After getting burned by pitching to Bonds last week in San Francisco, Colorado manager Clint Hurdle opted for what he called “Plan C” on Saturday, which basically meant walking Bonds no matter what the circumstance.
Plan A was pitching to the six-time NL MVP, and Plan B was to pitch around him. The result of Hurdle’s strategy was Bonds going 1-for-1 with three walks Saturday as the Rockies cruised to an 11-2 win.
“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 that.”
Bonds, who leads the majors with 77 walks—41 intentional—doubled when he saw a pitch to hit. San Francisco manager Felipe Alou hinted Saturday that Bonds would probably take Sunday off, but Bonds told his skipper he wants to be in the lineup.
“We only threw Barry one pitch all night and it was a laser off the wall,” Colorado starter Jason 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.”
Saturday’s win was the third in five games for the Rockies, who are trying to win their second straight series. Before this stretch, Colorado had lost 10 of its previous 11 games.
The Giants have dropped four of five since a season-high 10-game winning streak.
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