GIANTS 9, CUBS 4 Aug. 11
Chasing a home run record takes strength, endurance and, as Barry Bonds can now attest, a little luck. The 37-year-old Bonds became the oldest player to hit 50 home runs in a season and reached that number faster than any other player—this was the Giants' 117th game—but he needed an at bat prolonged by borrowed time to do it.
With two outs and two on in the second inning, Chicago righthander Joe Borowski fired a 2-and-2 fastball high in the strike zone. Bonds swung and barely nicked the pitch, changing its direction so little that it flew right into catcher Todd Hundley's mitt. Had Hundley squeezed the foul tip, Borowski would have had an inning-ending strikeout. Instead the ball bounced out of Hundley's glove, giving new life to Bonds, who sent Borowski's next pitch into the basket atop the centerfield wall. San Francisco had a 6-0 lead, and Bonds had added two more lines to his r�sum�.