Bonds gets hit, doesn't hit homer

Plunked Bonds doesn't homer

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds didn't hit that Babe Ruth-passing 715th homer again Friday night at AT&T Park as the Giants clobbered the Rockies, 9-0. But he was hit by a pitch for the fifth time this season, and for the fourth time, there was either an ejection or a warning.

Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis hit Bonds on the upper right thigh in the first inning with a slow curveball. Three innings later, Giants right-hander Jason Schmidt went up and in to Colorado left fielder Matt Holliday, who was nailed in the right thumb as he tried to protect himself when the pitch ran toward his head.

"If they're retaliating for a 65 mph curveball, then that's their issue. I wouldn't understand that," said Holliday, who left the game in the fifth inning and had X-rays on his swollen thumb, which were negative. "If that's the case, then I think it's a little ridiculous."

That wasn't the case, said Schmidt, who won for the fourth time in six decisions after throwing seven innings of four-hit, shutout ball.

"It was a curveball, so it wasn't intentional," Schmidt said about the Francis pitch. "Nobody in our dugout thought it was intentional. You throw a curveball down and in to a lefty, you're going to be hit sometimes. On my part, there was no intent. Definitely not. I don't throw at guys. That's not my style."

Both benches were warned, though, as Holliday writhed in pain. But that was the end of those kind of festivities for the night.

Otherwise, Bonds had an RBI single and was walked intentionally for the 21st time this season and 628th of his career to extend his own all-time record. The Giants continued to make teams pay for that strategy and scored five times in the inning after the intentional free pass, giving them 34 runs after Bonds has been automatically put on this season. In his only other plate appearance, the Rockies pitched to Bonds with a runner on second and he grounded out to first.

Since belting No. 714 on May 20 at Oakland, Bonds is 5-for-15 (all of them singles) with five walks (four intentional) and three RBIs, giving him just 18 for the season in 108 at-bats.

Bonds has hit just two homers in the club's last 21 games. He remains tied with Ruth at 714 and is 41 away from Hank Aaron, the all-time leader at 755.

Giants manager Felipe Alou lifted Bonds in the sixth inning for a pinch-runner and says he expects him to start Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

Bonds has hit one of his six homers this season against Colorado -- his first of the year on April 22 at Denver's Coors Field, coming in the opening inning against right-hander Aaron Cook in the Giants' 17th game of the season, the 13th for Bonds, a record drought for him to open the season.

But Bonds has never homered against Colorado's projected pair of weekend starters: right-handers Josh Fogg on Saturday or Byung-Hyun Kim on Sunday. In fact, Bonds is hitless in nine at-bats against the sidearming Kim.

to the babe and beyond

Still, there's no telling when and where Bonds will hit milestone No. 715. If he doesn't do it this weekend, the Giants hit the road again next week for three games each at Florida and New York, beginning Monday night against the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium.

It's now been 20 plate appearances since Bonds smacked No. 714 to lead off the second inning at McAfee Coliseum and 61 plate appearances since he hit No. 713 nearly into the third deck of Citizens Bank Park at Philadelphia on May 7.

Bonds hasn't hit a homer in San Francisco since he took San Diego's Scott Linebrink nearly to the base of the center-field scoreboard in the eighth inning on May 2 for No. 712. The Giants have played 11 home games since then and Bonds has come up empty.

Still, even as a .250 hitter, opposing teams continue to treat him with the respect he has built over the course of his 21-year Hall of Fame career. Bonds has walked 45 times, second highest in the National League. And almost every time he's hit with a pitch, there is some sort of commotion.

On April 16 at Dodger Stadium, Jeff Kent was hit by Brad Hennessey and when Tim Hamulack responded by hitting Bonds, the Dodgers left-hander was ejected from the game. On May 2 at San Francisco, San Diego right-hander Jake Peavy hit Bonds, and an inning later, when Jamey Wright smacked Brian Giles, a warning was issued. Wright then fell apart and gave up seven runs in the inning.

On May 16 at Houston, Russ Spring threw four times at Bonds before hitting him. Springer was ejected and later suspended for four games. The Giants didn't retaliate for Springer's transgression that night.

Friday night's action may have seemed calm in comparison.

"I threw two really good curveballs to [Steve] Finley the at-bat before," Francis said. "[With Bonds up,] I just got hesitant with it. I lost it."

As far as Schmidt hitting Holliday in retaliation, Francis said: "I don't think anybody mentioned it in the dugout."

"I missed the whole thing," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "I wasn't aware of it the whole time. I wasn't even aware there was a warning."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.