Rewind: Braves at Giants, Game #1

Entering Monday night's opener against the Atlanta Braves, the San Francisco Giants had allowed their opposition a total of 46 runs over their previous six games. Scheduled to start for the Giants was staff ace Jason Schmidt, who brought into the game a record of 0-2 with an ERA above six. He looked to hold the Braves in check to start a winning streak for both himself and his struggling team.

The Giants found themselves in a scoreless tie with Atlanta after two and a half innings, with both Schmidt and Braves starter Horacio Ramirez pitching effectively early on. However, the Giants got on the board first, busting through in the third with the only three runs they would score in the game, all coming after two were down in the inning. After Ramirez retired Dustan Mohr on a grounder to third, Neifi Perez got on base with a bunt single. Schmidt struck out, bringing up speedy leadoff hitter Ray Durham. Durham smoked a ball to right field for a triple, scoring Perez all the way from first. Edgardo Alfonzo followed with a sharp line drive into the left field corner, plating Durham. Pedro Feliz, hitting in the three-spot in the absence of ailing outfielder Marquis Grissom, capped off the rally with a run-scoring single, putting the Giants ahead 3-0.

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

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