Rewind: Dodgers vs Giants, Game #1

The Dodgers were in town, Jason Schmidt was making his first start of the season, and Barry Bonds was back in the lineup to continue making history. It should have been one of the most exciting times for Giants' fans, but the 42,000 fans sitting in SBC Park were disappointed with the first few frames of the game until another late-inning rally seemed to maybe keep them alive.

It was only fitting for Jason Schmidt to make his 2004 debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and fitting for the Dodgers to counter Schmidt with Odalis Perez, who was 1-5 lifetime against the Giants coming into today's game.

The Dodgers got on the board early in the first as leadoff hitter, Dave Roberts, drew a walk from Schmidt. Cesar Izturis sacrificed Roberts to second, where Roberts then proceeded to steal third. Milton Bradley grounded out, but Roberts scored the first run of the game on the play.

With the Giants still down by one, the Dodgers repeated an almost identical inning in the sixth as the first. Roberts got on board with a single, and advanced to third on Izturis' base hit. Bradley hit an infield force out, and Roberts scored the Dodgers' second run on the play.

In the ninth, with Schmidt out of the game for Jim Brower, you guessed it. Roberts led off the inning with a walk, and Izturis bunted him over to second. Then, what do you know, Bradley grounded out to short and Roberts scored another run.

Meanwhile, Perez was sensational against the Giants, striking out ten and only giving up two hits, both to Edgardo Alfonzo. In the ninth, Perez made his exit and in came closer and 2003 Cy Young winner, Eric Gagne.

In one of the most talked about match-ups in baseball history, Gagne was on the mound with Barry Bonds at the plate. Jeffrey Hammonds was on board with a single, and Gagne threw a fastball straight into Bonds' happy zone on a 2-2 count. Bonds blasted his #662 career shot into centerfield and gave the Giants two quick runs. However, Gagne didn't give the Giants anymore opportunities, and earned his third save of the season as the Giants fell 3-2.

Notes: Second baseman, Ray Durham is not expected to go on the 15-day DL. He may be available for pinch-hitting duties on Saturday, and may be in the lineup as early as Sunday. This is a good sign for the Giants, because Durham is hitting .367 this season with three RBIs... With Schmidt activated from the DL, the Giants sent down southpaw reliever, Kevin Walker... Reliever Scott Eyre is scheduled to throw again on Sunday, where he'll be re-evaluated.



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 shoot_hoops33@hotmail.com

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