Giants 16, Phillies 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—J.T. Snow has seen too many of his long drives at his home park bounce off the wall, or even worse, fall softly into outfielders’ gloves for outs.
That’s not a problem in Philadelphia’s new ballpark.
Snow had his first three-homer game, scored a career-best five runs and had four RBIs, and Barry Bonds hit career homer No. 689 to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 16-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
“It might be a better place to hit than Coors Field,” Snow said. “We deserve it. We play in the toughest park to hit.”
Snow hit a two-run shot off Brett Myers in the first inning, a solo shot in the fifth and another solo homer in the seventh—both off Amaury Telemaco— giving him nine this season. Snow also walked twice.
“I wasn’t going for the fences in any at-bat,” Snow said. “I was just trying to hit it hard and drive the ball like I do every at-bat.”
San Francisco’s six homers were the most since getting seven on July 2, 2002, at Colorado. The Giants also had a season-high 18 hits.
The Phillies hit six homers Wednesday in their first-year home, which has quickly become one of the easiest parks to homer in.
“Our park and San Diego are probably the two toughest parks to hit in,” Snow said. “If San Diego is a 10 on the hard scale, this is a one or a two.”
Snow had a chance at four homers, but struck out swinging against Roberto Hernandez in the ninth. Snow said he wasn’t going to walk and went up hacking. Manager Felipe Alou confessed he had no idea the lefty was close to a milestone.
“I thought it was two. He hit three?” Alou said.
Regardless, Alou said he planned to give Snow off Saturday against lefty Eric Milton.
Bonds went 2-for-2, scored three runs, had two RBIs and was walked three times, twice intentionally. The two intentional walks gave him a major league-high 86, and helped the Giants break their two-year-old major league-record with 104 intentional walks.
Bonds also moved into 14th place on the career RBIs list with 1,814, passing Frank Robinson. In the seventh, Bonds homered off the base of a brick wall in center field 413 feet away.
Brad Hennessey (1-1) earned his first big league victory in his second career start, overcoming consecutive errors in the second that led to four unearned runs.
That put the Giants in a 5-2 hole before they erupted against Myers (7-9) and reliever Brian Powell.
Myers fell apart in a 36-pitch third inning. With two on and one out, Myers intentionally walked Bonds and got Michael Tucker to hit into a fielder’s choice, making it 5-3. Pierzynski then followed with a three-run shot.
“It’s a lot better than the Vet, I know that,” Pierzynski said of Philadelphia’s former home.
Myers, a 14-game winner a year ago, allowed six runs and walked five in three innings—the sixth start this year he failed to pitch at least five innings.
Maybe he should have stuck around because Powell was worse.
After Powell intentionally walked Bonds in the fourth, Tucker hit a hard one-hopper off first baseman Jim Thome’s chest for an RBI single. Thome needed a visit from the trainer, but remained in the game.
Pierzynski sliced an RBI double down the left-field line and Grissom gave the Giants a 12-5 lead with his 16th homer, a three-run shot to left.
“We didn’t throw the ball very well,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “Myers thought he got squeezed a little and wasn’t comfortable with the mound.”
Hennessey allowed five runs—one earned—walked two and struck out three in five innings. His only trouble came in the second, when errors by shortstop Cody Ransom, second baseman Ray Durham and a late throw by third baseman Pedro Feliz loaded the bases.
“He never lost his composure,” Alou said.
Bonds did give Phillies fans something to cheer about after he ripped an RBI single in the fifth.
Snow has homered twice in a game 11 times, most recently on May 8, 2001, against Montreal. … Phillies third baseman David Bell, out nearly a week with back spasms, said his condition dramatically improved. Bell said he probably won’t play until Tuesday. … LHP Randy Wolf, who hit two homers and went 3-for-3 two nights earlier, received a raucous ovation when he pinch hit for Myers in the third. He was retired on a comebacker. … Bonds has homered in 34 parks.