Rewind: Braves vs Giants, Game #3

Sluggers Chipper Jones and Javy Lopez were out of the lineup for Atlanta, and the Giants had Jason Schmidt on the mound. It was a perfect situation for the Giants to go for the sweep. Even with a three run lead, faith would have it no other way for this series but to make this series more special.

August 21, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 6 1
San Francisco 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 1

WP F. Rodriguez (7-2) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 0K 0HR 3.51 ERA
LP T. Hodges (3-2) 1/3IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K 1HR 4.23 ERA

Horacio Ramirez of the Braves has not won a game since July 7th. He went up against the ace of the Giants, Jason Schmidt. The Giants were hoping to get the Schmidt they know and not the Schmidt who pitched against the Expos last week.

The Giants continued their little ball play as Ramirez gave Benito Santiago a two-out walk by. Edgardo Alfonzo singled down the left field line, which brought Santiago to third. Jose Cruz, Jr. hit a solid single to right field that scored Santiago as the first run of the game.

The Giants didn't want another one run game. They added to their lead in the fourth as Barry Bonds led off the inning with a walk. Andres Galarraga singled up the middle and Alfonzo doubled to the left field corner to drive in Bonds, and Galarraga also scored all 42 years of himself from first base for the Giants' third run.

The Giants were nicely set up in the fifth to score more as Eric Young and Rich Aurilia led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Marquis Grissom flied out and Bonds was walked again to load the bases, but Galarraga popped out and Santiago grounded out to end the inning and potential threat.

Meanwhile, Schmidt was on his way to an eight inning, four hit shut out. He impressively struck out the side on ten pitches in the sixth inning, and had seven strikeouts total in the game.

Closer Tim Worrell came into the ninth to try to close out the game. He gave up a base hit to Rafael Furcal, and Mark DeRosa reached on an error by Aurilia. Worrell walked Gary Sheffield on four pitches, and Andruw Jones doubled down the third baseline to score Furcal and DeRosa. Robert Fick was walked to set up the possible double play and Vinny Castilla flied out where Sheffield tagged and scored the tying run. Darren Bragg lined into a double play by Galarraga to end the inning.

The Giants were quietly retired in the ninth, and we were going to extra innings again, ladies and gentlemen.

Felix Rodriguez came into the tenth and got into a little jam, but was able to get out of it without allowing anymore runs.

Grissom struck out, but Atlanta decided to challenge Bonds... Afterall, who would hit two walk off homers in a three game series? Bonds would. He launched a ball into the centerfield bleachers that swept the Braves out of Pac Bell Park.

Game Notes: The Giants have not swept the Braves since 1991 back at Candlestick Park... Gary Sheffield's twenty-four game hitting streak was broken today... Jesse Foppert was placed on the 15-day DL today. The Giants called back Todd Linden to fill in for Foppert's roster spot.

SFDugout.com's Players of the Game: Jason Schmidt pitched a beautiful eight innings, despite not getting the win. Edgardo Alfonzo continues to be an offensive weapon with two RBIs on a double, and where would the Giants be without Jose Cruz, Jr. in right field? He made impressive defensive stops, including one in the tenth that may have saved the game. He also had one RBI. Oh, and let's not forget what's his name... Barry Bonds.



Sara Kwan was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She currently writes game recaps, other articles, and is the Giant Prophet for SFDugout.com. Any comments or questions about the article, baseball, or the meaning of life can be sent to Sara at kwanchino@alpha-q.net

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