Bonds needs only one more homer to join Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) as the only players with 700 career home runs.
Bonds was 0-for-2 with two walks in the Giants 3-2 series opening victory on Tuesday.
Milwaukee manager Ed Yost had said Bonds wouldn’t have to worry about another “not-in-my-ballpark” manager ordering his team to pitch around him this week in Milwaukee. As fans and souvenir seekers began filing into the ballpark, Yost said his pitchers wouldn’t automatically pitch around Bonds but would challenge him whenever the situation was appropriate.
“I think they’d love to see us win and see Bonds hit a home run, too, which wouldn’t bother me in the least,” Yost said.
Yost hoped the Brewers could pitch to Bonds a dozen times in their three-game series that ends Thursday “because that means we’re in a good position”—where Bonds can’t decide the outcome of a game on one swing of his mighty bat.
“And if the situation dictates, then we’ll go after him. We’re not going to walk him every time he comes up, and we’re not going to pitch around him every time he comes up,” Yost said.
Asked what advice he’d give his pitchers, Yost said: “I’ve already told them make sure you get the guys out in front of him and make sure you get the guys out behind him.”
Bonds worked counts full his first two times up, popping out to shortstop in the first and walking in the fourth. With the score tied at 2 and a man on second in the fifth, Bonds was intentionally walked, drawing boos from the crowd of 27,209.
The Giants win helped maintain their half game lead over the Chicago Cubs for the NL wild card spot.
Brewers starter Wes Obermueller will try to keep Bonds in the park on Wednesday.
Obermueller is 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA in seven appearances since the All-Star break, including five starts. The right-hander beat the Giants 3-0 back on April 14. Bonds, who sat out that game, has never faced the young right-hander.