Rewind: Red Sox vs Giants, Game #3

After an exciting late-inning win on Saturday, the Giants looked to take the series this afternoon. Who better than the Giants' ace, Jason Schmidt, to help the Giants win the series.

On Sunday afternoon, San Francisco Giants fans and Boston Red Sox fans got to witness a pitching duel between Jason Schmidt and Red Sox starting pitcher, Bronson Arroyo. Aroyo was given the loss after pitching 6.1 innings and giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out seven. Schmidt outlasted Arroyo by pitching the full nine innings, shutting out the Red Sox and only allowing one hit.

The one hit Boston got came off the bat of Kevin Youkilis. He started the top of the sixth inning with a double to left field. The Red Sox had a chance to score in that inning. With runners on first and third and two outs on the board, David Ortiz came up to the plate. Ortiz hit it to the right of first baseman Damon Minor, who leaped to stop the ball, and then proceeded to throw it to Schmidt who was covering first for the final out of the inning, thus keeping the shutout for Schmidt.

The Giants finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Michael Tucker doubled to right field. Giants' outfielder, Marquis Grissom followed with a walk. Alan Embree came into the game to relieve Arroyo to face Barry Bonds. Bonds popped the ball up to left field, but the ball dropped before Kevin Millar could get to it. The ball was thrown to third in an attempt to throw out Tucker, but the umpire, Sam Holbrook, called him safe. Terry Francona, the Sox manager, came out of the dugout to argue the call and was eventually ejected from the game.

Red Sox reliever, Mike Timlin, then replaced Embree. The count was 1-1 to Edgardo Alfonzo when he hit a grand slam to deep left center field, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. This was all the Giants needed to win the game.

Schmidt finished off the game, shutting out the Boston Red Sox. Schmidt struck out nine and only walked one, giving up one hit, to get his ninth win of the season.

Player of the Game: There were two heroes of the game, Jason Schmidt and Edgardo Alfonzo. Jason Schmidt continues to be the Giants' ace and always amazes us with his brilliant performance. He pitched a great game, his second shut out of the season. Edgardo Alfonzo was the hero for Saturday and again bring in the winning runs for Sunday. He's heating up, which is so important since they go into a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Monday.

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