SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jason Schmidt said a silent prayer before
he pitched, asking for a victory in his mother's honor -- though
even being on the mound triggered some guilty feelings because he
wasn't back home with his family.
He was brilliant.
"The highlight of my career, all things considered," Schmidt
said. "I don't know (how I did it). I love coming to the park
every day. You're here around a great group of guys and it was fun
getting back out there. In some ways I felt kind of guilty."
Barry Bonds, who's dealing with father Bobby's lung cancer,
homered twice to give him 621 for his career, but this night
belonged to Schmidt and Bonds acknowledged that.
"It was incredible," Bonds said. "It was more special for him
than me. I've been dealing with some family personal things, too,
but not as much as him."
Schmidt's mother, Vicki, died last week from a malignant brain
tumor and he attended the funeral in Washington state. In a tribute
to her, Schmidt pitched his first complete game since Aug. 20 last
year against New York. He walked two in his third career shutout.
"A very special outing," manager Felipe Alou said. "I was
hoping he'd throw a complete game. It was his night."
Bonds had a big night, too. He had his first multihomer game of
the season and 62nd of his career, tying him with Hank Aaron for
fourth on the all-time list. Babe Ruth (72), Mark McGwire (67) and
Willie Mays (63) are ahead of them.
Bonds hit a two-run homer in the third off Matt Clement (2-3)
that sailed about 410 feet over the fence in left-center, then led
off the sixth with another shot against Clement that landed over
the right-field wall in McCovey Cove.
It was Bonds' 23rd homer into the water. A man immediately
jumped out of his kayak to retrieve the ball. Bonds hit his seventh
and eighth homers of the season, and nearly had another in the
eighth that was just beyond the foul pole in right.
Bonds' father, Bobby, had a chemotherapy treatment for lung
cancer Monday and then attended Tuesday's game. And just two weeks
ago, he had a brain tumor removed. Last season, he underwent an
operation to remove a tumor from his kidney.
With all the slugger has been handling with his dad, Bonds was
still most impressed with what Schmidt accomplished.
"There's no answer to it. It's our job and you have to stay
strong. We've been able to hold it together. It shows the character
of this club," he said.
The NL West-leading Giants, off to their best start in 30 years,
snapped their first three-game losing streak of the season and
spoiled Day 2 of the Dusty Baker Reunion.
Baker, the former San Francisco manager, won 4-2 in the opener
of the three-game series Tuesday. But Schmidt kept the Cubs' bats
Baker had to watch Bonds beat him.
"It's going to happen sooner or later," Baker said. "When a
guy hits 621 homers, he hits them against everybody. It was his day
and Jason Schmidt's day. Jason was throwing as hard in the ninth
inning as he was in the first inning. I'm sure it was out of
motivation with the passing of his mother."
Schmidt (3-0), a 13-game winner last season who hadn't pitched
since April 18 at Los Angeles, retired the first nine batters with
He did not allow a hit until Mark Grudzielanek led off the
fourth with a single to center. Schmidt then got Alex Gonzalez to
fly out to right and Sammy Sosa to pop out to second before hitting
Moises Alou with a pitch and walking Hee Seop Choi to load the
Corey Patterson then struck out swinging as Schmidt escaped the
Schmidt's mom was diagnosed in March 2002 during spring
Schmidt has said dealing with his mother's illness changed his
outlook on what's most important. He headed home to Kelso, Wash.,
in late March last year to spend time with her before the season
She was in the Pacific Bell Park stands for his first postseason
appearance last fall.
Clement allowed all five runs on five hits in six innings,
striking out two and walking two. Bonds had homered once previously
against the right-hander.
"You hate to let him beat you," Clement said. "You want to be
careful, but the situation dictated pitching to him. He didn't beat
me, but he put the game out of reach. Jason pitched a great game. I
tip my hat to him with all that he's been through."
Schmidt had more than 10 strikeouts for the ninth time. His
career high is 13, which he's done twice. ... Bonds lined out in
the first, then grounded out in the eighth after hitting a long
foul ball. ... The three hits off Schmidt were the fewest he's
allowed in his career. He threw 117 pitches, 80 for strikes.