Friday, July 22, 2011

Box score of the week

Let's check out a game from the Arizona Diamondbacks' debut season back in 1998.


Even before his steroid use in the late '90s, early 2000s, Barry Bonds was perhaps baseball's most feared hitter. In this game, with his San Francisco Giants hosting the Diamondbacks, Bonds came to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded, two outs and his team trailing 8-6. Amazingly, Arizona manager Buck Showalter elected to intentionally walk Bonds, thus forcing in a run and making it a one-run game. The strategy worked as the Giants' next hitter, Brent Mayne, flied out to end the ballgame, giving the Diamondbacks an 8-7 victory.


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