Hoffman -- fifth on the career saves list -- struck out Bonds and
Jeff Kent with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to preserve the
San Diego Padres' 4-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on
"The last two times I faced Bonds I intentionally walked him
and he hit a home run on a fastball in,'' Hoffman said. "With the
bases loaded, you just try to get ahead. There's no room to put him
with him being the winning run. That's not a situation I wanted to
Ryan Klesko homered and drove in three runs as San Diego won its
first game at Pacific Bell Park in seven tries this season. Jake
Peavy got the win with help from four relievers.
"Hoffy clutched up when he needed against two of the better
hitters in the game,'' San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "Those
are the last two guys you want to see up with the bases loaded, but
with the game on the line, Hoffy has an unbelievable ability to
keep his focus.''
The Giants wasted a chance to take a two-game lead over Los
Angeles in the NL wild-card race. The Dodgers lost at Colorado
earlier in the day.
San Francisco manager Dusty Baker, pitching coach Dave Righetti
and catcher Benito Santiago were all ejected in the ninth inning.
Righetti was tossed when he threw an empty bucket from the dugout
onto the field.
"It was a frustrating game,'' Baker said. "We had baserunners
every inning and didn't score. It seemed like we had guys on first
and second every inning and we couldn't get that hit.''
Kurt Ainsworth, in his first major league start since April 17,
allowed three runs on three hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out
four and walked two.
Ainsworth (1-2) started the year in the Giants rotation as part
of the first rookie tandem (along with Ryan Jensen) to begin the
season in the San Francisco rotation in 27 years. He was optioned
to Triple-A Fresno when Jason Schmidt was activated from the
disabled list April 24.
Peavy (6-7), who entered 1-6 with a 6.97 ERA on the road,
allowed one run on six hits in five innings. Clayton Condrey and
Brandon Villafuerte combined for three scoreless innings of relief
before Hoffman came on to start the ninth.
"That was awesome,'' Peavy said. "No one in this dugout wanted
anybody else but Hoffman in that situation. When you see him walk
out there you expect to win. I don't think there are two tougher
outs right now in the National League. I'm glad he's on my side.''
Gene Kingsale added an RBI single for the Padres in ninth.
Klesko has hit safely in 21 of his past 23 games, with 12
doubles, seven homers and 22 RBI during that stretch.
"These are our playoffs,'' he said. "It should be fun for the
next two weeks.''
Bonds was walked intentionally for the 59th time this season,
extending his major league record. He also walked in the sixth and
is one walk from tying his own single-season record set last year
The Padres took a 1-0 lead when Mark Kotsay and Klesko hit
back-to-back doubles in the first inning.
After Ainsworth walked Sean Burroughs with two outs, he retired
his next 14 hitters.
"I felt sharp today,'' Ainsworth said. "I just made a big
mistake in my last inning.''
Ainsworth also had a hand in tying the game for the Giants. His
one-out double in the fifth -- a sharp grounder just inside the
third-base line -- was the first hit of his major league career.
After advancing to third on Lofton's bunt single, Ainsworth
scored when Peavy's 2-0 pitch to Bonds hit the front of the plate
and bounced into the stands for a wild pitch.
Klesko's 29th homer of the season, a two-run shot into the
right-field pavilion, broke a 1-all tie in the sixth. He needs one
homer to become the third Padres player with consecutive 30-homer
seasons. Fred McGriff and Phil Nevin are the others.
Bonds had his streak of 96 consecutive plate appearances
without striking out snapped by Peavy in the fourth. Bonds had last
struck out Aug. 22 against the New York Mets. ... Plate umpire Mark
Hirschbeck was hit by a pitch in his left leg and required minor
attention from Giants trainer Stan Conte in the top of the fifth.
... Ainsworth was hit in his right lower leg by a line drive by Wil
Nieves, also in the fifth, but remained in the game. ... The Padres
have scored the first run in the last seven games against the
Giants. ... Condrey hasn't allowed a run in 14 1-3 innings of his
rookie season. ... Bonds fanned twice in a game for the third time