Giants’ Bonds Slugs Home Run No. 742
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
Trevor Hoffman hadn’t blown consecutive save chances since April 26 and 29, 1997.