Gi­ants’ Bonds Slugs Home Run No. 742

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports -

Barry Bonds hit his 742nd home run last night, mov­ing within 13 of Hank Aaron’s ca­reer record.

With a run­ner at sec­ond and two outs in the first in­ning, the Gi­ants slug­ger hit a 1-1 pitch from Ari­zona’s Edgar Gon­za­lez 428 feet into the con­course in right-cen­ter field to make the score 2-0 in the first in­ning. It was Bonds’s eighth home run of the sea­son — in 56 at-bats. K LET­DOWN: About three hours af­ter be­ing hon­ored for be­ing base­ball’s ca­reer saves leader, Trevor Hoff­man dis­ap­pointed a sell­out crowd at Petco Park by giv­ing up four runs in the ninth in­ning as the Dodgers ral­lied to stun the Padres, 6-5, Fri­day night.

No­mar Gar­ci­a­parra’s fourth hit, a tworun dou­ble, tied the game at 4 with one out, and Rus­sell Martin’s two-run dou­ble with two outs handed Hoff­man his sec­ond loss in his past two ap­pear­ances.

It was the first time Hoff­man (1-2) blew save chances in con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ances since April 26 and April 29, 1997. Hoff­man said he can’t dwell on the back-to-back blown saves.

“The frus­trat­ing part is ob­vi­ously the blown save, but you’re in a sit­u­a­tion where you’ve got to keep the game tied and give your team the chance to take the lead in the bot­tom half of that in­ning,” Hoff­man said. “It’s twofold. It’s a blown save, but it’s also a loss.” K EX­PECT­ING: Kelly Cal­abrese, the Padres’ sports ther­a­pist who was be­lit­tled on the air last year by Keith Her­nan­dez, will leave the team be­fore the all-star break be­cause she is preg­nant. The due date for her first child is Aug. 9.

Cal­abrese got some un­flat­ter­ing at­ten­tion a year ago when Her­nan­dez, an an­nouncer for the Mets, spot­ted Cal­abrese in the San Diego dugout, high­fiv­ing Mike Pi­azza af­ter he’d hit a homer.

“Who is the girl in the dugout, with the long hair?” Her­nan­dez said. “What’s go­ing on here? You have got to be kid­ding me. Only player per­son­nel in the dugout.”

— From News Ser­vices

BY MIKE BLAKE — REUTERS

Trevor Hoff­man hadn’t blown con­sec­u­tive save chances since April 26 and 29, 1997.

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