Rewind: Mets vs Giants, Game #2

Despite their recent struggles in the last few series the Giants know how to put a hurt on a team that is more than hurting. While Jason Schmidt (3-1, 3.06) tied his career high of 13 strikeouts, the Mets put another star on the emergency room table. He held the Mets in check even though Joe Nathan ultimately was credited with the win.

May 16, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 8 1
San Francisco 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 x 7 15 0

WP J. Nathan (5-1) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 2.02 ERA
LP D. Weathers (1-3) 2/3IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 0SO 0HR 3.65 ERA
S T. Worrell (12) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 1.59 ERA

Mike Piazza typified the Mets season by yanking a groin muscle after diving back from a high and tight upstairs fastball from Schmidt in a shaky first inning for the Giants starter. Even though the Mets put up another 2-spot in the first inning in as many nights, Schmidt kept his reputation for locking down on the opposing team intact.

Edgardo Alfonzo kept his surging comeback alive by homering off of starter Pedro Astacio (2-1, 6.75) in the second inning with Benito Santiago on base. He ended up with 4 RBI on the night when he doubled deep to right field, scoring Marquis Grissom and Rich Aurilia. Alfonzo has jacked his average to .245 in the last couple weeks by providing clutch hitting that scores runs.

The Mets answered in the third inning again when Vance Wilson poked a solo homer just over the lip of the 399 marker, just above Grissom's glove. Later, in the 7th, they pushed the contest to sweaty proportions when Raul Gonzalez hit a solo shot to center field off of a tiring Jason Schmidt. He had reached the 120-pitch marker by this point and had shown a chip in his pitching armor. Roberto Alomar then doubled, scoring Joe McEwing. The drive was topped when Vance Wilson singled to center off of Felix Rodriguez, scoring Alomar.

Benito Santiago was given the hook by big blue when he shot up and argued after the Mets tied the score. He was fried that the inning should have ended with a called strike 3 on the outside corner. Home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman had inconsistently called the pitch all night. Dreckman, like most umpires, took the show if disgust from the catcher in typical stride and tossed Santiago during the tirade.

In the bottom of the 8th catcher's replacement Yorvit Torrealba showed his clutch muscle by driving in the 2 go-ahead winning runs on a pitch by Mets reliever Dave Weathers (1-3, 3.65), after Aurilia and Bonds set the table with singles of their own.

Joe Nathan (5-1) shored up the 8th by shutting down the Mets. Tim Worrell gained his 12th save to close out the game.

SFDugout.com Player(s) of the Game: Let's see… Jason Schmidt for showing dominance into the late innings by not only mowing down 13 batters with strikeouts, but consistently pumping 95-96 MPH fastballs until Alou yanked him for Rodriguez in the 7th. Edgardo Alfonzo for piling-on timely RBI production. His detractors will be eating their fair weather words, come August. And, of course, Yorvit Torrealba staking his claim as a solid competitor on the club. Bobby Estalella who?

Jeremy Nunes writes game recaps for SFDugout.com. He also sits up late at night trying to find a way to become a clever sports writer. He can be praised or berated at jtnunes@yahoo.com


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