MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Barry Bonds connected solidly with his
forehead. He didn't have as much luck with his bat.
Bonds didn't come any closer to catching Babe Ruth after getting
bonked in the head during batting practice Wednesday, going
0-for-4. Instead, it was Pedro Feliz who went deep, and Jason
Schmidt pitched a gem to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 2-0
victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Bonds remains at 712 homers, two shy of matching Ruth for second
place, and that's not likely to change Thursday. Though he said
through a Giants spokesman that his status for Thursday's afternoon
game is uncertain, manager Felipe Alou said Bonds wouldn't play.
"He's not going to be in," Alou said.
The Giants didn't need him, not with the way Schmidt (2-2) was
Schmidt threw his ninth career shutout, scattering five hits and
striking out seven. He retired 16 of 17 hitters at one point, but
got in trouble in the ninth with singles to Brady Clark and Geoff
Clark advanced to third on a fielder's choice, but Schmidt
struck out Prince Fielder to end the game.
Bush (2-3) allowed three hits in eight innings, but one was the
two-run homer by Feliz in the second. He struck out six while
Hobbled by a tender, surgically repaired knee and a swollen
elbow, it took Bonds 14 games before he hit his first homer of the
year. But he's warmed up right along with the weather, and he
arrived in Milwaukee with four homers in his previous 22 at-bats,
including No. 712 in his last at-bat Tuesday.
But the knock on the head seemed to throw Bonds' already-shaky
timing off even further.
Bonds was standing behind the cage during batting practice when
Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen fouled a ball back into the net --
and into Bonds' forehead. Bonds yelped, then let out an expletive.
Appearing stunned, he laid down for several minutes while the
Giants' medical staff tended to him.
"My heart almost stopped," said Frandsen, a rookie who got his
first callup last Friday. "I thought I was going to come in and my
locker would be cleaned out."
Bonds was taken into the clubhouse for further examination, but
returned to hit after getting medical clearance.
"He got a pretty good blow," Alou said. "I was glad he played
He played, but he struggled.
Though Bonds came into the game averaging a homer every 7.5
at-bats against Milwaukee, his best percentage against any NL team,
he never even came close to getting a hit.
He came to the plate with two outs each time, and the Brewers
never considered pitching around him. With good reason. With a
runner on third in the first, the only thing he could manage was a
lazy grounder to first.
"I'm obviously aware of the situation. He's one of the best
home run hitters ever," Brewers right-hander Dave Bush said. "At
the same time, I try to go with my same approach. ... We never
really talked about pitching around him or anything else."
When Bonds popped up to the catcher ending the ninth, he flipped
his bat to the side. Jason Ellison replaced him in left field for
the final half-inning, much to the delight of Brewers' fans.
Though fans in San Francisco continue to adore Bonds, serenading
him with chants of "Barry! Barry!" every time he steps to the
plate, Milwaukee fans didn't have much use for him. The crowd was
generously listed at 17,358, and the fans who did show seemed to be
there only to boo Bonds.
Jeers drowned out the P.A. announcer whenever he came to the
plate, and got louder with each pitch. He was up against ratings
giant, "American Idol," when he batted in the sixth inning, and
it was clear who Brewers fans would have voted out if they had a
They didn't let up when the Brewers were batting, either. Fans
in the left-field seats -- one of the few sections in the park that
was filled -- taunted him with chants of "Steroids, Steroids"
throughout the game.
Bonds has been dogged by questions of steroid use for several
seasons. The recent book "Game of Shadows" detailed allegations
against him, and a federal grand jury is investigating whether he
committed perjury when he told another grand jury he never
knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball
is also doing its own investigation into steroid use.
Baseball also has said it won't honor 715 if and when Bonds hits
But Bonds said before the game he doesn't worry about fan
reaction, and he doesn't take baseball's party moratorium as a
"I don't like those stories. I don't talk about them, so I have
no idea," he said. "I just have to go out there and play the game
and do the best I can. And whatever happens, happens."
Schmidt is 5-1 in his last six starts against Milwaukee.
... The shutout was Schmidt's first since Aug. 12, 2004, in
Pittsburgh. He gave up four hits in a 7-0 victory. ... The Brewers
put RHP Tomo Ohka on the 15-day DL with a partial tear in his right
rotator cuff and capsular injury Wednesday. Ohka was removed from
Monday night's game against the Houston Astros after feeling
tightness in his shoulder and had an MRI Wednesday. It is unclear
who will take his spot in the starting rotation for Saturday's game
in Los Angeles. Ohka is 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA in six starts for the
Brewers this season.