Padres 11, Giants 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Barry Bonds missed out on adding another record to his remarkable resume.
The six-time MVP failed to tie the major league mark for consecutive games with a home run Wednesday night when his streak ended at seven in the San Diego Padres’ 11-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Bonds never even took a swing. Jake Peavy (1-1) struck him out looking with a 2-2 pitch on the inside corner in the second inning, and Bonds also walked on four pitches twice. He wound up one game short of the record shared by Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993).
Peavy practically apologized for walking Bonds twice.
“I was trying to throw the ball. I wanted to get him out,” Peavy said. “I just couldn’t do it. The second at-bat I was careful. The third at-bat I wanted to let him hit the ball. I hated how things worked out.”
Bonds was replaced in left field by Dustan Mohr in the eighth after the slugger told manager Felipe Alou he’d had enough.
“I asked him after the second walk and he was kind of disappointed,” Alou said. “I told him a lot of people were expecting another at-bat … and he went back out and played defense. But then the score got to be worse and he decided it wasn’t worth it. I wanted to take him out earlier though.”
Bonds was not available for comment after the game. He probably won’t play in the series finale Thursday—he often gets a rest during day games after night games. Alou said a decision would be made in the morning.
Brian Giles homered for the second straight game and drove in four runs. Mark Loretta hit a three-run homer and Terrence Long had three hits with a triple for the Padres, who had a season-high 17 hits one night after getting 15.
“We broke loose there,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “They all swung the bats well. I said we were a better-hitting ballclub that what we’d been doing. We’re not going to get this many hits and we’re not going to score this many runs, but every team gets hot.”
That’s certainly what Bonds has been.
His next homer, No. 668, will be the 1,000th for the Bonds family. His late father, Bobby, hit 332 home runs and stole 461 bases in a 14-year career with the Giants, New York Yankees, California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Texas, Cleveland, St. Louis and the Cubs.
The next-highest father-son total is 636 by Ken Griffey Sr. (152) and Ken Griffey Jr. (484).
Bonds, who turns 40 in July, homered in the previous seven games in which he had an at-bat. He was walked intentionally as a pinch-hitter last Wednesday, which didn’t stop the streak under baseball’s rules.
He hit eight homers during the seven-game stretch, an NL record for the most in seven games. Mattingly holds the major league record with nine in seven games during his streak.
In the last two games, Bonds saw 29 pitches and only five strikes. He swung once—connecting for his ninth homer of the season, a two-run shot off Brian Lawrence on Tuesday. Only 36 percent of the pitches Bonds saw last season were strikes, the lowest frequency in the majors. He walked 148 times in 130 games.
“I don’t know how we stopped Barry,” Loretta said. “He didn’t get a lot of pitches to hit. It was a pretty amazing streak. Jake did a great job.”
Bonds homered in six straight games twice during the 2001 season, when he set the single-season record of 73 homers. He did it from April 12-18 and again from May 17-22.
Jason Schmidt (0-2) struggled in his second start of the season after he began the year on the disabled list with shoulder soreness. He lost at Los Angeles last Friday, allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings of a 3-2 defeat against the Dodgers—and was worse Wednesday.
Schmidt, who had an NL-leading 2.34 ERA last season, threw two wild pitches and walked a batter in the first inning, then threw another wild pitch in the third that led to a run.
He allowed six earned runs and seven hits in four innings.
“I didn’t feel like myself,” Schmidt said. “I had trouble keeping the ball down in the zone. Last week, they were getting themselves out and this time they hit it. I’m not that far off. I’m flat and the whole team is flat right now. We’ve got to turn it around. I felt great warming up. I felt strong. I got in the game and the pitches were not there.”
The Giants, who have lost six of seven, hit into their major league-leading22nd and 23rd double plays.
Giants LHP Noah Lowry, recalled before the game from Triple-A Fresno, allowed nine hits and four runs in three innings, then got sent back down when the team activated LHP Scott Eyre from the disabled list. … Schmidt lost for only the fourth time in 16 career starts against San Diego. … Giles raisedhis average to .158. … The Padres have 40 hits in the series.