MILWAUKEE -- 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 pitching.
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 Jenkins.
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 walking none.
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 the game."
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 chance.
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 it.
But Bonds said before the game he doesn't worry about fan reaction, and he doesn't take baseball's party moratorium as a personal affront.
"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.