After a day off Saturday, Barry Bonds’ pursuit of two of Babe Ruth’s milestones is expected to start up again.
Bonds didn’t play in Saturday’s 3-2 win and remains tied with Ruth for third on the all-time extra-base hits list with 1,356. Bonds, with 711 career homers, still needs four more to pass Ruth into second-place on that list.
“It’s up to Barry,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “He tells me when he feels good to play. It depends on what he can do.”
The seven-time NL MVP has six hits, including three homers, in his last 15 at-bats. He failed to hit a home run in his first 30 times up in 2006.
“Barry is not only hitting home runs,” Alou said. “He’s also hitting line drives for base hits. All of that makes him more dangerous.”
If he is in the starting lineup for San Francisco (13-10), Bonds will face Arizona’s Brandon Webb (3-0, 2.21 ERA), who is looking for his fourth win in as many starts.
Webb did not get decisions in his first two starts in 2006 but in three starts since, has allowed only five runs with 12 strikeouts and only two walks in 23 2-3 innings. Opponents are batting .267 against him in that span.
Bonds is 1-for-6 with no homers, 13 walks and two strikeouts in his career against Webb.
Webb is 6-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 13 career starts versus San Francisco. He lost his final three starts against the Giants last season.
Rookie Matt Cain (1-2, 5.48) will try to even his record when he gets the start for San Francisco. The highly touted right-hander recorded his best start of the season when he allowed two runs and five hits with no walks over seven innings Monday in a 6-2 win over the New York Mets.
Cain earned his first major league win against Arizona (12-12) on Sept. 4. limiting the Diamondbacks to a run and three hits with a walk and four strikeouts in a 3-2 win at Chase Field.
Moises Alou had a walk-off homer in Saturday’s win. The Giants are 10-3 when Moises Alou and Bonds are in the starting lineup, but 2-7 when one or both are sitting.