Alfonzo's grand slam off
(10-8) in the top of the second inning staked Schmidt to a 4-0 lead. His previous grand slam came against
of the St. Louis Cardinals on August 14, 1997, when Alfonzo was a member of the
New York Mets
"He threw me a ball not in my particular spot and I was just able to get a good swing on it," Alfonzo said. "The pitch was down and in a bit."
Alfonzo drilled a 2-1 pitch into the left field bleachers, giving Schmidt (11-4) all the offense he needed. The early offense was a stark contrast to Tuesday, when the Giants managed just two hits against
"After last night's game, whenever you get a run, whether it's off Wood or Clement or whoever is throwing, it's great," Alfonzo added. "Kerry is one of the league's best pitchers."
"Woody pitched pretty good, but he just made that one mistake and it killed him," Cubs manager
said. "Schmidt is a tough pitcher, too."
After missing a turn due to tightness in his right forearm, Schmidt showed the form that made him the starting pitcher for the National League in the All-Star game. He allowed only two hits in six innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Schmidt, who combined with five relievers on a four-hitter, lost the no-hitter and shutout in the sixth when he surrendered a two-run homer to
"The first few innings he was very tough, then he got a little tired," Giants manager
said. "I think he hasn't had that many innings the last three weeks."
Schmidt has won three straight starts and six of his last seven decisions. He retired the first 12 batters and held the Cubs hitless for 5 1/3 innings.
led off the sixth with a walk and scored one out later on Lofton's homer.
"I felt kinda rusty," Schmidt said. "The first inning I was trying to get in that zone where you just see the glove and throw, then I finally settled in."
The Giants got back those runs on Galarraga's RBI double over the head of center fielder Lofton in the eighth and
's RBI single in the ninth.