Facing Padres reliever Scott Linebrink with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Bonds launched his 712th home run, a 440 foot blast over the center field fence moving him within two home runs of Ruth. Linebrink became the 419th pitcher that Bonds has taken deep in his illustrious career.
"The fast ones I'm able to see. The slower ones I'm missing," Bonds said, smiling. "He challenged me one time too many," Bonds told the AP.
"You face him enough times, he's going to get everybody," Linebrink said. "He's one of the greatest hitters in the game. You always have a little more adrenaline when it's Bonds. He's so deadly. He's got such a quick bat. The only chance you've got is to pitch him away," Linebrink said.
Bonds' home run provided a silver lining on what otherwise, was a frustrating day for the Giants.
The Padres wasted little time jumping on starter, Matt Morris. After Padres leadoff man, Dave Roberts reached on second baseman Kevin Frandsen's throwing error to begin the game, center-fielder Mike Cameron sent Morris' next pitch sailing into the left field bleachers for his first home run of the year, giving San Diego a 2-0 lead.
San Diego added two more runs in the second inning as Roberts smoked a ball into Triple's Alley, driving in second baseman Josh Barfield. After Cameron walked, Brian Giles lined a double to right field, scoring Roberts as the Padres took a 4-0 lead. Morris (2-2), who hasn't won since beating the Astros on April 13th, settled down after that, allowing only one run over his final five innings of work. Jeremey Accardo relieved Morris in the seventh and pitched a scoreless inning.
"It's frustrating not to go out there and put up zeros and let your team get a chance to get ahead," Morris said of his early inning struggles. "You want to go out there and keep the other team down and get your team in the dugout with some quick outs…. Giving up that many runs is going against my plans."
The Giants got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Steve Finley roped a ball into deep left-center for a triple, and then scored on a balk by Padres pitcher, Woody Williams, to pull the Giants within three at 4-1. For Finley, it was his fifth triple on the season.
The Giants bats would remain silent until the fifth when Pedro Feliz hit his third homer of the year off the left-field foul poll making the score 5-2.
Williams, (2-1) who won for the first time in three starts, kept the Giants offense in check for most of the day allowing only two runs on five hits in his 5 2/3 innings pitched.
San Francisco's offense has been ice-cold during the current losing streak scoring only 9 runs, while their opponents have plated 23.
"By no means are we playing bad baseball," said Finley. "The pitching has been good, and the offense will turn it around."
Game Notes: Right-Fielder Moises Alou missed his second straight game. Manager Felipe Alou is hopeful that his son will be able to return to the lineup Wednesday night in Milwaukee... Morris struck out Padres third baseman Mark Bellhorn in the seventh inning for his 1,000 career strikeout... Lance Niekro returned to the lineup after missing two games with a cold... After finishing the homestand with a 4-4 record, the Giants will embark on a five game road trip with two in Milwaukee and three in Philadelphia.
SFDugout's Player of the Game: Barry Bonds, who hit his 712th career homer, one of the few bright spots on the day for the Giants. Pedro Feliz is showing signs of heating up. Today he had two hits on the day including his third home run of the season.
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