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LP S. Ponson (0-2) 6 2/3IP 8H 5R 5ER 2BB 2K 1HR 4.50 ERA
S D. Weathers (3) 2IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K 1HR 3.63 ERA
New Giants pitcher, Sidney Ponson (0-2), made his second start and he'd face rookie, Aaron Heilman (2-5). Ponson did fine in the first inning, but ran into trouble in the bottom of the second. The Mets got on the board first. Jason Phillips led off the inning with a double in the bottom of the second. He moved over to third when Ty Wiggington fouled out to right. He eventually scored on an RBI single by Vance Wilson. Heilman helped his own cause as well by delivering an RBI single center – his first major league hit. At the end of the inning the Mets took a 3-0 lead.
Though this shut out wouldn't last long. In the top of the third with one out, Bonds came up to the plate and added the rookie pitcher, Hileman to his list. On the first pitch, Bonds hit a bomb deep into right field – his 36th homer of the season, 649th of his career. But the Mets responded when Phillips hit his eighth homer of the season to left field in the bottom of the third.
The Giants cut the Mets lead in the fifth. J.T. Snow led off the inning with a double to center. Bonds singled to deep right field, scoring Snow. With one out, and runners on first and third, Benito Santiago grounded out to second, bringing in Bonds. Neifi Perez struck out swinging, ending the inning with the Mets still maintaining their lead 4-3. However, throughout the game, the Giants had many opportunities, but were unable to take the lead. They left a total of eleven men on base.
The Mets scored once again in the seventh. Ponson gave up an RBI double to Jose Reyes, giving the Mets a two-run cushion. Ponson was taken out of the game and the bullpen took over. Chad Zerbe and Jim Brower were able to keep the Met bats silent for the rest of the game.
In the top of the ninth, Bonds homered (37) once again making this his 63rd multi-home run game. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be enough to get a rally going for the Giants. The Mets won the first game of a three game series against the Giants, 5-4.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: None other than Mr. Bonds. He went 3-4, two of which are home runs bringing him closer to his godfather, Willie Mays' record of 660.
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