Former major leaguer Bobby Bonds, father of Giants slugger Barry Bonds, died on Saturday, and his passing saddened many members of the organization. Barry Bonds will be away from the team indefinitely.
“There’s not many players whose dad or mom dies while they’re still active. We’ve had it two times this year,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “When that happens, it makes all the other guys think, too. … It was really quiet.”
Despite the somber atmosphere, the Giants rallied to beat the Marlins 3-2 for their fifth straight win. Neifi Perez doubled home Yorvit Torrealba with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to seal the win.
“As soon as we got here and we knew that Barry Bonds’ father died, it was sad,” said Perez, who had two doubles. “But we’re professionals. We have to play the game, and we’re glad we won the game for him.”
The Marlins lost their fifth straight, but didn’t lose any ground in the NL wild-card race, thanks to Philadelphia’s loss to St. Louis on Saturday. Florida is 1 1/2 games behind the Phillies.
Florida has been outscored 33-15 during its five-game skid.
STANDINGS: Marlins - 3rd place, 13 1/2 GB, NL East. Giants - 1st place, NL West.
MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Carl Pavano (9-11, 4.34 ERA). Pavano was pounded in a 10-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. Through six innings, he allowed seven runs—six earned—and 10 hits. Over his previous three outings, Pavano had allowed just four earned runs in 18 1-3 innings. The 27-year-old right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.20 ERA in six career games against the Giants.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Kirk Rueter (7-3, 4.30 ERA). Rueter, who had been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder, will be making his first start since July 25. On Tuesday, he pitched 4 2-3 scoreless innings in a rehabilitation start at Triple-A Fresno. The 32-year-old left-hander is 4-5 with a 5.55 ERA in 14 career games against Florida.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Marlins - Luis Castillo, .321 avg.; Mike Lowell, 32 HRs and 105 RBIs; Castillo and Juan Pierre, 83 runs; Pierre, 57 SBs. Giants - Bonds, .339 avg., 39 HRs, 79 RBIs and 92 runs; Eric Young, 25 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 5-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Marlins - CF Pierre is 8-for-18 (.444) in his career against LHP Rueter. … LF Miguel Cabrera is batting .340 (18-for-53) in his last 14 games. … The Marlins are 2-9 all-time at Pac-Bell. Giants - 3B Edgardo Alfonzo is batting .206 (7-for-34) in his career against RHP Pavano. … The Giants are a major-league-best 22-8 in one-run games, including a 16-2 mark at home. … CF Marquis Grissom needs one homer to reach 200 for his career.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Marlins - 29-35 on the road; Giants - 46-18 at home.
INJURIES: Marlins - OF Todd Hollandsworth (back), 15-day DL; LHP Armando Almanza (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Tommy Phelps (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendix), 60-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Kevin Olsen (concussion), 60-day DL; RHP Tim Spooneybarger (arm), 60-day DL. Giants - C Alberto Castillo (wrist), 15-day DL; INF Ray Durham (leg), 15-day DL; 1B J.T. Snow (groin), 15-day DL; OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Jesse Foppert (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL.