08/10/2002 01:25 am ET
Bonds hits No. 600 in loss to Bucs
Historic blast not enough to carry Giants
By Josh Rawitch / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Not even Barry Bonds' 600th career home run could carry the Giants to victory Friday night.
In the sixth inning -- Bonds' third at-bat of the game -- the left fielder hit the third pitch from Pittsburgh right-hander Kip Wells to center field for the historic blast but all it did was pull the Giants to within one run and that's how it ended, 4-3, before 41,897 at Pacific Bell Park.
Ironically, Bonds began his career with the Pirates, who were also facing another former teammate, Jason Schmidt. Pittsburgh jumped out to an early lead against Schmidt (7-6) when Brian Giles walked with two outs in the first inning and Aramis Ramirez slugged a homer to left field, his ninth of the year, to give them a two-run advantage.
That did not last long, though, and it appeared Wells might not either.
The Giants' leadoff hitter, Kenny Lofton, singled to open the bottom of the first inning and shortstop Rich Aurilia hit a two-run homer tie the game. But the Giants managed just three more hits off Wells (11-9) before Bonds' solo homer in the sixth inning. That caused a brief break in the action, as a pair of curtain calls and fireworks delayed the game, but Wells retired Benito Santiago and went on to strike out a career-high eight batters.
Wells also gave up No. 597 last weekend at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, but this time he held San Francisco to six hits over 7 1/3 innings. The right-hander also entered the history books in the fashion he had hoped to -- with a victory.
"I'm sure if I walk him I'll hear it from the fans, but that's the way it is," said Wells earlier in the week. "They pay to see other guys in their lineup score, also, so I have to worry about them, also."
With the game tied, 2-2 in the top of the sixth, Jason Kendall singled to left field and Jack Wilson followed with a perfectly placed hit and run single through the hole at short. After Giles walked for the third time in the game to load the bases, Ramirez singled home a pair of runners to give the Pirates a two-run lead once again.
Bonds homer, a 421-foot shot, pulled San Francisco within one run in the sixth, but former Giant Brian Boehringer and Scott Sauerbeck held them scoreless in the eighth inning. With two outs and Kenny Lofton on second base, Jeff Kent worked a 10-pitch walk off Boehringer and Sauerbeck retired Bonds on a ground out to second baseman Pokey Reese, who was positioned in shallow right field.
Mike Williams pitched allowed the tying run to reach third base in the ninth inning, but retired David Bell for his 34th save, tying Jim Gott for the single-season franchise record.
Josh Rawitch covers the Giants for MLB.com and can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, San Francisco Giants 3|
|HR: Ramirez (9, 1st inning off Schmidt, 1 on, 2 out).|
RBI: Ramirez 4 (43).
2-out RBI: Ramirez 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rios 2.
Team LOB: 5.
|DP: (Wilson, J-Reese-Young).|
|San Francisco Giants|
|a-Struck out for Rodriguez in the 8th.|
|1-Ran for Lofton in the 8th. 2-Ran for Snow in the 9th.|
|2B: Snow (20, Williams, M).|
HR: Aurilia (11, 1st inning off Wells, 1 on, 0 out), Bonds (33, 6th inning off Wells, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: Aurilia 2 (38), Bonds (73).
2-out RBI: Bonds.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sanders, Bonds, Bell.
Team LOB: 5.
|SB: Santiago (2, 2nd base off Wells/Kendall), Lofton (23, 2nd base off Boehringer/Kendall).|
|Wells (W, 11-9)
|Boehringer (H, 18)
|Sauerbeck (H, 19)
|Williams, M (S, 34)
|San Francisco Giants|
|Schmidt (L, 7-6)
Pitches-strikes: Wells 112-69, Boehringer 13-8, Sauerbeck 2-2, Williams, M 15-10, Schmidt 108-70, Rodriguez 19-10, Worrell 15-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Wells 11-3, Boehringer 0-1, Sauerbeck 1-0, Williams, M 0-3, Schmidt 9-5, Rodriguez 0-3, Worrell 1-2.
Batters faced: Wells 28, Boehringer 2, Sauerbeck 1, Williams, M 4, Schmidt 28, Rodriguez 4, Worrell 4.
Umpires: HP: Gary Cederstrom. 1B: Mike Fichter. 2B: Alfonso Marquez. 3B: Tim Welke.
Weather: 78 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, Varies.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner