Rewind: Giants vs Padres, Game #2

Everyone was so excited at the prospect of speedy new players entering the Giants lineup. Couldn't wait for the sacrifice bunts and the stolen bases. No more homeruns for these players, just 'small ball' baseball. No indeed. <P> Apparently you can't take the pop out of the Giants.

April 1, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 3 1 8 10 0
San Diego 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0

WP - J Schmidt 7.2IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K 0HR 1.17 ERA
LP - A Eaton 6.0IP 4H 4R 4ER 2BB 3K 2HR 6.00 ERA

The Giants crushed the Padres today 8-1 following an outstanding pitching performance by Jason Schmidt. Only 1 run off a total of 4 hits with 1 walk marred Schmidt's 7 inning game. His fastball and breaking ball were on fire tonight, blowing by batters for 7 strikeouts.

But really, onto the powerful bats that swung in todays game. The game really started in the top of the second when Benito Santiago, who's slow spring has seemed to have absolutely no bearing on his seasonal play, sent a rocket to the stands with no one on base.

The fourth inning saw the Giants scoring 3 runs, one on a single shot by Jose Cruz Jr. This was followed by a double from Rich Aurilia, a not-quite-intentional walk for Barry Bonds and then, a double by Edgardo Alfonzo to clear his two teammates from the bases.

The eighth inning saw what every Giant fan has been waiting for: Barry rocketed the ball to the scoreboard in right field to clear the bases and score 3 runs off of poor Mike Bynum's era to 20.25. In the bottom of the eighth, a double by Ramon Vasquez sent Gary Bennett in to add the only run to the Padres' score total and to end the night for Jason Schmidt.

Just to top it off, Ray Durham, proving his mettle as a leadoff hitter topped off the evening by smashing a ball over newcomer Xavier Nady's head to make the score 8-1.

Zerbe closed the game tonight, pitching a lovely 1-2-3 9th inning.

If this is the new Giants, I think San Francisco will be just fine.

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