitching for all these
guys who are seeing me for the first time during the season. It's
nice to go out there and start strong."
Estes allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck
out four and walked three. Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for the
save, getting Young to hit into a game-ending double play with one
on. It was the third double play turned by the Giants.
Padres RHP Woody Williams pitched the seventh. He and Chan
Ho Park were put in the bullpen starting the season because the
Padres won't need a fifth starter for the first two weeks. ...
Padres 1B Ryan Klesko is debating whether to have surgery on his
strained left shoulder, which forced him to start the season on the
disabled list. ... Morris was the St. Louis starter on Oct. 8 when
the Cardinals beat the Padres at Petco Park to complete a playoff