Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Bonds Rakes #747; Ibanez Paces Seattle to 8-7 Win

Note: During interleague play, home teams are reported under their respective leagues. National League San Francisco 4 Toronto 3 - Barry Bonds ended a streak of 12 games without a home run with a 2-run blast on Monday, progressing to within 8 of Hank Aaron's all-time mark (755) with his 747th career bomb. It was Bonds' 13th homer of the season, but only his 2nd since May 8. In his relentless pursuit of immortality, Bonds is feeling more and more human as he approaches the age of 43 (July 24). After knocking 8 round-trippers in April, he hit only 4 in May and has 1 thus far in June. With less than 100 games left on the Giants' 2007 schedule, Barry will have to do better than one job per 13 games to catch and pass Hammerin' Hank. Chicago Cubs 2 Houston 1 - Carlos Zambrano threw 3-hit ball over 8 innings and didn't allow an earned run as the Cubs moved into a tie for 2nd place in the NL Central with St. Louis, 5 1/2 behind division-leading Milwaukee. Zambrano (7-5) got his work in, tossing 128 pitches and striking out 9. He also hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning. Houston has lost 16 of their last 21. LA Dodgers 5 NY Mets 3 - Dodger starter Randy Wolf (8-4), who spent his entire career with the Phillies before heading to LA this season, knows how to beat the Mets. Wolf was 8-4 lifetime against the NL East leaders and got through 6 innings by scattering 9 hits for 3 earned runs. After that, the Dodger bullpen did their job, setting down the Mets in order over the final three innings. Closer Takashi Saito picked up his 17th save. The Mets' lead is down to just 2 games, while LA moved to within 1 of San Diego and Arizona in the West. Philadelphia 3 Chicago White Sox 0 - Adam Eaton improved to 7-4 with 7 innings of shutout ball over the struggling Sox. Eaton dispersed 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 5 to get the Phillies to within 4 games of the Mets in the NL East. The visiting White Sox are 3-13 since May 26, and have fallen out of contention in the AL Central. At 27-33, they are 9 games off the pace set by the Cleveland Indians. American League Seattle 8 Cleveland 7 - All Raul Ibanez needed to hit for the cycle was a single, but he'll probably settle for his 4-5, 2 home run, double and triple performance of Monday night. Ibanez drove in 5 runs, including the game winner with a double in the 9th, to get the surprising Mariners to within 4 games of the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels. It was an all-around exciting night for Ibanez in the field and on the basepaths. He was charged with an error on a bobble, but recovered later to throw out David Dellucci at the plate with the potential go-ahead run in the 8th, then was himself thrown out at home in the 9th by Trot Nixon. Interleague Scoreboard: Friday (6/8): AL 8, NL 6 Saturday (6/9): AL 10, NL 4 Sunday (6/10): AL 9, NL 5 Monday (6/11): AL 0, NL 2

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