Padres irked by result, not homer09/18/2004 3:13 AM ET
By Mike Scarr / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit the 700th home run of his career Sept. 17 and it should come as no surprise that he scaled the mountain against the Padres.
More than 10 percent of his career total has come at the expense of the Friars, so it was only fitting that Jake Peavy served up the milestone dinger. His shot on Sept. 17 was No. 79 allowed by the franchise as Bonds continued his march toward becoming baseball's all-time home run king.
Hank Aaron, with 755 career homers, and Babe Ruth, with 714, were an exclusive twosome until Bonds crashed the party with one swing in a 4-1 Giants win.
Leading off the bottom of the third, Bonds drove an 0-1 curveball the opposite way and deposited it 392 feet out into the left-field stands. Showing remarkable foresight, Bonds' milestone blast was hit just to the right of a new banner on the left-field wall commemorating clout No. 700 that reads: "A Giant Among Legends."
"Barry Bonds hit a breaking ball out of the ballpark," Peavy said afterward, not wishing to elaborate on the moment. "It was a home run; it was one of the four runs."
Peavy has pitched well against the Giants this season, coming into Sept. 17's contest with a 2-0 record and a 1.03 ERA on the year. But the young right-hander was shaky from the start and it was only a matter of time before Bonds went deep.
With two on and one down in the first, Peavy hit Bonds with a cutter on 1-1 count as he tried to come inside. Bonds ended up scoring as the Giants took a 3-0 lead.
Bonds had been waiting to be a part of history for nearly a week after hitting his 699th homer last Sunday in Arizona, but he essentially saved the moment for the home folks, which has become his signature.
"I hate to see it against us in such an important game like this, but it's a great accomplishment," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's hard to believe that someone can hit 700 home runs."
Before the game, Bochy held a meeting with his pitchers and cautioned them about what they could expect from the sellout crowd at SBC Park.
By game time, Bochy said no one was thinking about Bonds going deep; they were concentrating on trying to stay in the pennant race. Peavy agreed.
"That made zero difference to me," Peavy said of the prospect that Bonds might hit his 700th homer. "The fans were excited about that, but we were trying to win this ballgame tonight. I didn't care how it got done and I didn't care if Barry homered or not."
It was the third home run that Bonds has hit off Peavy, who admitted he had some adrenaline flowing hard in the first inning but said he didn't approach him any differently, whether or not they faced a milestone moment.
"You've got to mix it up just like you have to do with so many guys in the four-hole," Peavy said. "I've thrown to him quite a bit and got him out in previous at-bats. You've got to use everything in your repertoire and try and make pitches."
Showing his sense of theater, the 41-year-old also hit Nos. 500 and 600 at home and has used each part of the ballpark. Bonds' 500th came off the Dodgers' Terry Adams, splashing down in McCovey Cove while his 600th went to dead center off Pittsburgh's Kip Wells.
"He's the greatest hitter in the game," Bochy said.
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