San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds is getting closer and closer to one of the most elite milestones in baseball.
Bonds will continue his quest for 700 career home runs when the Giants resume their three-game series with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bonds said before Friday’s game he would move closer to the 700-homer club before the night was through. He was right as he connected for his 697th homer in the second inning of the Giants’ 18-7 win.
He has said that he wants to hit No. 700 during San Francisco’s current six-game homestand, but he failed to connect in the first three games against Colorado and had not homered since hitting two in Atlanta on Sunday.
Arizona manager Al Pedrique said coming in that he didn’t intend to give Bonds a chance.
“I’m not going to make the highlights that Barry Bonds did it against the Diamondbacks,” said Pedrique, who was Bonds’ teammate in Pittsburgh. “I’m sorry, I won’t pitch to him. Let it be someone else. I want to win games and if he comes up where it affects the game, I don’t think he’s going to see a (strike).”
Bonds was walked intentionally twice, giving him 191 passes this season and extending his major league record to 100 intentional bases on balls. However, with the Giants winning 7-2 in the second, he connected on a 2-0 pitch.
Edgardo Alfonzo added five hits, including a homer, for the Giants, who had 18 hits and set a season high for runs. San Francisco, which batted around four times in the first six innings, moved within 5 1/2 games of Los Angeles in the NL West and within a game of the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race.
The Cubs, whose game at Florida on Friday was postponed, have played four fewer games than the Giants.
The Diamondbacks managed 15 hits, but committed three errors in their sixth straight loss to the Giants and fourth in five games overall.
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