Alou gets 2,000th hit in Giants' loss

Alou gets 2,000th hit in Giants' loss

MILWAUKEE -- There was a quiet celebration Sunday by two baseball men -- father and son -- when Giants outfielder Moises Alou blooped a double into right field in the second inning of San Francisco's 5-3 loss to Milwaukee at Miller Park on Sunday.

For the 41-year-old "Mo," it marked his 2,000th Major League hit over a distinguished 17-year career, joining his dad, manager Felipe Alou, who had 2,101 hits over his 17 summers as a big leaguer.

The Griffeys -- Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. -- are the only other father-son duo that has accomplished that feat.

Moises Alou said he was "very proud" of reaching the hitting milestone, even if it came during a disastrous 1-8 road trip that doomed the Giants' chances for a playoff berth.

They were swept by the Brewers in the four-game series here and flew to San Francisco for a final six-game homestand, disappointed but still game to finish the season strong.

For Alou, Sept. 24 will be an anniversary to remember.

"Very proud," said Alou. "It means you've played for a while in the big leagues and were successful for a while. It's something I'm very proud of. My dad got 2,000 hits, and for me to get 2,000 hits is a nice feeling.

"Especially when you look back when you were first signed, played A ball and rookie ball and then made the big leagues," he said. "That first year I got hurt [right shoulder labrum tear and rotator cuff tear, missing 1991 season] and didn't know I was going to make the team [the following] year."

But Alou persevered, struggled through multiple injuries that kept his overall statistics lower than his talent, but his numbers still stand as formidable.

The outfielder, who became the 244th player to record 2,000 hits, also broke the 300-homer barrier in his seventh game of the year and is playing well the past few weeks -- .333 over the road trip -- thanks to a semi-healed hamstring strain.

Felipe Alou's pride was showing as well after the game.

"It's nice to have in the family two guys with 2,000 hits," said the skipper, who had a career .286 batting average and hit 206 homers. "He's the kind of man who believes he can do anything that he needs to do."

As for Giants starter Matt Cain (13-11), the rookie was downcast following his seven innings of five-hit ball, which featured a two-run homer by David Bell in the second inning and a deadly three-run double by Mike Rivera in the sixth after Cain had walked the bases loaded.

It was the longest stint by a starter on the road trip, with Cain also going a second-longest 5 1/3 frames against Colorado.

In other starts, Noah Lowry went 1 1/3 at Coors Field and five innings here; Jason Schmidt went 4 2/3 vs. the Rox; Matt Morris lasted 4 1/3 in the opener at Miller Park while Jonathan Sanchez pitched two innings Friday.

"I was trying to put up zeros," said Cain. "I wasn't worried about our losing streak -- I still had to get guys."

Cain admitted still being frustrated about jamming the bases in the sixth with the game tied at 2, as he strolled Bill Hall, Geoff Jenkins and Bell before Rivera's game-deciding shot to left field.

"I walked three guys that were normal swingers and gave them a chance to swing -- I messed up terribly 0-2 to Rivera," he said. "I was trying to run one up against him but left it over the plate."

In addition to Moises Alou's heroics, rookie catcher Eliezer Alfonzo broke an 0-for-16 spell with two doubles, Pedro Feliz notched his team-leading 96th RBI in the ninth and also doubled and scored on Tomas De La Rosa's fifth-inning single.

In the ninth, with winning pitcher Ben Sheets (6-7) gone, San Francisco rallied when Steve Finley and Shea Hillenbrand singled, then after one out Todd Linden walked, following by Feliz's RBI safety.

Would Barry Bonds bat? That was the only question ... but the slugger remained in the dugout with Alfonzo and De La Rosa slated to bat next.

Alou said he wasn't about to bat Bonds in place of Alfonzo, who had already doubled twice, and was set to pinch-hit Randy Winn for De La Rosa.

Alfonzo, unfortunately, grounded into a game-ending double play.

"If we were in a pennant race," said Alou, "I'd have put Bonds in there."

Rich Draper is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.