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Slumping Bonds still trying to tie Mays

Postby WebHamster » Sun Apr 11, 2004 2:00 pm

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Barry Bonds continues his quest for home run history as the Giants try to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the San Diego Padres today at PETCO Park.

San Francisco lost 4-3 in 10 innings Thursday night and fell 6-4 last night. Bonds is just 1-for-7 so far in the series and the six-time NL MVP remains stuck on 659 career homers, His next homer will tie his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place on the career list.

Since homering in the season opener in Houston on Monday, Bonds has gone just 2-for-13. Despite having 75 career homers against the Padres, the most for Bonds against any major league opponent, all he has mustered so far in this series is a single in the fifth inning of last night's contest.

The Giants have also struggled, losing three straight. Today the Giants will try to avert being swept by the Padres for the first time since June 12-14, 1998 in San Diego.

Brett Tomko gets the start on the mound for the Giants. The righthander had a no-decision in his Giants debut on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park, as he allowed seven hits and three runs in four-plus innings. Tomko owns a 3-4 lifetime mark with a 3.21 ERA over nine outings (6 starts) against the Padres, a team he pitched for in 2002. His offseason home is in San Diego.

Jake Peavy will toe the rubber for the Padres. The 22-year-old righthander didn't get a decision in his first start of 2004, as he allowed two earned runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings Tuesday at Los Angeles. Peavy is 3-2 with a 6.26 ERA in five lifetime start versus San Francisco.

Last night, Jay Payton drove in the eventual game-winning run on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning to lead the Padres to victory. Ryan Klesko had two runs batted in for the Padres, who won consecutive games versus the Giants for the first time since the 2000 season. Phil Nevin tied his career-high with four hits and scored three runs in the winning effort.

Padres reliever Scott Linebrink earned the win in relief of starter Brian Lawrence. Linebrink retired all three batters he faced in the seventh, while Lawrence went six innings and allowed four runs on six hits.

Marquis Grissom had a hit and two RBI for the Giants.

San Francisco has dominated this series, winning 16 of the last 23 meetings.
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