Juan Pierre robbed Barry Bonds of home run No. 714 Tuesday night at AT&T Park, but he couldn't stop the Cubs from extending their losing streak to eight games.
"I know I probably ruined [the night] for about 40,000 people, but it's just a tough time for us, personally and as a team," Pierre said.
The Cubs lost 6-1 to the Giants for their 10th loss in their last 11 games, while Bonds went 1-for-4 with a walk. He will have to wait at least one more day to tie Babe Ruth for second place behind Hank Aaron on the all-time home-run list.
The raucous crowd of 39,357 assumed they were eyewitnesses to history when Bonds took a 3-2 pitch from Rich Hill in the fifth inning and launched it to straightaway center. But Pierre went back to the wall and hauled it in over the fence to prevent a two-run homer.
"You can see I'm one for my last [22 at-bats]," Pierre said. "So if I'm not getting any hits, no one's getting any my way."
Despite the notoriety, Pierre said he wouldn't be telling his grandchildren one day about robbing Bonds.
"Right now I'm not really thinking about it because it's a tough time for us," he said. "I know a lot of y'all don't believe it, but our goal here is to win the World Series, and we haven't been playing well."
The catch was the only highlight for the Cubs. Over their last 11 games, they have scored a total of 13 runs, an average of 1.2 per game, and are hitting .216.
"It has been the same story," manager Dusty Baker said. "We'll keep trying different stuff. I've talked to 'em. I've done everything I can."
Hill (0-2) allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings, while right-hander Jason Schmidt (3-2) shut down the Cubs on one run and five hits in a complete-game performance.
Before the game, Baker suggested criticism over his managing during a losing streak should be balanced by praise when the Cubs are doing well.
"All I'll say is, if I ain't doing a good enough job when it's going bad, then you have to give me props when things are going good too," he said. "Am I doing a good enough job? Well, sometimes your best just ain't good enough."
Good enough for whom?
"For a lot of people," Baker replied. "All you can do is be satisfied and do the best job you can do. You don't think I haven't turned over pieces of paper and bushes and everything to try and figure this out? All of a sudden in seven [losses], you've gone from pretty good to bad again? I don't think so.
"That kind of affected me last year. I ain't going down that road ever again. That's why last year was good for me. It makes you deal with [criticism]."
Baker has tried to keep his team's spirits high during the losing streak and spoke to his players in the clubhouse Monday night in San Diego after their seventh straight loss.
The Cubs are 5-13 since Derrek Lee went on the disabled list with a broken wrist, hitting .219 without Lee and averaging only 2.4 runs per game.
"When a team is not doing well, it makes it tougher because you want to go out there and help," Lee said. "But every season I think we go through tough times. I hope we bounce out of it this series."
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