Rewind: Giants vs Mets, Game #3

It was a pitching match-up for the ages in New York today. The Giants and the Mets put up zeros throughout most of the game, and in a game that went into extra innings, the fate was decided by one swing.

The Giants' #1 starter, Jason Schmidt, was pitching lights out in his last outing, and looked to continue that today as he tried to keep San Francisco from getting swept. He went up against Al Leiter, who pinned a 1.65 ERA coming into today's game with a 1-1 record.

There was no score and no hits the first time through the line up for either team. Schmidt walked Mike Piazza, but that was the only base runner for either team. It wasn't until the fourth inning that Edgardo Alfonzo got on board with a single. Marquis Grissom followed with an infield single, but Leiter was able to get Barry Bonds and Pedro Feliz to pop out to strand the runners.

The game went on scoreless until the seventh inning, where Grissom go on board with another infield single. Leiter retired Bonds again after Grissom was caught stealing, but Feliz proceeded to launch a hot potato to put the Giants ahead for the first run of the game.

In the bottom of the seventh, Karim Garcia returned the favor by smacking a roundtripper of his own against Schmidt's hanging breaking ball. This tied the game and ultimately sent the game into extra innings.

Tyler Walker entered the game and pitched a scoreless eighth, as Felix Rodriguez also pitched a scoreless frame in the ninth. Jim Brower replaced Rodriguez in the tenth and blanked the Mets on two strikeouts and one groundout.

The Giants jammed the bases in the eleventh as Alfonzo and Grissom hit back-to-back singles. With two outs, Bonds was intentionally walked for the second time in the game, and Feliz struck out looking, stranding the bases loading to end the inning.

Brower went back to work in the eleventh, and was cruising along with two outs when Piazza stepped to the plate. The day after he passed Carlton Fisk for the most homeruns on the all-time list by catchers, Piazza won the game for the Mets with a game-ending jack.

Notes: Bonds played in his first game today since Saturday. He was out with flu-like symptoms... A.J. Pierzynski's shoulder is feeling better and was available to play today, but did not get the start against the lefty, Leiter.

Player of the Game: Jason Schmidt pitched a beautiful game, fanning eight players and giving up only one run, but the Giants' offense wasn't enough against Leiter. The Giants will need Schmidt to continue pitching like he did today.



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