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LP S. Chacon (11-5) 4 1/3IP 4H 4R 4ER 3BB 6SO 2HR 4.43 ERA
This was the first start for Giant ace, Jason Schmidt, since his start in the All-Star game. The Rockies counter with their own ace, an eleven game winner, Shawn Chacon.
The Rockies jumped on Schmidt in the second inning as Jay Payton slammed a double that was followed by a Chris Johnson walk. Chacon doubled down the third baseline, which was barely fair, to knock in the first two runs of the game.
The Giants came right back in the second inning with some help from Chacon. He led off the inning by walking Barry Bonds and Jose Cruz, Jr. After Rich Aurilia popped out, Edgardo Alfonzo singled to right field to drive in Bonds. With one out, Yorvit Torrealba hit a soft grounder to force Alfonzo out at second, but Cruz scored the tying run on the play.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the fourth, where Bonds waved bye-bye to his thirty-first jack of the season into right center field, putting the Giants ahead, 2-3.
Torrealba showed off his own power in the fifth inning by hitting a roundtripper himself, which became his third career pop.
After pitching for five innings and having two strikes on Preston Wilson, Schmidt was taken out of the game by the trainers. It was later learned that Schmidt had tightness in his right forearm and will be further evaluated tomorrow. He was replaced by Matt Herges, who ended the inning on another double play ball, his third already as a Giant.
Colorado mounted a small comeback in the seventh as Mark Sweeney doubled and scored on a Tony Womack single. Womack was making his debut as a Rocky in today's start.
The Giants padded their lead in the eighth as J.T. Snow led off with a double. Marquis Grissom followed that with a double of his own down the first baseline to knock in Snow. Bonds singled into the hole in left field, but Payton, who was playing left field, threw Grissom at home.
The Rockies came up empty for the rest of the game as Tim Worrell entered in the ninth to get his twenty-first save of the season with two strikeouts, one hit, and a deep flyout to end the game. This was the Giants' 60th win this season.
Game Notes: Rookie Jesse Foppert will be called back up from the minors to start in tomorrow's finale game against the Rockies. Jerome Williams was scheduled to start, but because of his outstanding performance against the Dbacks last week, Alou wants him to start against Arizona in the upcoming homestand. The Giants are 15-4 this season in games that Schmidt has started.
SFDugout.com's Players of the Game: Yorvit Torrealba had a hand in two of the Giants' five runs, which proved to be the difference in the game. He also gave himself a birthday present today by jacking his career third into the stands, and made a key defensive play by throwing out Womack who was trying to steal to end the inning and possible threat by the Rockies. The Giants bullpen also did an excellent job in containing the Rockies as their ace had to leave the game in an emergency.
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