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LP M. Mantei (4-3) 0.2IP 1H 2R 2ER 2BB 2SO 0HR 4.37 ERA
Thank God it wasn't déjà vu all over again. Two years ago, the day after Memorial Day, the Giants faced the Diamondbacks and lost in an 18-inning heartbreaker.
The Giants' ace, Jason Schmidt, took the mound today, trying to finally end the insanity of losses that plagued the Giants these past few weeks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent up Byung-Hung Kim, fresh off the disabled list.
Both Kim and Schmidt pitched well. Schmidt truly earned his title as ace of the team. In nine innings of work, Schmidt held the D'backs to only 2 runs on 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6.
The D'backs got a gift run in the second inning. After David Dellucci tripled, Schmidt threw a wild pitch, allowing Dellucci a free 90 feet and giving the D'backs a run.
They added to their lead on an Alex Cintron homer out to center field.
The Giants failed to score after squandering opportunity after opportunity inning after inning. They finally managed a run off Kim in the fifth when Jose Cruz, Jr. singled to lead off the inning. Schmidt moved him over to second, and Neifi Perez came through with a two-out RBI single to make it 2-1, Dbacks.
The next rally started in the eighth in the same fashion. Ray Durham, just activated from the 15-day DL yesterday, singled. Barry Bonds then did what Barry Bonds does like no other – he walked. After Santiago grounded out into a fielder's choice, JT Snow drove home the tying run by hitting a medium-deep fly ball to left field, scoring Ray Durham.
The game should have ended in the ninth. Schmidt pitched nine spectacular innings and in the bottom of the ninth, the Giants got another rally going in perhaps one of the craziest innings ever in the young history of Pacific Bell Park.
With one out, Andres Galarraga came up to pinch hit for Schmidt and reached when his "routine" grounder went right through the wickets of Tony Womack. Ruben Rivera then, ironically, came in to pinch run for Galarraga. Marquis Grissom then hit a searing fly ball out to right-center that right fielder David Decllucci simply missed. As Rivera ran past second, he thought Dellucci caught the fly ball and ran back, tagging second and heading to first. On his way back to first, he almost ran into Grissom who then yelled at Rivera to head on over to third. Rivera then cut across the infield grass, running toward third. At the same time, Dellucci had tracked the ball down and was relaying it in to third base. Rivera was out by a mile, but Cintron booted the ball out toward short. Despite Glynn yelling at him to stay at third, Rivera then tried to compensate for his baserunning errors by making another blunder: heading home. Shortstop Tony Womack threw Rivera out by a mile. Instead of having one out and men on second and third, it was two outs, man on third. Perez then struck out to send the game into extra innings.
Inning after inning, the Arizona Diamondbacks practically gave the Giants the game, but the Giants refused to take up on their offers. In the bottom of the 12th, the Giants had men on first and third, no outs, and failed to score.
It finally looked like luck ran out on the Giants when in the top of the 13th the Dbacks offense which had been dormant for nine innings came out of hibernation. With one out, Steve Finley dumped a little Texas Leaguer into center field, just out of the reach of the middle infielders. Matt Williams then hurt his old team by hitting a two-out double off reliever Felix Rodriguez, allowing Finley to score the go-ahead run.
Ah, but once again, 13 was a lucky number for the Giants. After Snow struck out, Rich Aurilia – pinch hitting for Felix Rodriguez – walked. After Cruz followed that with another strike out, Pedro Feliz followed Aurilia's example and walked. Marquis Grissom, the Giants' last hope, did not let his team down. Grissom hit a deep fly ball that went just out of the reach of Dellucci in right field, scoring both Aurilia and Feliz, the tying and winning runs.
SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Grissom, obviously for hitting fly balls to right field that should have ended the game on both counts. And then again later for sticking up for his teammate in a post game interview. Kudos also to Rich Aurilia and Pedro Feliz for their awesome at bats in the bottom of the 13th. And who can forget Jason Schmidt? On any other day, Schmidt has a CG win, but today, it was not to be. Great performance anyway, Schmidtty!
SFDugout.com's CHUMP of the Game: I'm sorry, but today it was just too pathetic. Ruben Rivera – his baserunning was just unacceptable. To quote Jon Miller, "It was the worst baserunning in the history of baseball!" He literally cost Schmidt the win and should be fined for his huge mental errors.
Michelle Lo, also known as the Armchair Manager, writes recaps and other miscellaneous articles and designs some of the graphics at SFDugout.com. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org