Barry Bonds’ chances of matching Babe Ruth’s home run mark in Philadelphia may have gotten a lot smaller.
The 39-year old Alou provides protection for the 41-year-old seven-time NL MVP by batting behind him. But Alou, who has a history of leg injuries, was carted off the field after stumbling in the right field corner chasing a foul fly in the third inning of an 8-3 loss in Friday’s series opener.
Giants trainer Stan Conte said after the game Alou, who leads the team with seven homers and 25 RBI, may be out for at least the next 15 days.
“I feel pretty bad because I think Mo has been the engine that has been moving things around when they pitch around Barry,” Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel said. “He has been the guy that has been bringing guys home.”
San Francisco (14-15) will try to avoid its sixth loss in seven games while Philadelphia (15-14) is looking for its seventh win in a row to move two games over .500 for the first time this year.
Playing in front of what is traditionally one of the harshest crowds in sports, Bonds was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an intentional walk. He also grounded into a double play and remains at 712 career homers.
Bonds was removed from the game in the bottom of the eighth inning and left the ballpark before speaking to reporters. Throughout the game, he was jeered by the Philadelphia fans, including chants of “Just retire” and “Just inject me”.
Before the series, Giants manager Felipe Alou said Bonds would play all three games in Philadelphia, which includes a nationally televised game on Sunday night. Bonds on Saturday will face Ryan Madson (2-1, 8.14 ERA), who will try to beat an opponent other than Colorado when he makes his fifth start for Philadelphia
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 5.25 ERA versus the Rockies this season, but is 0-1 with a 10.94 ERA against other opponents.
He did not get a decision Monday in the Phillies’ 8-5 win over Florida after giving up five runs with eight hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings. Madson is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and has recorded his only career save versus the Giants.
Bonds is 0-for-1 with a walk in his career against Madson.
Jamey Wright (2-2, 4.63) will try to avoid his third loss in as many starts when he takes the mound for San Francisco. The right-hander went 5 1-3 innings Monday and allowed a season-high 10 runs—seven earned—in a 10-4 loss to San Diego.
“I was trying to throw in and missed and it got away from me,” said Wright, who gave up seven runs in the top of the fourth inning. “Then the whole inning got away from me, the whole game. It was a little frustrating … That’s 100 percent not doing my job.”
Wright has allowed 14 runs and 20 hits in his last two starts after giving up six runs and 14 hits in his first three outings. He has won his last two starts in Philadelphia, giving up four runs in 19 innings.
Overall, he is 3-5 with a 6.63 ERA in 10 career starts against the Phillies.
Howard, the NL Rookie of the Year in 2005, recorded his second career multihomer game.
“You could say it was special to do it in front of somebody like that,” Howard said, referring to Bonds. “I got to meet him before the game. He just said to stay with it. It was cool for me, he was kind of a hero to me growing up.”