Atlanta answered with two in the fifth off Schmidt. After Rafael Furcal walked with one out, Mark DeRosa sent Schmidt's 0-1 offering over the wall in left field, putting the Braves within one run of the Giants at 3-2.
Schmidt was pulled after five innings, during which he found himself unable to locate his fastball; however, able to substitute his changeup in order to keep Atlanta at bay. The Giants bullpen, which has been dramatically overworked during the first few weeks of the year, was extremely effective over the last four innings of the game. Jim Brower, Jason Christiansen, Felix Rodriguez, and closer Matt Herges – each now with eleven or more appearances already this season – combined to hold the Braves hitless the rest of the way, with Herges notching his seventh save of the season to close out the win for Schmidt and the Giants.
SFDugout's Players of the Game: The pitching staff deserves the nod tonight. Schmidt, though without his best stuff, battled through five innings to hold Atlanta to two runs, keeping his team in the game. The Giants relievers pitched beautifully, surrendering two walks but no hits over their four innings of work and rendering their lack of run support irrelevant in a low-scoring win.
Stephanie Moy is a diehard Giants fan, born and raised in the city by the bay. She welcomes comments, questions, criticism and praise at email@example.com.
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