Bonds and the Giants look for better results Wednesday when they continue their three-game home series against the San Diego Padres.
San Francisco (0-1) managed only three hits in six innings off Padres (1-0) starter Jake Peavy on Tuesday, when they fell 7-0 for their first shutout loss to open a season since 1967. It also matched the most lopsided opening-day defeat for the Giants in 75 years.
“They pretty much shut us down,” Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel said. “It was terrible. We should be able to put on a better show than that.”
Bonds, who needs 22 home runs to break Hank Aaron’s all-time mark, didn’t get closer to the record. However, he singled and stole a base in the first inning. He had a total of just three stolen bases over the past two seasons while recovering from right knee surgery, but now appears back at full strength.
“He’s fine to go nine innings,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who lost his first game with his new team after managing the Padres the last 12 years. “His legs feel good. This isn’t spring training anymore.”
Meanwhile, the man who replaced Bochy in San Diego got the game ball after winning his major league managerial debut.
“That’s pretty special,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “It’s one game. We all know it’s just one game of many. But it’s a good win. I’m happy for all the guys in that room who helped me get this.”
Chris Young will take the mound Wednesday trying to keep San Francisco’s bats silent and lead the Padres to their first 2-0 start since 1998, the year of their last World Series appearance.
Young ranked sixth in the NL last season with a 3.46 ERA while compiling an 11-5 record, but the 6-foot-10 right-hander still sees room for improvement.
“It’s always a work in progress,” Young said on the Padres’ official Web site. “I’m still trying to refine my mechanics, and get more efficient and more consistent.”
Young is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in two starts versus the Giants, both last season. Bonds is 0-for-2 with one walk and one strikeout against him.
The Giants, trying to avoid losing their first two games for the first time since 1996, will send 22-year-old right-hander Matt Cain to the hill. Cain went 13-12 with a 4.15 ERA in 32 appearances - 31 starts - in 2006, his first full season in the majors.
He pitched some of his best ball against the Padres, going 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA and a .130 opponent batting average in four starts against them. Those outings included a 4-0 victory at San Francisco on Sept. 8, when he threw seven one-hit innings to outpitch Peavy.