Rewind: Marlins vs Giants, Game #1

And so it begins. The regular season is over and the postseason has begun. The Giants faced the Florida Marlins today and sent their ace, Jason Schmidt to the mound to start off the postseason.

September 30, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
San Francisco 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 x 2 3 2

WP J. Schmidt (1-0) 5.2IP 9H 3R 3ER 3BB 4SO 0HR 0.00 ERA
LP J. Beckett (0-1) 7.0IP 2H 1R 1ER 5BB 9SO HR 1.29 ERA

Jason Schmidt started off the postseason magnificently with a complete game shut out. Schmidt pitched nine innings, only allowing 3 hits and walking none. He struck out five and got his last fourteen batters out. He outlasted Marlins pitcher, Josh Beckett, who threw seven innings, giving up two hits, allowing one run, five walks and striking out nine.

The one run Beckett allowed came in the fourth. The Giants began their part of the inning with a walk drawn by Rich Aurilia and another by Barry Bonds. With runners on first and second with nobody out, Edgardo Alfonzo bunted to third. He was able to reach first, and advance the runners. Third baseman, Miguel Cabrera charged the ball and threw it to first, but his throw was off and headed to the bullpen giving Aurilia, who was at third, time to score. This was really the only run the Giants needed as Schmidt delivered a brilliant performance.

Yet, the Giants did tack on another run in the eighth. Chad Fox relieved Beckett. With two outs, Fox gave Bonds a free pass to first. Bonds was 0-1 with three walks in today's game. The Marlins clearly showed that they wanted no part of Bonds. However, Bonds showed that when he's on base, he's still a force to be reckoned with. As Fox was pitching to Alfonzo, Bonds stole second. Alfonzo then doubled into deep center field and drove in Bonds, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead. It was more than enough as the Giants won Game 1 of this series.'s Player of the Game: Jason Schmidt. What better way is there to start the postseason than with a complete game. He marked the Giants' 45th postseason complete game. The last was in 1987 NLCS vs St. Louis on October 10th from Mike Krukow.

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