Tony Gwynn: Who’s better: Pujols, Bonds or A-Rod?
It has been almost a decade since Barry Bonds has had a homerless drought like this.
Bonds failed to homer Tuesday in San Francisco’s 7-4 loss Tuesday in the series opener, but he came about as close as he has all season. His drive to deep center field off Juan Cruz hit just below the 25-foot high yellow line atop the wall and bounced back onto the field.
Bonds settled for a double in two at-bats with a run scored and two walks. His 13-game homerless drought at the start of a season is his longest since 1998.
That could end soon, though. After this series, the Giants will head to hitter-friendly Coors Field in Denver to face the Rockies.
While Bonds did not come closer to a milestone on Tuesday, Arizona’s Luis Gonzalez reached one. He became the 21st player in major league history with 300 homers and 500 doubles when he had an RBI double in the sixth inning.
The only other active player in the group is Bonds with 567 doubles and 708 homers.
“I’ve looked at the list a couple of times, and I’ve just marveled at some of the guys that are on that list,” Gonzalez said, alluding to players like Hank Aaron. “Just to have your name associated with that—you know, I was a small kid out of Tampa when I started playing minor league baseball.
I always say I don’t have all the best skills, but I’m going to go out there and give you everything I’ve got.”
Arizona (6-8) will look to Brandon Webb to help string together consecutive wins for the first time since April 5-6. After getting no-decisions in his first two starts, Webb finally broke through on Friday,
He allowed a run and seven hits through eight innings with three strikeouts and no walks in Arizona’s 5-1 win over Houston. The right-hander is 5-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 12 career starts against San Francisco.
He also has walked Bonds 13 times.
Matt Cain, still in search of his first win, will get the start for San Francisco (8-5). He tied a career high with eight strikeouts over five innings on Thursday against Houston, but was tagged for three runs and five hits in an 8-0 loss in the second game of a doubleheader.
(Houston’s Roy Oswalt) controlled the count better than I did,” Cain said. “He got ahead of hitters early.”
Cain’s first career win came Sept. 4 in Arizona. He allowed a run and three hits over in seven innings of the Giants’ 3-2 win.
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