Rewind: Giants vs Dodgers, Game #3

The Giants were in a 3 game losing streak, their momentum was down, and the team was tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the lead in the NL West. The Giants wanted to avoid moving down a spot and being swept by the Dodgers. They send Jason Schmidt to the mound, in hopes that he will be the stopper to the Dodgers 8 game-winning streak and bring some life to the team.

June 19, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 6 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

WP J. Schmidt (6-3) 9IP 3H 0R 0ER 2BB 11K 0HR 2.43 ERA
LP O. Perez (4-5) 7IP 5H 2R 2ER 2BB 4K 2HR 4.53 ERA

Right-handed pitcher, Jason Schmidt delivered an awesome performance in tonight's game, as he pitched 9 scoreless innings, giving up three hits, two walks and striking out eleven.

The Dodgers did have a couple opportunities. One occurred in the first innings, when Dave Roberts got the first hit of the game, and stole second with Paul Lo Duca in the batter's box. Lo Duca, who had a 25-game hitting streak going into tonight's game, drew a walk bringing up Shawn Green. Against Schmidt, Green is 10-14 lifetime, however these days, Dodger fans are still waiting for Green to get hot. So, with runners on second and first, Green grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, moving Roberts over to third. Schmidt safely got out of the inning when Brian Jordan grounded out to second baseman, Ray Durham.

The second chance they had was in the bottom of the sixth. With two out and one on, Jordan singled to right, sending Green to second. Yet again, the Dodgers couldn't drive in a run, as Daryle Ward grounded out and Schmidt safely got out of the inning.

The Giants managed to get some runners on base, but failed to bring them in, something they have had trouble with the majority of the season. The only runs of the game came from the bats of Benito Santiago and Andres Galarraga, both of which were home runs off of Dodger's starting pitcher, Odalis Perez. In the top of the fourth, with no one on base, Santiago hit his 10th homerun of the season out to centerfield, the hardest spot to hit a homer to. The other jack was hit to left, in the top of the seventh by The Big Cat. These two runs would be enough for the Giants, as Schmidt continued to shut out the Dodgers.

As the game progressed, Schmidt was in the zone, never taking his eye off the target. Even with his pitch count rising to 120 (127 at the end of the night, with 92 of the pitches being strikes), he still had the stuff to strike out the side. Not only did Schmidt shut out the Dodgers, but he also prevented Paul Lo Duca's 25-game hitting streak from reaching 26.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Now that is a tough one. Oh maybe, Jason Schmidt?! He put an end to the Dodger's winning streak, Paul Lo Duca's hitting streak, and kept the Giants in the lead in the NL West. Also, giving Giants fans something to cheer for, as the last three losses were tough. On another note, Happy Birthday to Giants announcer Duane Kuiper! Nothing like a Giants win (especially a complete game shut out) on your birthday.



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