Now batting ... Ortmeier?
One day after Barry Bonds joined the 714-Home Run Club, Ortmeier joined a club almost as exclusive. The "I Pinch-Hit for Barry Bonds Club."
With exactly two big league RBI and five hits on the back of his baseball card, Ortmeier pinch-hit for Bonds in the top of the ninth of San Francisco's eventual 6-0 victory over the Athletics. Although rare -- no one has pinch-hit for Bonds this season -- the move was not a big surprise. Barry was the designated hitter, San Francisco held a commanding six-run lead and was about to return across the bay for a six-game homestand where the Giants would much rather have Bonds hit career home run 715.