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LP J. Schmidt (4-2) 7IP 7H 2R 2ER 1BB 9SO 1HR 2.54 ERA
S J. Jimenez (12) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 5.96 ERA
Jason Schmidt looked to continue his dominance for the first time over the Rockies this season, coming into this game with a 2-0 record against the Rockies in his last two outings, giving up only one earned run in fifteen innings. He goes against Shawn Chacon, the Rockies' best pitcher and last hope to avoid humiliation at Pac Bell.
Colorado's Greg Norton wasted no time against Schmidt as he jacked his first homerun of the season over the center field wall in the top of the first inning to give the Rockies a 1-0 advantage.
The Rockies didn't seem to be able to keep the lead for any set period of time at Pac Bell Park as the Giants came back in the bottom of the first. Things were looking easy for Chacon as he got the first two batters out for San Francisco without any trouble. Going 2-17 lifetime against Chacon, Rich Aurilia came up and smacked a standup double down the line, collecting a hit in his sixth consecutive game and eleventh double for the season. Barry Bonds swung at the first pitch of the night he saw from Chacon to follow Aurilia's double with a single of his own, driving Aurilia home and tying the game at 1-1.
In the bottom of the third, the Giants had an opportunity to break the lead. Marquis Grissom singled and Chacon walked Ray Durham on four pitches. After a wild pitch was missed by catcher, Bobby Estalella, and hit the home plate umpire, Grissom and Durham were able to advance a base, eliminating the ground ball double play. Aurilia struck out and Bonds was intentionally walked to load the bases for the Giants' leading RBI man, Benito Santiago. After fighting off many pitches, Santiago was robbed of a base hit by Rockies' shortstop Jose Hernandez, who dove towards the third base foul line to make a spectacular inning ending catch, which proved to save the game for the Rockies.
In the top of the fourth, the Rockies mirrored the Giants with a single by Preston Wilson and a walk to Larry Walker, but unlike the Giants, the Rockies were able to take advantage. Hernandez sent his second double to right field where Jose Cruz, Jr. was undecided in what he wanted to do, leaving Walker at third and Hernandez at second while Wilson scored to break the tie.
In the bottom of the fourth, J.T. Snow gathered an infield hit as the Rockies' defense lacked communication. Four Colorado infielders were under Snow's pop up, only to watch it land to the right of the mound with Snow arriving safely on first base. Edgardo Alfonzo was walked and with no outs, Cruz hit a deep fly out to enable Snow to advance to third base. Schmidt, who led the team with 5 sacrifice bunts, laid one down for Alfonzo to go to second. With two outs, Grissom struck out to end the inning for the frustrated Giants who were unable to capitalize on their opportunities for the second time of the night.
Scott Eyre came into the game in relief of Schmidt in the top of the eighth. Schmidt gave up two runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts and one walk. Eyre gave up a single to Greg Norton, and then on a wild pitch, Eyre enabled Norton to advance to second base. Todd Helton hit a hard ground ball to first base where Norton was able to move to third on the out at first. With one out, Preston Wilson hit a deep fly out where Norton was able to score, padding the Rockies lead to 3-1.
Joe Nathan relieved Eyre in the top of the ninth inning. Nathan walked Estalella and pinch hitter Jay Payton hit a two-out double into the left field corner to enable Estalella to score, giving the Rockies a 4-1 edge.
Jose Jimenez came into the game to retire the last three batters for the Giants, ending the Giants' 5 game winning streak and saving some face for the Rockies in San Francisco.
The Giants left eight men on base and had many opportunities with less than two outs, but could not cash in on their chances. Chacon also gets credit for pitching a good game against the Giants. He has always performed well at Pac Bell, giving up only three runs in thirty-four innings. San Francisco still took the series three games out of four.
SFDugout.com‘s Players of the Game: Jason Schmidt pitched another beautiful game, gaining the second place for NL pitcher strikeouts just behind Chicago's Kerry Wood. Rich Aurilia and Barry Bonds combined to give the Giants their only run of the night. There were also some awesome defensive plays by Jose Cruz, Jr., Marquis Grissom, and Bonds, who each made a catch at the wall to prevent the Rockies from scoring more. Aurilia made a leaping catch to go with Edgardo Alfonzo's line drive catch.
Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps and other articles for SFDugout.com. Sara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org