Sunday, May 28, 2006
Bonds Hits No. 715 to Pass Babe Ruth.
Barry Bonds has moved past Babe Ruth and into second place on major league baseball's all-time home run list by hitting his 715th home run. The historic blast was a two-run bomb to the center field bleachers at Lefty O'Doul Stadium (hat tip to Miss Templeton) in the bottom of the fourth inning off of former Red Sox disaster Byung-Hyun Kim, with the Colorado Rockies leading 6-0. Bonds now trails Henry Aaron who hit 755 from 1954-1976 with the Braves and Brewers (and also trails Sadaharu Oh who hit 868 in his career with the Tokyo Giants in the Japanese Central league for the all-time professional record).
Added Red Sox note: The Sox nearly squandered a 5-0 lead as Terry Francona stupidly took starter Tim Wakefield out after the 8th inning. Relievers Rudy Seanez and Julian Tavarez threw up all over the mound with walks and wild pitches aplenty, and a perfect throw from left fielder Willie Harris to cut down speedster Joey Gathright at the plate on a two-out single by Carl Crawford was needed to stop the collapse. Final score: 5-4 Red Sox. The Sox now head north to play a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.