Rewind: Giants vs Cardinals, Game #1

The Giants had a solid three-game lead over the second-place Dodgers, yet the Diamondbacks had won eleven straight games and were just four games out. The Giants were hoping Jason Schmidt would provide them with another stellar start.

June 30, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 5 10 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 2

WP J. Schmidt (8-3) 9IP 7H 1R 1ER 1BB 5SO 1HR 2.14 ERA
LP D. Haren (0-1) 3IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 7.41 ERA

The Giants took control quickly in the top of the first. With one out, Neifi Perez and Marquis Grissom hit back-to-back doubles to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Bonds hit a deep fly to left to move Grissom to third, but he was stranded there.

While Danny Haren kept the Giants from scoring until the top of the fourth, it was clear that he wasn't fooling them. He only struck out one batter, and many of the outs he got were from deep fly balls. Jason Schmidt kept the Cardinals from scoring and the Giants held onto their slim lead.

In the top of the fourth, the Giants added some insurance. Benito Santiago and Pedro Feliz hit consecutive singles to lead the charge. This brought up Jose Cruz. Jr. Cruz hit a drive to left-center, and Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds got to it but could not catch it. Santiago and Feliz both scored, and Alfonzo added to the total with a single through a drawn-in infield.

The game remained 4-0 until the top of the seventh, where Grissom hit a double to left center and was driven in on a Barry Bonds single.

Schmidt kept pitching into the 9th inning, and the first batter he faced ruined the shutout. Edmonds hit a blast to center to give the Cardinals their first and only run. Schmidt pitched a complete game, but did not get a shutout. The home run he gave up to Edmonds ended his streak of 23 innings without giving up a run.

SFDugout.com Player of the Game: Jason Schmidt. Another masterpiece. What an amazing pitcher. He's even better than his record shows. An honorable mention goes to Edgardo Alfonzo. He got three hits, and brought his average up to .228. Maybe he is out of his slump?



Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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