Clement struck out six in eight innings, walked two, and gave up four hits and only one run which came in the fourth. After Bonds walked, AJ Pierzynski moved him over with a slow bouncer. That small play turned out to be very crucial as Pedro Feliz hit a solid single back up the middle to easily score Bonds from second.
That one run was all the Giants would score, but it was enough for Schmidt. Clement pitched well, but Schmidt threw one of most dominating starts ever. In nine innings, Schmidt struck out 13, a career high, and walked only one, a free pass to Moises Alou in the bottom of the fourth. He also hit two singles off Clement, one more than he allowed.
The Cubs' only hit came in the bottom of the fifth. With a 2-2 count, Schmidt threw one of the few breaking balls he threw all night, fooling Michael Barrett and apparently home plate umpire Tim McClelland as well. On the very next pitch, Barrett hit a slow bouncer up the third baseline for an infield single.
Player of the Game: Schmidt gave the Giants a much needed boost, and the bullpen a night off. It took him 144 pitches to do it, but he got it done. So tonight's honor goes to Jason Schmidt, with a mention to Pedro Feliz for coming through in the clutch.
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