SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds at the plate can sends shivers down the spines of the toughest pitchers in the game. The Giants' pitchers may never have to stand opposite Bonds, but Alex Rodriguz gives them a good idea of what it feels like. Rodriguez has been locked in during the San Francisco series. In the first two games, Rodriguez went 8-for-10 with a home run and three RBIs. On Saturday, reliever Vinnie Chulk faced the task of retiring Rodriguez in the 13th inning. "I'm sure everybody was waiting for him to hit another blast," Chulk said.
Rodriguez grounded out to short instead, and Chulk held off the middle of the lineup. Chulk has never faced Bonds, but said both Bonds and Rodriguez adjust quickly. They can take a big strike then hit the exact same pitch perfectly on the next swing. Reliever Steve Kline can attest to that. "I'll tell you what, I threw the ball about 10 feet off the plate and I still couldn't get one," Kline said after Rodriguez hit a double off him. "He hit me [Friday] night, too. I think I'm his personal batting tosser, or whatever you want to call it." Most pitchers probably feel like Kline. Rodriguez makes a clutch hit look easier than batting practice, like when he homered to tie the game in the ninth inning Saturday. It wasn't poor pitching; there just aren't many pitches Rodriguez misses. "He can pull an outside pitch. He can go the other way with an inside pitch. There isn't a pitch that guy can't hit," reliever Kevin Correia said. Rodriguez is a dangerous batter, and Correia said it's almost always better to intentionally walk him than give him a good pitch in every situation. Correia has never faced Rodriguez, but if he does and it's up to him, he won't be giving out any free passes. "I'm pitching to him," said Correia. "It might be the only time I ever face the guy." Roberts sits: Center fielder Dave Roberts was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to food poisoning, putting Randy Winn in center and Nate Schierholtz in right. Roberts came down with food poisoning after Saturday's game, but was at the ballpark Sunday and looked like he felt much better. Rehab reckoning: Outfielder Fred Lewis went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two RBIs and a walk in his first rehab start with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on Saturday. Lewis (strained right oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL on June 9 and assigned to Fresno for rehab on Saturday.
Becky Regan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.