Bud Selig joined the crowd that came out to watch Barry Bonds. All the commissioner saw was a long fly and an 0-for-4.
Bonds went hitless and stayed put at 753 home runs in the San Francisco Giants' 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, moving no closer to the record 755 held by Selig's good friend, Hank Aaron.
Bonds started the series opener in the city where Hammerin' Hank began and ended his career &
and on the 31st anniversary of Aaron's final home run, no less. He hit No. 755 on July 20, 1976, at now-demolished County Stadium. Bonds went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a walk, but his Giants ended an eight-game losing streak in Milwaukee dating to May 4, 2006. The San Francisco star was booed lustily by the sellout crowd each time he stepped into the batter's box, but the camera flashes lit up the ballpark on a cool night in Brew City.
The closest he came to a homer was a deep drive to center that was caught in the seventh.
Guillermo Rodriguez hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh for San Francisco, which rallied with three straight walks against Carlos Villanueva (6-2) to win for only the second time in nine games. Rodriguez also had an RBI single in the fourth, and his six major league hits have come with runners in scoring position.
Noah Lowry (10-7) allowed five hits and four runs in six innings, winning for the fourth time in five starts. Randy Messenger pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Steve Kline and Brad Hennessey finished up. While Selig had an easy time getting to the stadium in his home city, he remained noncommittal about whether he will attend the games elsewhere &
like back in San Francisco next week &
when Bonds moves closer to Aaron's mark. Selig said he did not speak to Bonds.
"But as far as I'm concerned, you have to use what I call common sense," Selig said. "I thought he's playing here, a game important in the pennant race and I'm here. I'm glad to be here. And I'll be back tomorrow and Sunday."
Bonds, who turns 43 on Tuesday, connected twice Thursday against the Chicago Cubs in a 9-8 loss at Wrigley Field. A night later, he grounded out to second on the second pitch he saw in the first inning, walked on eight pitches in the third for his 96th free pass, popped out to second in the fifth and flied out to deep center.
He was called out on strikes in the eighth, and the fans at Miller Park cheered in delight.
Jeff Suppan's winless stretch reached five starts for the NL Central-leading Brewers, whose defeat allowed the Cubs to move within 21/2 games in the division race. Chicago beat Arizona 6-2 at home, cutting Milwaukee's lead to its slimmest margin since April 28.
who had a large beach ball bounce his way into left field in the seventh &
is likely to take Saturday afternoon's contest off following the night game Friday. That's manager Bruce Bochy's plan anyway, always subject to the approval of No. 25 himself.
After Bonds popped out in the fifth, he returned to the dugout to discuss things with hitting coach Joe Lefebvre. Bonds credited Lefebvre for his film work and helping the slugger get things "corrected" this week. On Thursday, Bonds ended an 0-for-21 slump, his worst in six years since he set the single-season home run record in 2001 with 73.
The last-place Giants are in a tough spot: excited about Bonds' quest but also ready for it to end considering their recent struggles and all the added attention.
"I want to see it &
soon," Giants third baseman Pedro Feliz said, "in a winning streak."
Omar Vizquel played his 2,511th career game at shortstop, tying Ozzie Smith for second all-time behind Venezuelan countryman Luis Aparicio (2,583). ... San Francisco's Dave Roberts doubled among his three hits and stole his 18th base. ... LHP Manny Parra made his major league debut for Milwaukee in the eighth. ... Corey Hart snapped an 0-for-11 streak with a leadoff triple in the first for the Brewers, then Rickie Weeks ended a funk of the same length with a single to start the fifth.
Bonds stays put in victory