Bonds Homers in First World Series
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Barry Bonds didn’t wait long to make an impact on the World Series.
Bonds became the 26th player to homer in his first World Series at-bat when he connected in the second inning against Anaheim’s Jarrod Washburn in Saturday night’s opener.
Washburn got behind 2-0 in the count. Bonds swung and missed at his third pitch, then lined an inside fastball over the right-field wall, a drive estimated at 418 feet.
Atlanta’s Andruw Jones was the last player to homer in his first Series at-bat, connecting in his first two against Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees in the 1996 opener.
Bonds, who set the season home run record with 73 in 2001, has five home runs in the postseason, one short of the single postseason record shared by Bob Robertson (1971), Lenny Dykstra (1993), Ken Griffey Jr. (1995), Bernie Williams (1996) and Jim Thome (1998).
Bonds’ homer put the Giants ahead 1-0. Reggie Sanders, in a 5-for-34 postseason slump, homered later in the second inning to give San Francisco a 2-0 lead.
Anaheim’s Troy Glaus hit his fifth home run of the postseason in the bottom half against the Giants’ Jason Schmidt, becoming the 27th player to homer in his first Series at-bat.
Bonds struck out on a 3-2 pitch in the fourth inning.