Cubs 3, Giants 0
Clement (8-9) struck out eight and walked two as the Giants lost for just the second time in the last 12 games. Bonds went 0-for-3.
“A team like that is going to be on you and they aren’t going to let you out of jams,” Clement said. “They aren’t going to miss if they get a lot of runners on base.”
Clement made sure it didn’t come to that.
He struck out the side on nine pitches in the fifth inning and allowed just a bloop single down the right-field line and an infield single past the mound. Clement, who walked two, even received a standing ovation after striking out in the eighth.
Clement matched the low-hit game of his career, on May 28 last year against Pittsburgh. While Clement has pitched at least six innings and allowed three runs or fewer in his last seven starts, he is just 3-2 in that span.
“This was his best game,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. “He had it going on. We got the early runs from (Alou) and that’s all that Matt needed.”
It was Clement’s first shutout since a three-hitter against Arizona last Aug. 24 and his fourth complete game.
“He had a good slider and spotted it well, and we didn’t do a very good job of picking it up or laying off it,” said Jose Cruz Jr., who struck out twice.
Alou, playing against his father, Giants manager Felipe Alou, homered after watching a first-pitch fastball sail across the middle of the plate for a strike. When another fastball came on 0-2, Moises Alou didn’t let it go by.
“I’ve played against my dad many times, I’ve played for him many times. He knows that I’m dead red on the fastball first pitch,” Moises Alou said. “I was looking for something else, and he threw me the fastball down the middle, and I was kind of upset. He probably wanted to fool me on another fastball, and I was ready for it.”
Felipe Alou didn’t have an explanation for the pitch selection.
“He is an outstanding fastball hitter,” the manager said. “I just hope he doesn’t ask me why we threw a fastball at 0-2.”
After Grissom singled in the fourth, Clement walked Bonds and retired Benito Santiago on an inning-ending lineout.
San Francisco put runners on second and third in the seventh inning when third baseman Aramis Ramirez booted Santiago’s grounder for his 26th error of the season, the most in the major leagues, and Galarraga blooped a single. Clement then struck out Cruz and retired Edgardo Alfonzo on an inning-ending groundout.
Bonds, who entered with a .429 average and three homers against Clement,went hitless with two flyouts.
The Giants activated Santiago from the 15-day disabled list. C Alberto Castillo was put on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Sunday, with a bruised right wrist. Santiago, who was 0-for-4, was placed on the disabled list on July 17 with a dislocated left pinkie. Castillo’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Fresno on July 6. He was 3-for-10 with a home run and four RBIs. … Chicago has won just seven of 21 home games and is 25-27 overall at Wrigley Field. …The Cubs were shut out in each of Clement’s last two starts.