Giants 16, Rockies 4
DENVER (AP)—Barry Bonds is seeing so few hittable pitches these days that he’s taken to going after the ones inches off the plate—and he still does damage.
Bonds’ solo shot over the left-field wall in the sixth gave him career homer No. 674 and his 16th this season. The six-time NL MVP is third on the career list behind Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle told his pitchers to practically walk Bonds no matter what—Hurdle’s “Plan C”—after Jeff Fassero went against the skipper’s instructions Friday night and gave up a homer to the 39-year-old slugger.
“It’s hard to think he’s going to get a hit every time up,” Hurdle said. “When we got behind in the game, I didn’t see a need to put him on with four pitches. We were trying to find a way to get him out. The ball he hit was six inches off the plate. I told our pitches yesterday you can’t get him out over the plate. It’s tough to get him out off the plate right now.”
Bonds hit his 22nd homer at Coors Field and had a third-inning single to raise his average in this ballpark to .333 (69-for-207). He flied out in the eighth.
Bonds shooed reporters away from his locker after the game.
“I’m tired,” he said. “My legs are killing me.”
He was walked intentionally in the first and on five pitches in the fifth. He has a major league-leading 79 walks, 42 of them intentional.
Hermanson (2-2) retired nine of his first 11 batters before allowing Todd Helton’s ninth homer leading off the fourth. Hermanson hadn’t won since beating Milwaukee 5-3 on April 13. He broke a string of four straight no-decisions that followed two losses.
The right-hander won at Coors Field for the first time in five career appearances, including three starts. He retired nine straight during the middle innings, struck out six and walked one over seven innings.
Hermanson had just one hit in 12 at-bats coming in.
“That’s what I like about the National League—it makes you feel more involved,” he said. “I don’t feel like I have a pitcher’s attitude. I have a player’s attitude.”
Rockies pitcher Steve Reed was ejected in the eighth for arguing a hit batsman call.
A.J. Pierzynski leaned his right elbow into a pitch with the bases loaded, giving the Giants a 10-2 lead. Reed argued that Pierzynski didn’t try to get out of the way.
Hurdle rushed out to argue and had to shove hard to restrain Reed, who said plate umpire Bruce Dreckman swore at him repeatedly and then immediately tossed the pitcher.
“I’m not going to let someone talk to me that way,” Reed said.
Dreckman and crew chief Larry Poncino refused comment.
Reed remained on the field, and teammates ran in to help Hurdle keep the reliever from Dreckman. Reed threw his glove toward the umpire as he made his way into the dugout.
“I didn’t know the ball hit me,” Pierzynski said. “I don’t see the ball off that guy at all. He threw it in and I was diving a little bit. I guess it looked bad. I can’t do anything about it now. I felt bad for Reed that he got thrown out of the game. I didn’t do anything intentionally.”
San Francisco has won five of six against the Rockies this season. But the Giants had lost four of their last five on this season-long 14-game trip, including 11-2 on Saturday night.
Ransom singled in his first at-bat since being called up from Triple-A Fresno on Friday. Ransom, on the opening-day roster before going to Fresno on April 23, batted .309 (42-for-136) with 10 homers and 21 RBIs in 36 games at Triple-A. While with the Giants in April, he got just one hit in 12 at-bats.
He also had a two-run double in the Giants’ six-run eighth.
Aaron Cook (1-1) fell behind in the count often and struggled with the command of his sinkerball. The right-hander intentionally walked Pierzynski with one out in the fifth to load the bases for Minor. Minor walked on four pitches to score a run, then Ransom also walked to bring Bonds home and make it 5-2.
That chased Cook, who was relieved by Scott Dohmann. He gave up Hermanson’s RBI single and a sacrifice fly to Tucker before Neifi Perez struck out to end it with the Giants having batted through the order.
Cook, who had given up only two total runs in his previous two outings,allowed eight runs, eight hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings.
Hermanson beat the Rockies for the first time since April 26, 2000. He had been 0-3 with a 9.78 ERA over his last five outings against Colorado. Hermanson is 3-4 lifetime vs. the Rockies. … Dohmann became the 399th pitcher to give up a homer to Bonds. … The Giants’ 16 runs were their most since an18-5 win over Colorado on July 2, 2002.