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Brewers felled by Bonds' big blow
04/12/2004  7:27 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO -- Milwaukee Brewers starter Matt Kinney watched Barry Bonds swing at his 3-1 delivery and knew something went wrong with his pitch execution.

As the ball sailed over the right-field barrier and into the body of water beyond SBC Park, Kinney walked off behind the mound and tried to avoid watching Bonds' historic trot around the bases during the San Francisco Giants' 7-5 victory on Monday afternoon.

"I was trying to throw a cutter in and get him to swing at a ball," said Kinney. "It didn't head in. I didn't make a good pitch to get to the next guy. When I saw his reaction I knew it was gone."

This was no ordinary baseball player hitting a normal home run. This was Bonds' 660th career homer, tying him for third with Willie Mays on the career list, and it gave the Giants a one-run lead in the fifth.

"When you think about it, you've got two outs and you're trying to get him to hit your pitch," said Brewers manager Ned Yost. "If you walk him, so what? He's never going to get better if he doesn't pitch in that situation. I didn't want to take the situation out of his hands. We're not going to walk Barry Bonds every time somebody gets on base. We tried that last year and the guys behind him hurt us."

   Matt Kinney  /   P
Born: 12/16/76
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 225 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

Brewers third baseman Wes Helms came over to talk with Kinney during the interruption, and Kinney got in a few practice pitches before retiring A.J. Pierzynski on a comebacker to end the inning.

"He reminded me there was still a lot of game left and I had to get some outs so we could hopefully come back," said Kinney.

Kinney, beginning his second full season with the Brewers, becomes a footnote to history.

"Ten years from now it's going to be no big deal," he said. "Right now it cost us a ballgame. We were trying to go at him and get him out. I didn't want to give him anything good to hit. I was trying to pitch around him and go for the corners."

His day ended after giving up a single to Neifi Perez. He allowed six runs on eight hits in his 5 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out two. He'll only be remembered for one pitch, though.

Geoff Jenkins, meanwhile, collected two hits and drove in two runs as the Brewers lost their third in four games. Junior Spivey also drove in two runs, giving him four in his last two games.

Jenkins, who has become the centerpiece of a potent Milwaukee offense, said most great hitters make a living out of hitting pitcher's mistakes.

   Geoff Jenkins  /   LF
Born: 07/21/74
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R

"You just see them and react," he said. "That's what mistakes are. Maybe [Albert] Pujols or Bonds are the few guys who can hit anything. Bonds is the most dangerous. He can go deep on any pitch. He's the greatest hitter of all time. That's a tough situation. I'm sure if he had the pitch back, he'd waste another one."

Milwaukee took a 3-1 lead before Bonds singled home a run in the third to make it 3-2 but the Brewers answered with a Spivey RBI single to set the stage for Kinney's showdown with Bonds.

With one out, Kinney walked Durham, and Snow singled. Kinney got Marquis Grissom on an infield popup.

Bonds fouled off Kinney's 3-0 pitch before sending the next delivery into history.

"Here's a guy who walks a couple of times and doesn't get to swing the bat," said Brewers shortstop Craig Counsell, who had three hits. "Then the first strike he sees, he does that. The guy just tied for third on the all-time list. For most of us, he's the best player we've ever seen."

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