SAN FRANCISCO — For the Diamondbacks, still shaking off the jet lag from a cross-country flight the day before, Tuesday’s series opener at SBC Park seemed to have all the enjoyment of a December dip in McCovey Cove.
The San Francisco Giants rode Jason Schmidt’s solid pitching and home runs by Edgardo Alfonzo and Barry Bonds — career No. 669 for him — to a 4-1 victory.
Luis Gonzalez, in fact, was having such a bad time that he left early. Called out on a borderline strike from reliever Jason Christiansen in the ninth inning, Arizona’s left fielder, who went 0-for-4, argued and was ejected by home-plate umpire Doug Eddings.
“It’s a 4-1 game, and I’m just up there trying to make something happen,” said Gonzalez, who has four hits in 31 at-bats on the D-Backs’ road trip. “I didn’t like the pitch, but I know the umpire has a job to do. It happens. It was a mild disagreement, and we’ll all come back again (today).”
Later, Gonzalez told reporters, “Sorry, no controversy. It’s not my style.”
However, there was a dispute on Bonds’ homer, which came against Casey Fossum in the sixth inning. The towering ball to deep center field had the majesty of a typical Bonds blast — but in the D-Backs’ eyes, it fell short.
Manager Bob Brenly, center fielder Steve Finley and Gonzalez insisted a fan’s glove touched the ball over the warning track, but the call of second base umpire Charlie Reliford stood.
“No question — it was a ball off the wall at best,” Brenly said. “I watched the replay many times, and I know that’s easy to do, look at a replay. But we’ve seen that here repeatedly, fans reaching over that outfield fence to interfere with play.”
In 5 innings, Fossum allowed seven hits and four runs, two of them on Alfonzo’s first-inning home run off the left-field foul pole. Infielder Neifi Perez had a two-out RBI single in the fifth.
“I made three mistakes and paid for them,” Fossum said. “You wish you could have those pitches back, but it’s something I can learn from. I feel like I threw well and kept us in the game.”
Schmidt, who allowed four hits and a run in eight-plus innings, improved to 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his last six starts.