The 460-foot home run Sunday did not bother Mike Koplove as much as the grounder that tipped off his glove.
Koplove surrendered Barry Bonds’ 699th home run in the ninth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 5-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Bank One Ballpark. But it was Deivi Cruz's deflected grounder that drove in the tiebreaking run an inning earlier.
“That changed the game right there,” Koplove said.
Arizona has 100 losses with 19 games to play. Unless the D-Backs have a winning record the rest of the way, they will be the first National League team since 1969 to lose 110 times.
“Everybody in that (locker) room and throughout the whole organization is very, very frustrated,” manager Al Pedrique said. “We have to find a way to finish strong and build momentum going into spring training next year.”
Unable to do much to help teammate Randy Johnson in Cy Young Award voting with run support, the D-Backs even failed at negative campaigning.
Fielding a lineup of nine players who began last season in the minors, the Diamondbacks built an early lead on San Francisco's Jason Schmidt, a main challenger in the Cy Young race. But Schmidt retired 22 of the final 23 D-Backs, and the Giants rallied to win.
Schmidt (16-6) is tied for third in the NL in wins and ranks sixth with a 3.14 ERA. (Johnson is 13-13 with a league-best 2.75 ERA.)
For the first two innings, Schmidt — who had given up six runs in each of his previous three starts — was throwing only 90-92 mph. But he settled down after Luis Terrero's second-inning single gave the D-Backs a 2-0 lead.
As Schmidt's velocity picked up to the usual 95-96 mph, he mowed down the next 21 hitters, striking out nine, before Chad Tracy's two-out double in the ninth.
“I didn't feel any different,” Schmidt said. “I guess I just found a groove.”
Solo homers by A.J. Pierzynski and J.T. Snow off Brandon Webb tied the score.
Snow led off the eighth with a single off Randy Choate (1-3). Three batters later, Koplove deflected Cruz's grounder, causing it to elude shortstop Alex Cintron and get through, and pinch runner Jason Ellison scored.
“If I catch it or I don't catch it it's a double play,” Koplove said.
Webb walked five in six innings — giving him 109 on the season — but the only runs he allowed were on the homers.
Webb had not given up a home run since Aug. 11, going 159 batters without a long ball. Then he allowed two in a span of eight batters.
With no decision, Webb (who has a very respectable 3.64 ERA) is assured of not losing 20 games.
But he has a shot at becoming the first pitcher to issue more than 125 walks since 1992, when Johnson had 144 for Seattle.
Arizona scored in the first inning when Alan Zinter's double — his first major league extra-base hit since Sept. 2, 2002 — drove in Terrero, who had doubled to snap an 0-for-20 streak.