<
>

Bonds strains hamstring in Giants' marathon win

7/20/2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Reserve Tom Goodwin always expects the unexpected. Except when the unexpected turns out to be Barry Bonds going down with an injury.

Goodwin, who entered the game after Bonds got hurt, hit an RBI
single in the 12th inning Friday night to give the San Francisco
Giants a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

``You don't expect to be up in Barry's spot because you don't expect him to go down like that,'' said Goodwin, who was waived by the Dodgers on April 8. ``On the other hand, you still have to be ready for the unforeseeable thing.''

Bonds strained his right hamstring chasing Eric Karros' leadoff triple to left field in the 11th. Bonds limped off the field.

``I would list it as a significant strain of the muscle,'' Giants trainer Stan Conte said. ``It's low in the muscle, which is a good sign, but like most of these things, I'm not going to be able to tell much until tomorrow.''

Goodwin singled with two outs off Guillermo Mota (1-1). J.T.
Snow led off with a single, took second on David Bell's sacrifice
and reached third on Rich Aurilia's groundout.

After an intentional walk to Jeff Kent, Goodwin delivered.

``It was two beautifully pitched ballgames on both sides,'' Goodwin said. ``The relievers came in and did an outstanding job for both teams. We just happened to squeak a run across.''

Robb Nen (4-0) gave up one hit in two innings and struck out
three.

The Giants sent Los Angeles to its fifth straight defeat and
moved a half-game ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West. San
Francisco trails first-place Arizona by a game.

``That was a heck of a ballgame,'' said Dusty Baker, who won his
800th game as Giants manager, becoming only the third manager to do
so in club history. ``These last few games have been like playoff
games.''

Bonds pulled up lame and stayed down on the warning track as
Conte massaged his right leg. Baker rushed out to check on his star
slugger, who eventually got up and limped off the field under his
own power.

``I tried not to think the worst,'' Baker said. ``When he was holding his leg, I was just hoping it wasn't his knee.''

Center fielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo also went for the ball and
relayed the throw to third.

Bonds was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and two walks.

The Dodgers failed to score with the bases loaded in the 11th.
Karros tripled for the first time this season and after Brian
Jordan bounced to third, Nen intentionally walked Marquis Grissom
and Adrian Beltre to load the bases.

But pinch-hitter Chad Kreuter struck out and Alex Cora grounded
out to end the inning.

``It's painful knowing you had the bases loaded with one out and
didn't win the game,'' Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. ``We had a
golden opportunity and they got us out.''

The Dodgers are 1-8 since the All-Star break, and have scored
just 19 runs since then.

``We let this one get away,'' Karros said. ``We're not cashing
in on our opportunities. This is a game we have to bounce back from
or it could cause things to spiral downward.''

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on Grissom's RBI
single that scored Jordan, who led off with a double.

The Giants tied the game 2-2 in the sixth. Kent walked, stole
second, took third on a throwing error by catcher Paul Lo Duca and
scored on Reggie Sanders' single to left.

The Dodgers tied the game 1-1 on Mark Grudzielanek's RBI single
that went over the glove of Kirk Rueter and into center field in
the second, scoring Jordan, who reached on a fielder's choice.

Benito Santiago's 11th home run gave the Giants a 1-0 lead in
the second inning.

Dodgers left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii gave up two runs on three
hits in six innings, struck out four and walked six. Facing the
Giants for the first time, he struck out Bonds twice with runners
in scoring position.

Rueter gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings, struck out
three and walked two.

Game notes
Karros' triple was his first since May 26, 1998, at
Houston. ... Santiago's homers are the most since 1997 when he hit
13 for Toronto. His career high is 30 with Philadelphia in 1996.
... The Giants are a National League-best 101-59 after the All-Star
break since 2000. ... Bonds has a major-league high 117 walks. ...
The Dodgers had their eighth sellout of the season, with 53,033 in
attendance. The weekend games against the Giants also are sold out.