Rewind: Dbacks vs Giants, Game #1

The San Francisco Giants came home, after winning four on their five-game road trip. The Diamondbacks came in for a three game series, and starting off the series for the Giants was Jason Schmidt, who, in his last start, threw a complete game one-hitter. Schmidt didn't quite go the distance this time, but he pitched another beauty, leading the Giants to their fourth consecutive victory.

Any thoughts of a no-hitter were erased when with no outs, Alex Cintron singled. After Luis Gonzalez flew out, Cintron easily stole second, but Jason Schmidt ended the inning, getting Shea Hillenbrand to strike out swinging.

The Giants jumped on Casey Fossum right away. Neifi Perez led off the bottom of the first with an infield hit. Then, Edgardo Alfonzo dug one out. The ball was hit hard, and somehow, Alfonzo managed to just keep it fair, hitting the foul pole, for a two-run shot.

Meanwhile, Schmidt continued cruising. Fossum matched Schmidt, zero for zero, until the Giants tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth. AJ Pierzynski led off with a flare down the left field line. Deivi Cruz then hit a soft grounder to short, but reached on the fielder's choice. Jason Schmidt moved Cruz into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Then Perez sliced a single into left field to easily score Cruz.

Barry Bonds had not homered since April 29, but he seemed to be coming out of his drought, singling in the bottom of the first into right field. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Bonds stepped up to the plate with one on and no out. On a 2-1 count, Bonds added Fossum to the book, launching one to center field.

Arizona's only run came in the top of the eighth. Scott Hairston tripled to lead off the inning and came home on Brett Mayne's groundball to second.

After Alex Cintron led off with a single, Jason Schmidt's night was over. Schmidt threw 8+ innings, giving up only one run on four hits, walking one, and striking out six.

Then things started getting interesting. Jason Christiansen got Luis Gonzalez looking on a controversial pitch. Gonzalez then started arguing, and got a rare ejection. Matt Herges then came in to finish out the game. With Cintron going, Hillenbrand grounded one to third. Alfonzo made a low throw in the dirt to Pedro Feliz who booted it. Cintron then tried to take third. Feliz recovered and threw a rocket to third to easily throw Cintron out. Steve Finley then singled, and Hillenbrand advanced to third. While Danny Bautista was batting, Finley stole second. Bautista, who, lifetime was 4-6 facing Herges, grounded out to short on a 2-2 pitch to end the game.

Player of the Game: There were many big players in tonight's game, so I'm going to go the easy route and take them all – Jason Schmidt, Edgardo Alfonzo, and Neifi Perez. Schmidtty threw another beautiful game, leading the Giants to victory once again. Alfonzo and Perez led the Giants' offensive drive. Alfonzo drove in two of the four runs, all on one swing. It looks like Fonzie has finally turned things around, and hopefully he keeps rolling. As for Neifi, he scored one and drove in another – a hit that came after he pounded a foul ball right off his foot. Also, he was picking it clean at second, stealing a hit from Shea Hillenbrand in the fourth. So yay for all of them. And a mention for Barry too, finally getting off 668.



Michelle Lo, also known as the Armchair Manager, writes recaps and other miscellaneous articles and designs some of the graphics at SFDugout.com. She can be reached by email at aznstarlite00@yahoo.com

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