San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds just missed his 751st career homer on Saturday, but one day later, he should get another chance.
Bonds is expected to play Sunday when the Giants wrap up a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park.
Bonds hit an RBI double to deep right field in the Giants’ 4-1 win over Arizona (46-36) on Saturday, one day after hitting No. 750. He is five homers shy of Hank Aaron’s all-time record and tied his godfather, Willie Mays for most doubles in San Francisco history with 376.
The 42-year-old left fielder sometimes sits out afternoon games that follow night contests, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he plans to insert the slugger into the lineup for the series finale.
“He’s swinging the bat well,” Bochy said.
Bonds, who is hitting .302 with 16 homers, will also find out Sunday whether or not he has earned his 12th trip to the All-Star game with the Giants and 14th overall. The game will be held in San Francisco on July 10.
“Look at what he’s doing at 42,” Bochy told the Giants’ official team Web site earlier in the week. “With his career and the game being here, obviously he’s a guy who should be here.”
The Giants (34-45) snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday and won for just the fourth time in 15 games. The victory marked only the second game in 11 meetings with Arizona this year that wasn’t decided by one run.
Orlando Hudson singled home Arizona’s lone run in the first inning. The Diamondbacks, who lost for the fourth time in six games, are 1 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West.
The Diamondbacks will send promising young starter Micah Owings (5-2, 3.79 ERA) to the mound in the finale. Owings took his first loss since April 11 on Monday, allowing four runs—one earned—in six innings of a 8-1 loss to Brad Penny and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The defeat ended a four-decision winning streak that spanned nine starts.
The rookie right-hander also made an appearance out of the bullpen on Thursday against the Dodgers, throwing one scoreless inning without receiving a decision in Arizona’s 9-5 loss. He is making his first-ever outing against the Giants and has never faced Bonds.
The Giants will counter with rookie Tim Lincecum (2-2, 5.19), who earned the start by throwing seven shutout innings in San Francisco’s 4-3, 11-inning win over San Diego on Monday. Because of the way the Giants’ off-days fell—and the fact Lincecum had allowed 22 runs in 18 2-3 innings in his previous four starts — the Giants had considered skipping this start, but he was impressive enough to get the ball.
“It’s hard to pitch better than that—seven shutout innings,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He had good stuff tonight.”
The Giants won for the first time in his last six starts, but the right-hander remained winless over that span. Since going 2-0 with a 3.08 ERA in his first four starts, he is 0-2 with a 6.89 ERA over his last six.
Lincecum has never faced the Diamondbacks.