Rewind: Marlins vs Giants, Game #3

After splitting the first two games, the Giants sent their ace, Jason Schmidt hoping to take game three of the four game series against the Marlins. Schmidt would be facing Carl Pavano, and both pitchers put up strong performances, but with the help of AJ Pierzynski and Brian Dallimore, the Giants took game three.

Jason Schmidt got off to a rough start. He walked leadoff man Juan Pierre on seven pitches. Damion Easley then singled, putting men on first and third with no out. Schmidt managed to get Cabrera to strike out swinging, but Pierre scored on the strike three pitch when it bounced by catcher AJ Pierzynski. Easley also advanced, and Mike Lowell hit a ground rule double scoring him. Schmidt kept the damage to only two runs scored, but had to throw 35 pitches to do it.

The Giants manufactured a run in the bottom of the third. Michael Tucker led off with a double to right field. JT Snow then hit a ground ball to the right side, allowing Tucker to advance. With Tucker on third and one out, Marquis Grissom grounded out softly to third baseman Mike Lowell, and Tucker scored.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Giants tacked on another run. Pierzynski led off with a booming triple off Carl Pavano. Brian Dallimore, last night's hero, followed it up with a single up the middle through the drawn in infield to tie the game.

It wasn't tied for long. After striking out Alex Gonzalez, Schmidt gave up a homer to starting pitcher Carl Pavano to make the score 3-2, Marlins.

However, the Giants came back in the bottom of the seventh in a rally fueled by walks. With one out, JT Snow drew a four pitch walk. He then stole second and advanced to third when Grissom grounded out. The Marlins then opted to intentionally walk Barry Bonds, his third in the game. Bonds would eventually walk a fourth time. Edgardo Alfonzo also walked, bringing up Pierzynski with the bases loaded, and Pierzynski would make the Marlins pay. He hit a solid single to left field, scoring Snow and Bonds and giving the Giants a 4-3 advantage.

Schmidt would go seven innings, giving up two earned runs while striking out nine. Jason Christiansen and Matt Herges combined for a scoreless eighth.

The Giants added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth in yet another rally started by walks. Tucker and Snow both walked with two outs. Marquis Grissom then dumped a double into right field, scoring both Tucker and Snow.

Herges threw a seven pitch ninth to secure his ninth save of the year.

Player of the Game: AJ Pierzynski. After all his struggling and all the controversy, AJ's finally showing signs of that .300 hitter he really is. In the last week and a half, he has pulled up his average almost 100 points and has had seven hits in his last thirteen at bats. If the Giants want



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