Schmidt leads Giants over Cubs

The Giants have been struggling with offense this spring, stranding base runners and being unable to capitalize on opportunities. There was an uncomfortable flashback to last season, until they broke out with eleven runs against the Cubs, where almost everything went right for Jason Schmidt.

Being winless this spring, Jason Schmidt took the mound in hopes of fine-tuning himself back into a Cy Young competitor. The Chicago Cubs sent Matt Clement to counter Schmidt.

The Cubs started the game early with three quick runs off Schmidt. Todd Walker led off with a double in the first and came around to score when Moise Alou singled. In the second, Trenidad Hubbard singled and was knocked in by Michael Barrett for another run. Scott McClain jacked his third roundtripper of this spring in the third for the Cubs' last run of the game.

For the Giants, in the second inning, Doug Clark singled and Jamie Athas doubled. Then, Schmidt, who has a lifetime batting average of .095, took matters into his own hands as he singled to knock in the Giants' first two runs. Marquis Grissom had a stand-up double with two runners on, Schmidt and Jason Ellison, to put the Giants ahead for good.

However, the third inning was the biggest for the Giants, and for Schmidt. With the bases jammed with Giants, Schmidt sent a hot potato over the outfield fence for a grand slam. Grissom collected two more RBIs with another double to give the Giants' their sixth run of the inning.

March 14, 2004 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago Cubs 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 0
San Francisco Giants 0 4 5 0 0 0 0 1 x 11 17 0

WP Jason Schmidt(1-2), LP Matt Clement(0-2)

Another game was being played by another Giants' squad in Tucson against the Chicago White Sox. However, this game has less offense, and was much closer than the game against the Cubs. In the end, the Giants did not have enough offense to overcome the White Sox.

Jerome Williams started for the Giants against the White Sox's Jon Garland. Jon Crede and Sandy Alomar both had solo shots to give the White Sox their two runs. Francisco Santos brought in the Giants' only run in the second inning with a single.

March 14, 2004 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 2
Chi White Sox 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 2 3 0

WP Jon Garland(2-0), LP Jerome Williams (0-3), S Mike Jackson (1)

Notes: Barry Bonds was still not in the lineup today, but is expected back on Tuesday. Bonds does not want to sit out Monday's contest because of injury, but because Monday will be the birthday of his recently deceased father, Bobby Bonds... Ray Durham was also out, but is expected to be ready on Monday... Doug Clark sprained his right ankle and will be out for Monday's game.



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