Rewind: Giants vs Padres, Game #2

The Giants had a five-game lead over Arizona coming into tonight's game. The Dodgers were six and a half back. San Francisco was brining out their ace, Jason Schmidt, author of three consecutive complete games.

July 5, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
San Diego 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 x 5 8 0

WP K. Jarvis (1-6) 7.1IP 3H 2R 2ER 4BB 4K 0HR 5.22 ERA
LP J. Schmidt (8-4) 7IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 9K 0HR 2.30 ERA
S R. Beck (7) 1IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K 0HR 2.77 ERA

Both teams went down in order in the first inning, but the Padres did something much different in the bottom of the second. It started with a Sean Burroughs single up the middle, and then Gary Matthews Jr. beat by a very thin margin to get an infield hit. Brian Buchanan hit a line-drive single to left, but no one scored, so the bases were loaded with no one out. Miguel Ojeda stood at the plate. However, Jason Schmidt got almost the ideal ending. Ojeda hit a grounder to third. Edgardo Alfonzo stepped on the bag and threw over to first. Two down. Burroughs in, making the score 1-0.

With one out in the top of the fourth, Marquis Grissom blasted a double to deep right. The Padres intentionally walked Bonds to give themselves the chance for an inning-ending double play. With two outs, Rich Aurilia doubled to right-center to drive both Grissom and Bonds in and to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.

The Padres replied quickly in the bottom of the fourth, Burroughs walked with one out, and Matthews Jr grounded out to move him up a base. Buchanan got his second hit, a triple, to drive in Burroughs and tie the game at 2.

The game remained quiet until the bottom of the sixth, when Mark Loretta lead off with a single. Schmidt was able to get out the next two batters, but he walked Sean Burroughs. Consecutive singles by Buchanan and Ojeda gave the Padres a 4-2 lead.

Jason Christiansen took over the Giants ship for the 8th inning, and with two outs, Ojeda hit a blast to give the Padres a 5-2 lead.

The Giants had a chance to tie in the top of the ninth. With two runners on and one out, Bonds was up. However, he struck out and Jose Cruz Jr. grounded out to first to end the game.'s Player of the Game: Rich Aurilia. He drove in both of the Giants runs with a nice double. Perhaps that is a sign that he is heating up and becoming the man we remember from 2001.

Jesse Radin writes for 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

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