San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - While Barry Bonds continues his assault toward the all-time home run record, the San Francisco slugger can tie another major league mark tonight, as the Giants continue a four-game series against the San Diego Padres at SBC Park.
Bonds drilled his 667th career homer in last night 9-5 loss in the second contest of this series. The six-time NL MVP has homered in seven straight contests and tonight can equal the famed record shared by Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1993).
Bonds has climbed within 49 homers of passing Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time list and is now 89 shy of passing Hank Aaron for the record.
With two contests left in San Francisco's 10-game homestand, Bonds has already logged incredible stats. During this span, he's 13-for-18 with eight homers and 16 RBI. He officially went 1-for-1 with three walks and scored twice last night. He leads the major leagues with nine homers this year and is hitting 514 for the season, but Bonds' team has struggled recently, losing five of its last six games.
In an interesting note, Bonds' next homer also will be the 1,000th between him and his father, as Bobby Bonds hit 332 home runs.
Jason Schmidt will make his second start of the season tonight for the Giants. The righthander, who was sidelined with a sore throwing shoulder, took the loss on Friday against the Dodgers, allowing three hits and two runs in seven innings. He is 8-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 15 lifetime games versus the Padres.
Jake Peavy will get the start tonight for San Diego. The 22-year-old righthander is coming off a loss against Arizona on Friday when he threw five innings. In his last outing versus the Giants, Peavy tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just six hits April 11 at PETCO Park, but didn't get a decision. He is 3-2 with a 4.98 ERA in six career games versus the Giants.
Last night, Brian Giles hit a two-run homer to lead San Diego to its third win in four games. Sean Burroughs went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored for the Padres. Brian Lawrence got the win after he allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings while striking out four and walking three.
Bonds hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and Pedro Feliz hit a solo homer and finished with two RBI in the loss. Dustin Hermanson absorbed the defeat after he was touched for six runs and nine hits over just 3 2/3 innings.
San Diego won two of three meetings April 8-11 in the inaugural home series at PETCO Park. However, the Giants have dominated this matchup overall and in the Bay Area since the start of 2001. Since that time, the Giants are 44-18 overall against the Padres, and at home have a 24-7 mark.