SAN FRANCISCO -- Ben Ford joined some pretty impressive company Tuesday, when he gave up Barry Bonds' 661st career home run in the seventh inning of the San Francisco Giants' 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ford, making just his second career appearance against the Giants, became the 391st different pitcher to give up a homer to the Giants slugger, who now resides alone in third place on the all-time home run list. Among those pitchers are 13 Cy Young Award winners and 10 ERA leaders.
"I was hoping to stay off that list," said Ford. "But it's not like no one else had it happen to him. Right now I'll still kind of mad about it. I just have to take it with a grain of salt."
Ford retired the first five hitters he faced in relief of Chris Capuano (1-1) and was ahead in the count 1-2 against Bonds before delivering the fateful pitch, which -- like No. 660 -- landed in McCovey Cove, the body of water beyond the right-field fence at SBC Park. The ball traveled an estimated 468 feet.
Ben Ford / P
Weight: 235 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Bonds has hit 19 of his home runs against Brewers pitching.
"They have the best hitter in baseball on their team but that still doesn't mean you walk him every time out," said Brewers manager Ned Yost.
Capuano also had his problems with the long ball, giving up a pair of home runs to Marquis Grissom.
"Grissom hit a changeup and a fastball," said Capuano. "It took me to his third at-bat to pound him inside. I knew him as one of those fast, speedy guys. I wasn't sure he had that kind of power."
Capuano had his moments, striking out the side in the fourth, and getting Bonds to foul out in the third after giving up Grissom's second home run.
"It was one of those nights where I needed three innings before I felt I was in any kind of rhythm," said Capuano. "I was fighting myself as well as the other team. With Bonds, I knew if I made a quality pitch in a good location I would be fine."
Capuano allowed three runs on seven hits in his five innings. He walked
three and struck out five.
Chris Capuano / P
Weight: 220 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
"He threw a lot of pitches in the first inning but he kept us in the game even though he struggled with his command at times," said Yost. "He made some big pitches when he needed."
A Milwaukee offense that averaged 6.5 runs and 10.6 hits over the first
eight games was held in check by Giants starter Dustin Hermanson. The
Brewers managed one run on three hits over his 5 2/3 innings of work,
walking two and striking out six.
"Hermanson had us off balance," said Yost. "He mixed that split, slider and fastball and did a real good job."
Junior Spivey took over the team lead in RBI after driving in two more
for eight on the season. Lyle Overbay, mired in an 0-for-13 slump, has
six. Spivey has driven in six runs over the past three games.
Hermanson faced the minimum over the first three innings. Podsednik led
off with a single, but was picked off first base. Counsell walked in
the fourth to become the second Brewers' runner.
The Brewers have had a difficult time figuring Hermanson out lately.
After ripping him for 22 runs in their first 27 2/3 innings against him,
Milwaukee has scored just five runs in the last 25 1/3 innings.
"He has pitched well against us," Yost said. "Every time we see him he pitches great."
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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