Grissom adds two long balls to power Giants to victory
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
Marquis Grissom pumps his second home run of the game. (Eric Risberg/AP)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Don't worry if Barry Bonds -- already a Giants immortal and future Hall of Famer -- steals some of fellow outfielder Marquis Grissom's thunder, just as he did Tuesday night.
Grissom's two home runs sealed the Giants' 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
But all the talk and postgame chatter revolved around Bonds' mammoth 661st homer that probably startled some Nemo-like fish as it sunk briefly into the dark, cold waters of McCovey Cove 468 feet away from the crack of that historic bat. It was a long-distance shot, a run-out-of-tape measure blow, out of sight but not out of everyone's minds.
Even Grissom loved watching the ball take wing. "I hope he stays healthy and catches Babe Ruth," said the veteran. "I don't see much stopping him except himself."
The 39-year-old Bonds moved into sole possession of third place on baseball's all-time homer list, passing the legendary Willie Mays' 660-homer milestone that has stood since 1973.
Amazingly, the blow was like an instant replay of Monday's historic No. 660, as the ball again was nabbed by the same kayaking fan, Larry Ellison, who this time slid into the cool waters to retrieve the now-famous home run ball.
It also gave San Francisco an important edge in its victory over the Brewers before a sellout crowd of 42,040, helping the Giants to their third straight win heading into Wednesday's 12:35 p.m. PT contest at SBC Park.
Onward and upward goes Bonds as he now eyes Babe Ruth's 714 career number and Hank Aaron's record 755 homers.
And Grissom? He isn't chasing any home run milestone like his buddy Bonds and says he only wants to hit as many as he can and help win games.
But guess what -- the 36-year-old Grissom almost, but not quite, stole the spotlight from the Giants' slugging star by cracking a pair of homers and driving in three runs. Grissom boosted his lifetime total to 206, which ties him for 233rd place on baseball's all-time list with San Francisco manager Felipe Alou, and one behind Kirby Puckett and Richie Zisk.
Marquis Grissom / CF
Weight: 190 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Joked Alou on Grissom's mark, "I hope he hits another one tomorrow."
"I don't worry too much about myself, just the team," said Grissom. "As long as we win, it doesn't matter who does it. One guy one day, the next guy the next day. It's a total team effort. Barry deserves all the glory. I ain't seen nothing like it. I hope he just keeps swinging the bat like he's swinging."
Starting pitcher Dustin Hermanson won his first game of the season with a superb three-hitter over 5 2/3 frames, striking out six and walking only two Brewers. The right-hander has done well lately against Milwaukee, upping his record to 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA in his last eight outings.
"To come back home .500 after the road trip, I knew we'd play well here," said Hermanson. "Tonight I felt good and did everything I wanted to up until the sixth inning. I wanted to stay out there to save the bullpen, but the most important thing was winning the ballgame. It doesn't matter who wins.
Matt Herges got his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.
Matt Herges / P
Weight: 200 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
"I know it's way early and it can turn in a heartbeat, but I'm very happy," said Herges. "I threw a good curveball and I'm really encouraged by that. I'm killing [catcher] Bill Hayes in the bullpen, but I promised him I'd iron it out. Last year when I threw it, I knew ... but tonight was a great step getting it back."
Hermanson allowed a single to leadoff batter Scott Podsednik but picked him off, then didn't give up a hit until Chad Moeller singled to open the sixth. Moeller scored later on Junior Spivey's sacrifice fly.
Trouble came in the eighth as reliever Jim Brower gave up a run on two hits after two outs, but bullpenner Jason Christiansen came to the rescue.
There was bad news for the Giants, as second baseman and leadoff hitter Ray Durham suffered a mild left quadriceps injury in the first inning, moments after singling. Pitcher Chris Capuano balked trying to catch Durham off base, and the runner went to his knees attempting to get back.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.