SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants couldn't have had a more busy day.
The Giants won their season-high fourth straight game and pulled
within a half-game of the first-place Padres in the NL West, then they traded for Shea Hillenbrand to play first base and supply some offense.
A big part of their offensive threat, Barry Bonds, also made news Friday night -- this time on the field.
Padres starter Jake Peavy (4-10), plunked Bonds in the first
inning and he grimaced and stood in pain in the batter's box for a
short time before slowly walking to first and staying in the game.
But he had trouble running to first following a leadoff single in
the third. Todd Linden entered as a pinch runner for Bonds, then
took over in left field.
Bonds had surgery on his left knee in October 2004, then
underwent three operations on his right knee last year that limited
him to 14 games in 2005.
He hit his 722nd career home run in Thursday night's win over
the Padres, his 14th of the season that moved him within 33 of
tying Hank Aaron's all-time record of 755.
Bonds turns 42 on Monday and said before Friday's game that his
right knee is feeling better than it has for a long time.
"I feel great," he said. "My knee feels 100 percent. I'm not
lifting heavy like I used to. My body is just sore because I'm
Bonds now has a left knee
contusion in the quadriceps area and was listed as day-to-day.
San Francisco sent reliever Jeremy Accardo to Toronto for
Hillenbrand and reliever Vinnie Chulk, getting in Hillenbrand the
every day first baseman and offensive threat they had been seeking
before the trade deadline. Both players were expected to be in
uniform for the Giants on Saturday night against the San Diego
"This team is really focused. It is built around veterans for a
reason. To get something done sooner, than to have to wait in what
I perceive to be a very slow market, hopefully bodes well," Giants
general manager Brian Sabean said. "I think the team will
appreciate that we're putting this foot forward."
Hillenbrand was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on
Wednesday after he wrote on the clubhouse bulletin board that the
"ship was sinking" and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged
him to a fight.
Hillenbrand, who has a $5.8 million contract for this season, is
batting .301 with 12 homers, 15 doubles and 39 RBI. He will be the
regular first baseman after injury-plagued Lance Niekro struggled
as the starter and was sent down to the minors.
Mark Sweeney hit a two-run single, Omar Vizquel had an RBI
triple and doubled in a run and Pedro Feliz added an RBI groundout.
After San Diego won five of the first six meetings in the season
series, the Giants have taken the last four.
Cain (7-6) came within one out of getting his second career
shutout, but gave up a two-run homer to Khalil Greene in the ninth.
The right-hander gave up seven hits and two runs, while striking
out five and walking one. He also had his first career multihit
game with a double and single.
Cain ended a four-start winless stretch that featured a loss
followed by three straight no-decisions since he won five straight.
He won for the first time since beating the Los Angeles Angels on
Peavy, who has two of his wins against the Giants this year, was
done after four innings -- his second-shortest outing of the year
behind the 3 2/3 innings he pitched June 6 at Milwaukee. The
right-hander allowed nine hits and seven runs, struck out three and
"I'm going to make some good starts for us before it's all said
and done," Peavy said. "I've got to. I'm running out of time."
Ray Durham hit a two-run triple to extend his hitting streak to
seven games and is batting .400 (10-for-25) with four home runs and
10 RBI in seven games during this homestand.
San Diego's Mike Piazza recorded his 2,000th career hit when he
doubled leading off the second.
Linden stole his first base after replacing Bonds at first.
... Padres OF Brian Giles got a day off to rest his tight right
hamstring. ... San Diego C Josh Bard and bench coach Tony Muser
served one-game suspensions. Muser was ejected from Sunday's game
against Atlanta for arguing balls and strikes, while Bard was
ejected in a June 25 game against Seattle. ... Padres third base
coach Glenn Hoffman missed the game with food poisoning.