Rewind: Giants vs Dbacks, Game #3

With all of their offense coming off homeruns in the last game, the Giants turned in a contest without the long ball, and without Barry Bonds in their lineup. All-star hurler, Jason Schmidt, was aiming for his fourteenth win against a Dbacks team that's trying to stay afoot in the Wild Card race.

August 31, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
Arizona 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0

WP J. Schmidt (14-5) 8 1/3IP 7H 1R 1ER 1BB 6K 0HR 2.21 ERA
LP B. Webb (8-7) 7.0IP 4H 3R 3ER 2BB 11K 0HR 2.57 ERA
S T. Worrell (31) 2/3IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0K 0HR 2.31 ERA

Giant ace, Jason Schmidt, stepped on the mound against the Dbacks' rookie sensation, Brandon Webb, in game three of the four-game series in Arizona. With the roof closed, no Barry Bonds, and a small strike zone, the disappointed ESPN broadcast was on its way at the BOB.

The Giants jumped to an early lead as Webb walked Jeffrey Hammonds to start the second inning. Benito Santiago stepped to the plate to double him home for the first run of the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, Luis Gonzalez was walked thanks to the small strike zone of home plate umpire, Jerry Meals. Raul Mondesi continued his hot streak with the Dbacks as he blooped a single into shallow centerfield. Carlos Baerga singled to left field to drive in Gonzalez as the tying run of the game.

The Giants came right back in the fifth inning with a Jose Cruz, Jr. lead off single. A wild pitch thrown by Webb enabled Cruz to take second base. Edgardo Alfonzo proceeded to hit a double over the head of Gonzalez in left field that drove in Cruz for the go ahead run. Schmidt came to the plate to try to help his own cause with a sacrifice bunt. On the bunt, catcher Robby Hammock took a gamble and threw the ball to third base, where Alfonzo was called safe, and Schmidt arrived safely at first himself. Eric Young hit a soft dribbler in front of the plate to move Schmidt to second, and with one out and runners on second and third, Rich Aurilia stood at the plate.

Aurilia got under a 1-2 pitch and muscled a ball that was well below the strike zone into deep left field that was caught by Gonzalez, but it enabled Alfonzo to tag and score the third Giant run. Marquis Grissom extended the inning with an infield single, and with runners at the corners, Hammonds struck out to end the inning.

After the fifth, the possible Rookie of the Year winner shut the Giants down. Elmer Dessens came into relief for Webb in the eighth.

On the other side, Schmidt was smooth sailing in the game, and into the ninth inning, he gave up a one out double to Steve Finley. Not wanting to take any chances, Felipe Alou went to the team closer, Tim Worrell. Worrell came into the game and retired the next two batters for his thirty-first save of the season.

Game Notes: Barry Bonds was scratched five minutes before first pitch. He was taken to the hospital because he was showing symptoms of exhaustion. He will stay overnight at the hospital for more tests, but is expected to be back in the lineup for tomorrow's game... First baseman, J.T. Snow, is expected to come off the DL tomorrow. It is not decided whether or not he'll be in the lineup... The Giants are 4-2 on this road trip, and Tim Worrell has a save in all four wins.

SFDugout.com's Players of the Game: Jason Schmidt, hands down. This guy continues to dominate on the mound and continues to make everyone highly consider him for the Cy Young Award this season. When he's on the mound, the Giants feel like they HAVE to win because this amazing pitcher is just that good. Tim Worrell also came into the game for the fourth time in this road trip for a save. This guy is a breath of fresh air coming out of the bullpen for the Giants. Honorable mentions go to Edgardo Alfonzo, Benito Santiago, and Rich Aurilia for each collecting an RBI and for getting balls airborne against the tough low sliders of Brandon Webb.



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