Rewind: Giants vs Dbacks, Game #3

Coming into the third and final game of their first season series with the Arizona Diamondbacks tied 1-1, the San Francisco Giants looked to take the rubbermatch in hitter-friendly Bank One Ballpark.

May 21, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 6 9 0
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

WP J. Schmidt (4-1) 9IP 4H 0R 0ER 0BB 8K 0HR 2.61 ERA
LP M. Batista (3-3) 6IP 7H 5R 5ER 2BB 0K 1HR 3.24 ERA

The Giants took advantage of the ballpark and a couple of mistakes by Arizona starter Miguel Batista, scoring five runs in as many innings off the right-hander. After putting up zeroes in each of the first two innings, Batista gave up a leadoff double to Neifi Perez in the third. Jason Schmidt's failure to bunt Perez over to third was quickly forgotten, as Marquis Grissom drove a 1-1 pitch from Batista 420 feet back into the stands in left center for a two-run homer. Batista came back with another zero in the fourth, but the fifth brought more trouble for the six-year veteran. For the second time in the game, Perez led off an inning with a double, and Schmidt redeemed himself with a successful sacrifice bunt. Batista then issued consecutive walks to Grissom and Rich Aurilia, bringing Barry Bonds to the plate with the bases loaded and nobody out. Bonds lined the first pitch he saw into center field, where it dropped in front of Arizona center fielder Steve Finley and then took a bad hop over his head, rolling to the wall. The bases cleared, making the score 5-0 in favor of San Francisco. The Giants tacked on one more run in the seventh inning off of righty reliever Scott Service, as Grissom came up with his second round-tripper of the game and the seventh multi-homer game of his career.

Six runs proved to be much more than enough to back San Francisco starting pitcher Jason Schmidt, who picked up a much-deserved fifth win by hurling his second complete game shutout of 2003. He needed 119 pitches to get through 31 batters, giving up just four hits while walking none. Schmidt did not pick up a strikeout until the fifth inning, but struck out eight of the last sixteen batters he faced to place himself third in the National League in that category. He also gave the Giant bullpen some much-needed rest before heading to Denver's Coors Field, the only ballpark in the majors more offense-inspiring than the BOB.

Game Notes: Barry Bonds was injured in the seventh inning, rolling his right ankle on the first base bag while running out a ground ball. He is currently listed as day-to-day.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Jason Schmidt. Schmidt has begun to establish himself as one of the National League's top pitchers. He dominated the Diamondbacks for nine full and lowered his ERA to 2.61. Opposing hitters are batting just above the Mendoza line against Schmidt at a .203 clip, and he also lowered his WHIP, which now stands at a weak 1.02. Marquis Grissom and Barry Bonds also deserve nods, driving in three runs apiece in the Giants' 6-0 victory.

Stephanie Moy is a diehard Giants fan, born and raised in San Francisco. She loves hearing feedback - good, bad, or otherwise - so if you're so obliged, contact her at a_hole_in_the_bucket@hotmail.com


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