Sergio Mitre said he was never anxious, even though the crowd at AT&T Park briefly exploded in the bottom of the fourth inning when the fly ball left Barry Bonds’ bat.
The Florida Marlins’ right-handed starting pitcher just turned and watched as right-fielder Jeremy Hermida took several steps in and caught the broken-bat drive well shy of the warning track. Bonds went
1-for-4 with an infield single in the game, but that was the closest he would come to tying Hank Aaron’s career home run record in the last game of San Francisco’s seven-game homestand.
“It’s the big leagues, so you can’t get nervous,” Mitre said in the clubhouse after the game. “Just got to go do your job and make your pitches and hopefully get him out.”
Mitre earned the win for Florida to improve to 5-5 on the season, allowing five runs (all earned) in 6²/³ innings. He gave up all five runs in the fourth inning after retiring the first 10 batters on groundouts, but then settled down and allowed just one more hit.
ANOTHER LOSS FOR MORRIS: Matt Morris allowed six runs on 13 hits in seven innings and took the loss for San Francisco, dropping his record to 7-7 on the season. He has now lost his last four decisions after a complete game win over Toronto on June 11th. The right-hander was 7-3 with a 2.56 ERA after that game, but has allowed 80 hits and 40 earned runs in 45¹/³ innings since, and seen his ERA rise to 4.35.
“I thought he pitched better than what the numbers indicate,” Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy said after the game. “He gave up a lot of cheap hits, a lot of balls we couldn’t quite get to. That’s a tough loss for him.”