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Clement on short end of duel
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05/18/2004 11:00 PM ET 
Clement on short end of duel
Right-hander allows one run as Cubs shut out

Catcher Michael Barrett, who had the Cubs' only hit, talks with starter Matt Clement. (Brian Kersey/AP)

CHICAGO -- It was deja vu all over again for Matt Clement, who was convinced again that he could not get a hit off Jason Schmidt. Neither could his Chicago Cubs teammates.

On April 30, 2003, Clement lost to Schmidt as the San Francisco pitcher struck out 12 in a 5-0 victory over the Cubs. On Tuesday, Schmidt topped that with a personal-best one-hitter to outduel Clement and lift the Giants to a 1-0 win, ending the Cubs' winning streak at four games.

"I guess the only difference this year was I kept the game close," Clement said. "He just threw an outstanding game. You tip your cap to him. I know I had no chance of hitting off him."

The heralded Sammy Sosa-Barry Bonds showdown didn't happen because Sosa was hospitalized with a lower back strain. He'll be sidelined at least two weeks, joining a long list of injured Cubs.

   Sammy Sosa  /   RF
Born: 11/12/68
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

"No matter what happens," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said, "we still have to play and find a way."

"We can't replace Sammy Sosa," Cubs center fielder Corey Patterson said. "Every team is going to have a little adversity every year. You have to pull together and get it together mentally. The guys here, they know what they have to do. We just have to stick with it and we'll be fine."

"Injuries are part of the game and we dealt with them last year," Clement said. "Corey got hurt in the middle of the season and was one of the hottest players in baseball and we were able to overcome that. This team knows what it has to do and we were able to go out there and play."

Baker used Todd Hollandsworth in the No. 3 spot, and Moises Alou batted fourth. The Cubs manager said he'll mix and match, depending on matchups.

"You have no choice," Baker said about losing Sosa. "I'm just glad it wasn't worse."

Clement (5-3) took the loss, his first in five starts at Wrigley Field. The right-hander gave up five hits -- including two singles by Schmidt -- and two walks over eight innings. He retired 10 in a row at one point and struck out six.

Schmidt (4-2) matched his career high in strikeouts with 13 in his first complete game of the season. He's been tough on the Cubs. Last year, Schmidt totaled 19 K's in two starts against Chicago, both wins, and allowed two runs over 15 innings.

"It was Schmitty's night and he was throwing as good as I've seen him," Baker said. "When he's on, he's as tough as anybody in this league, in either league. I just thought we were going to get to him tonight. I knew we weren't going to do it with the home run."

Bonds proved that in the second inning when he led off with a fly ball to the warning track in center.

"That was a home run any other night," Baker said. "You knew you were going to have to get some hits because [Schmidt] wasn't going to walk anybody. This guy is tough."

Michael Barrett notched the only hit off the Giants right-hander with two out in the fifth, an infield knock that bounced just past the third-base bag. Barrett beat a throw by Edgardo Alfonzo.

The last time a pitcher threw a one-hitter against the Cubs was April 26, 2002, when Odalis Perez did so for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Patterson got the lone hit in that game in the seventh. Schmidt's previous low-hit best was a three-hitter, accomplished twice.

   Matt Clement  /   P
Born: 08/12/74
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

The Giants' ace threw 144 pitches -- which was nearly as amazing as Randy Johnson throwing a perfect game, which the Arizona lefty did against Atlanta on Tuesday.

"One-hundred forty-four pitches -- that blows me away," Clement said. "I'd have to miss a couple starts if I did that. He's unbelievable. The stuff he has, throwing in the high 90s and having command of a changeup that you can use late in the count, you're going to be pretty successful.

"I can't hit at all," Clement said, "and seeing that stuff up there, I knew it was going to be a tough night. He threw a heck of a game."

Bonds went 0-for-2, including that long flyout, and walked twice. He led off the Giants' fourth with a walk, advanced on a groundout and scored on Pedro Feliz's single.

"Anytime you face him, the adrenaline gets going," Clement said of Bonds. "You're facing the greatest hitter of all time probably. You just try to be aggressive."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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