A.J. Pierzynski and Dustan Mohr each hit a three-run homer and
Neifi Perez also connected for the Giants, who were impressive in
the opener of this four-game series after losing three of four at
Arizona following their season-high 10-game winning streak.
"It was a little discouraging in Arizona," said Schmidt, who
improved to 10-2 lifetime against the Rockies. "We scored a lot of
runs and the bats got going. This might be the start of something
Bonds hit his 15th homer of the year, a two-run shot, on an 0-1
pitch from Jeff Fassero (0-5) in the fifth inning for a 4-2 lead.
Pierzynski homered three batters later.
But Fassero wasn't even supposed to give Bonds anything to hit.
After pitching to Bonds last weekend in San Francisco, Rockies
manager Clint Hurdle said he wouldn't do so this time unless he had
to. Bonds hit a game-winning homer against Colorado last Friday,
part of a three-homer outburst in four games.
"We had a communication disagreement," Hurdle said.
"(Catcher) Charles Johnson went out and expressed my desires, and
Jeff felt a little differently and wanted to try things.
"Jeff told me he tried to bounce that breaking ball. So, we
went from Plan A to Plan B and tomorrow we will employ Plan C,
which is drastically going to reduce the number of swings he's
going to be available to take."
Said Fassero: "That pitch was six inches off the plate and he
still hit it out. ... I was supposed to pitch away from him. I was
supposed to bounce it in the dirt, get him to swing at it and get
Mohr connected in the sixth and matched his career high with
four hits in a rare start. Manager Felipe Alou said he wanted to
give Mohr some playing time because he's been such a good sport
riding the bench.
Mohr has been working every day in the batting cage to improve
his swing and believes he's beginning to make progress.
"I'm trying not to press at the plate," he said. "I think if
anything I'm trying not to do too much. It's nice to see that work
start to pay off."
Bonds' homer into the bleachers in right field traveled an
estimated 410 feet. It was his 21st homer at Coors Field. The
six-time NL MVP is third on the career home run list behind Hank
Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
Luis Gonzalez hit his fifth homer of the year leading off the
seventh, ending a five-game homerless stretch for the Rockies. Todd
Helton hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Jeromy Burnitz added a
solo shot two batters later for his 15th of the year. Vinny
Castilla hit his 15th of the season in the ninth.
Schmidt (7-2), a 17-game winner and the NL ERA leader last
season, has been impressive since late April. He has won seven of
his last eight starts, getting a no-decision May 6 at New York in a
2-1, 11-inning loss to the Mets.
Schmidt beat the Rockies 3-1 last Sunday in San Francisco and
cruised Friday after the first inning.
The right-hander allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked
one in six innings. He allowed two runs in the first on an RBI
single by Royce Clayton and Castilla's sacrifice fly.
Fassero allowed five runs on six hits in two innings after
relieving starter Joe Kennedy, who left after three innings with
tightness in his throwing shoulder.
Bonds grounded out in the second, then was intentionally walked
in the third with Marquis Grissom aboard. After his homer, the
Rockies walked Bonds again in the sixth.
Bonds has a .325 average at Coors Field. He has a major
league-leading 74 walks, 39 intentional, in 45 games.
Perez hit a two-run homer in the third off Kennedy to tie it at
2, his second of the season. Pedro Feliz doubled twice, singled and
drove in a run. San Francisco's 13 runs were a season high.
Kennedy isn't expected to miss his next start. The left-hander,
winless in his last six starts, struck out two and walked three.
Last year, Kennedy spent time on the disabled list with left
shoulder inflammation and missed more than a month.
The Rockies got three stolen bases in the first two
innings, a season high. ... Colorado's Choo Freeman made his major
league debut when he came in as a defensive replacement in CF in
the seventh. ... Todd Linden, called up late Thursday, replaced
Bonds in LF in the seventh. ... Pierzynski had four RBI.