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LP M. Clement (2-3) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 2SO 0HR 2.84 ERA
After twelve days of rest due to the death of his mother, Jason Schmidt returned and pitched flawlessly. Schmidt forced the Cubs to bow down to him as he retired his first nine batters, striking out five.
In the bottom of the second inning, Jose Cruz, Jr. led off with a walk. J.T. Snow followed the walk with a single, advancing Cruz to third base. Benito Santiago hit a bloop single to score Cruz. Edgardo Alfonzo grounded out to move Snow and Santiago to third and second, respectively. With one down, Marquis Grissom drove in a run with a groundout.
In the bottom of the third inning, Neifi Perez, who started at shortstop in place of Rich Aurilia, walked and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Barry Bonds made the fans at Pac Bell Park get up on their feet when he smashed his 620th career roundtripper, an impressive opposite field jam, to make the score 4-0.
Schmidt pitched phenomenally, but in the top of the fourth inning, he got into a jam, loading the bases with two outs. Corey Patterson went up to bat, only to become another strike out victim to the tall right-hander. In that inning, Schmidt displayed his ability to stay under control even in a pressured situation.
Just when the game started to lose its excitement, Bonds jacked another one, this time into the San Francisco Bay. It was a solo smash and Bonds' twenty-third splash hit. It was his sixty-second multi-homer game. Bonds improved his dropping average with the help of his father, Bobby Bonds, who had spent the day coaching Barry on his swing.
Schmidt went on to pitch the rest of the game beautifully and got his third career shut out.
SFDugout.com Player of the Game: The one who deserves this honor is no doubt Jason Schmidt. It's tough enough to get back from a 12-day rest to be a starting pitcher, but Schmidt made everything look easy as the speed radar was still reading in the 90's in the ninth inning. He also made slugger Sammy Sosa look like an amateur. Schmidt may as well have dedicated this game to his mother. Mama Schmidt would have been proud. The great Barry Bonds also deserves a recognition because of his return from the slump by not just pounding one grand hit into the opposite field, but also by smacking one into the Bay.
Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps and other articles for SFDugout.com. Sara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org