09/23/06 2:25 AM ET
Sanchez suffers worst outing of season
Rookie gives up eight runs in two-plus; Bonds drives in six
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
"It's not easy," he said. "I had almost 100 pitches and then no bullpen before this game."The Giants tried to make it easy on Sanchez, scoring four runs in the opening frame against Milwaukee starter Doug Davis, but the Brewers roared into the lead with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Nothing like a 39-minute first frame to get the game rolling. "I thought when we scored four runs it wouldn't be easy, but I could win this game," said Sanchez. "When they [started] hitting, I thought, 'This is going to be a long game, no doubt about it.'" The three-hour, 33-minute contest would feature 31 hits, among them Barry Bonds' 733rd lifetime homer, tying the immortal Hank Aaron's National League record. Bonds would drive in six runs overall with the three-run blast and two doubles, tying teammate Pedro Feliz for the most RBIs in a game for the Giants this season, but the loss took the celebration away from Bonds. Ray Durham's solo homer in the eighth -- his 25th blast of the year -- put San Francisco up 12-10, and it appeared the Giants, who rallied from a 9-4 deficit, would win only their second game in the last seven. But the lead dissolved in the bottom half, with Vinnie Chulk blowing a save and losing his third game of the season by allowing a Bill Hall hit, walks to Geoff Jenkins and Jeff Cirillo and a bases-loaded infield hit to score Hall. Chulk left quickly and quietly after the game. Bench coach Ron Wotus, filling in for manager Felipe Alou, who was suspended for this game after Jamey Wright drilled Matt Holliday with a pitch in Colorado, wasn't happy with the result. But he liked the way San Francisco battled to the end. "That's the way it's been," he said. "To fall behind like we have, nobody quit and we had the lead going into the eighth and couldn't hold onto it. "Bonds had six RBIs and it was a good effort by everybody, but we just came up short," said Wotus, who felt confident that Chulk could keep the Brewers from scoring after Kevin Corriea allowed two runs. "The run that beat us was on a ground ball, and it found a seam," said Wotus. "If that's hit at somebody, it's a tie game right now. And if the game goes into extra innings, we're running out of pitchers."
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.