Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, August 6
Chicago 10Final
San Francisco 11
Game 2: Wednesday, August 7
Chicago 3Final
in 10
San Francisco 4
Game 3: Thursday, August 8
Chicago 9Final
San Francisco 3

Cubs 9

(48-64, 22-33 away)

Giants 3

(63-51, 32-24 home)

    3:35 PM ET, August 8, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    CHC 420001020 9 - -
    SF 000000030 3 - -

    W: M. Clement (9-8)

    L: L. Hernandez (7-12)

    Clement, Sosa overpower Bonds, Giants in rout

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Matt Clement got so excited to pitch to Barry Bonds that he couldn't give the San Francisco slugger anything to hit.

    Sammy Sosa

    AP

    Sammy Sosa smacks the first of his two homers in the first inning.

    No matter -- Sammy Sosa still provided a home run to remember.

    Sosa homered twice, including a 461-foot drive to straightaway center, and Bonds was denied his 600th home run for the second straight day as the Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 9-3 Thursday.

    All the attention in the series was focused on Bonds, who hit his 599th homer on Tuesday night. Clement was so worked up for the challenge that he got overexcited and walked Bonds twice on nine pitches in his first two at-bats.

    "I was out of control against him, but I was fine against everybody else,'' said Clement, who pitched seven shutout innings of two-hit ball. "It was a great atmosphere out here. I was able to settle down, but you're talking about the best ballplayer of my generation. That was a highlight for my career.''

    Bonds went 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout. Instead, the stars were Clement and Sosa, who saved Chicago from being swept and snapped San Francisco's four-game winning streak.

    "I really didn't care how far that home run was,'' said Sosa, who hit the second-longest homer in Pacific Bell Park's three-year history. "My concern was to get the win for Matt, because he pitched a great game. Barry is going to get 600. It's just a matter of time. He'll just have to be a little bit more patient.''

    While Clement (9-8) got nine strikeouts, Sosa provided the excitement with a two-run homer in the first and the long two-run shot in the eighth against reliever Troy Brohawn.

    Sosa leads the NL with 35 homers, and he has 485 in his career. His eighth-inning drive, which caromed off the 490-foot sign on one short hop, trails only Andres Galarraga's 485-foot homer last season in Pac Bell history.

    Chicago scored six early runs against Livan Hernandez (7-12). The Cubs won for just the fifth time in 15 games, though Jeff Kent broke up the shutout with a three-run homer in the eighth.

    Giants manager Dusty Baker thought he might give Bonds a day off to rest his torn hamstring, but Bonds insisted on staying in the lineup in his quest to join Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Willie Mays (660) and the only players to reach 600.

    Bonds struck out in the sixth and beat out an infield single against reliever Jeff Fassero in the eighth before leaving for a pinch-runner.

    Bonds is 2-for-6 with an RBI double and five walks since hitting No. 599. He's expected to be in the lineup Friday night when the Giants open a weekend series against Pittsburgh, Bonds' former club.

    "We think he would certainly benefit from some rest, but nobody knows how to prepare and play this game as well as Barry Bonds,'' Giants trainer Stan Conte said.

    Clement had a brilliant start one day after he became the most experienced pitcher in the Cubs' rotation. Jon Lieber, Chicago's opening day starter the past three years, was scheduled for reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday, which will sideline him for a year or more.

    "I talked to (Lieber) yesterday on the phone,'' Clement said. "I learned a lot about consistency and determination from him this season. I let him know I was praying for him.''

    Clement walked Bonds in the first inning, but retired San Francisco's next seven hitters. He didn't yield a hit until Hernandez's two-out single in the fifth.

    J.T. Snow led off the seventh with a double and the Giants loaded the bases with two walks, but Clement struck out pinch-hitter Shawon Dunston with a wicked breaking ball.

    Alex Gonzalez had a two-run single in the Cubs' four-run first against Hernandez, who gave another demonstration of the reasons San Francisco was unable to trade him last month. He has won just once in his last 10 starts, going 1-6 with a 6.08 ERA.

    "Fans booing didn't bother me,'' Hernandez said. "You want to pitch a good game every time, but that doesn't happen. If I did, I'd win 34 games.''

    San Francisco fell a half-game behind Los Angeles in the NL wild-card standings.

    Game notes


    Bonds' longest homer in the park is 451 feet. ... Fred McGriff, who had an RBI single in the second inning, drove in six runs in the three-game series for the Cubs. ... Giants OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo will play two weekend games for Triple-A Fresno in his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury. ... San Francisco, still desperate for left-handed relievers, claimed LHP Scott Eyre off waivers from Toronto. He'll be in the bullpen Friday. ... 3B Bill Mueller drove in two runs for Chicago, but he'll get the day off Friday to rest his sore leg. The Cubs have a weekend series in Colorado.

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