Rewind: Giants vs A's, Game #1

It's time for the Battle of the Bay series. The San Francisco Giants vs the Oakland Athletics. What better way to begin this series than with a Schmidt vs Zito matchup. Two aces take the mound, both hoping to start the rivalry series with a win.

Bay Area fans gather in the Network Associates Collesium in Oakland to watch Jason Schmidt face Barry Zito in the first game of the Giants vs A's. With two aces on the mound, everyone expected a pitching duel. The Giants changed that within the first inning of the game.

Ray Durham started the game with a single to left field. With one out, Marquis Grissom hit the ball towards Zito. He threw it to shortstop Bobby Crosby, but he wasn't covering second, thus there was no double play, putting runners on first and second for Barry Bonds. Though Bonds drew a walk, leaving it up to Edgardo Alfonzo to produce with the bases loaded. Alfonzo hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Mark Kotsay to drive in Durham from third. Deivi Cruz then came up to the plate and did what he hasn't done in the season - until now. Cruz hit his first homer of the season, driving in three runs making the score 4-0 Giants. Pedro Feliz then followed with a solo shot to left field. A.J. Pierzynski ended the inning by lining out to first baseman Scott Hatteberg. The Giants now had a 5-0 lead.

The Giants tacked on one more run in the fifth. Dustan Mohr began the inning off with a single to center and advanced to third on Durham's double. Mohr then scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Michael Tucker.

Jason Schmidt pitched a great game as expected. He pitched 8.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits with a 2.43 ERA. He struck our four and walked three.

The A's finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh. Hatteberg singled to Grissom in center. Rookie Bobby Crosby hit his tenth homer of the season preventing Schmidt from another shutout, making it 6-2 Giants.

In the bottom of the ninth, the A's threatened. Mark Kotsay started it off with a walk. Jermaine Dye flied out to left fielder, Mohr, who made a spectacular catch jumping to get the ball and hitting the wall behind him. He landed on the ground and took awhile to get up. He bruised his right shoulder, but will be able to play in tomorrow night's game.

Hatteberg followed that play with a roundtripper to deep right field, adding on two more runs to the A's score. With that, Schmidt was relieved by Scotte Eyre. Eyre faced left-hander Erubiel Durazo, but failed to get him out as he hit a line drive to right. Eyre was then replaced with closer, Matt Herges. After giving up a single to Crosby, Herges was able to get Damian Miller to ground into a double play, ending the game and extending the Giants seven game winning streak.

Player of the Game: Jason Schmidt. He pitched another great game, though not as impressive as his last start, he was still about to shut out the A's for six innings. Also, Dustan Mohr, for his awesome plays in the outfield, his relay to Durham to get Kotsay at first and his catch in the ninth inning.



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