Tony Gwynn: Bonds’ troubles are not over yet
The Giants slugger, who has failed to homer in any of the 10 games he’s played this season, will try to halt his longest homerless drought to open a season since 1998 when he steps to the plate for San Francisco’s second of a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Giants (8-4) got another win without a big hit from Bonds Monday, rallying for their sixth victory in seven games when Mark Sweeney hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth and Steve Finley hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to win the series opener 10-9.
The Diamondbacks (5-8) had overcome a seven-run deficit to take a 9-7 lead when Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the sixth of what would’ve been the biggest comeback in team history.
“After three of the worst innings of baseball I’ve ever seen … to our credit we didn’t die,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. “We came back, we had a lead …”
Gonzalez continues to stand one double shy of 500 for his career. His next two-base hit will make him the only active player besides Bonds with 500 career doubles and 300 career home runs.
Bonds went 1-for-3 with two walks Monday, enduring more crowd booing and the disorderly conduct of a 23-year-old Arizona man who allegedly threw a toothpaste-like tube at him in the fourth inning.
“It’s definitely not a trend that we want to continue,” Giants center fielder Randy Winn said of the second object-throwing incident directed at Bonds this season. “I know he’s going through a lot … If you want to cheere for Barry or boo Barry, that’s part of the game. But if you throw things or go after him, that’s not what anyone wants.”
Bonds has traditionally fared well against the Diamondbacks. He’s hit 33 homers in 103 games versus Arizona, including 17 home runs in 52 games at Chase Field.
San Francisco has won eight of its past nine games with the Diamondbacks and has taken seven meetings in a row at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks have lost three straight games since last Friday’s 5-1 win over the Houston Astros. They’ve also dropped five of seven at home this season.
Ortiz spent his first five major league seasons with San Francisco from 1998-2002, posting a 67-44 record and ranking second to Kirk Rueter (70) in wins for the club over that span.
He has fared poorly against his original club since leaving San Francisco, going 0-3 with a 7.99 ERA in six career starts versus the Giants.
Morris is unbeaten in two starts this season, having given up just four runs in 14 innings. He is 4-2 with a 1.89 career ERA against Arizona, including wins in his last four starts versus the Diamondbacks since April, 2002.