Giants Fall Short To Cubs

The sun finally peeped its way through the cloudy skies at Scottsdale Stadium after a gloomy start yesterday. The Giants were ready to play their first Cactus League game in front of their sold out stadium, but the Cubs were more ready for revenge.

The San Francisco Giants sent Jason Schmidt to counter the Chicago Cubs' right-handed pitcher Kerry Wood. This preview of two possible Cy Young candidates displayed a good game that led the Cubs' to victory in the end.

Wood had trouble with his control as he walked J.T. Snow in the first. Barry Bonds hit a slow grounder to second, forcing Snow out. Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a walk, and newcomer, Dustan Mohr, posted the first hit of the game and his first hit as a Giant to load the bases. Unfortunately, Marquis Grissom failed to produce when he grounded out to first, thus ending the inning.

In the second inning, Schmidt and the Giants ran into trouble. With Moises Alou on first, Derrek Lee lined over the head of Alfonzo. Alex Gonzalez followed with a double to left field, scoring Alou. Catcher Michael Barrett smashed a triple; giving the Cubs two more runs. Wood helped his own cause by driving in Barrett. Todd Walker hit into a double play to end the inning after the Cubs scored four runs.

The Giants got something going as Neifi Perez led off the bottom of the second with a double. Catcher, Yorvit Torrealba drew a walk, and pinch-hitting for Schmidt, Tony Torcato singled to knock in the Giants' first run.

The Giants loaded the bases again in the sixth, but the runners were stranded after Torrealba hit into a double play. Neither team could get anything offensive going for the rest of the game.

Game Notes: The Giants announced today that they extended the contract of GM Brian Sabean, and exercised the option on skipper, Felipe Alou, which means they will both be with the Giants in 2005 as well... Today marks the birthday of Giants' outfielder, Jeffrey Hammonds.

March 5, 2004 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago Cubs 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0
San Francisco 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1

WP K. Wood (1-0), LP J. Schmidt (0-1), S Bryan Corey(1)



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