Rewind: Rockies vs Giants, Game #2

The Giants sent All-Star Jason Schmidt to the mound to face the Colorado Rockies, hoping to even up the series and to break out of their three-game losing streak. Schmidt provided a strong outing, but in the end, the Giants bullpen faltered, and the red-hot Rockies made a great comeback.

Jason Schmidt struggled mightily in the first inning, throwing over 30 pitches and walking two. Schmidt struck out the side and left the inning unscathed.

The Giants struck early against Denny Stark. Ray Durham led off the game with a flare single. Then with one out, JT Snow raked a 3-2 pitch to right field to score Durham.

San Francisco added another run in the bottom of the second when AJ Pierzynski launched one into the water, his seventh homer of the season and his first into the cove.

Colorado got their first hit and their first run in the top of the fourth. On the first pitch of the inning, Todd Helton homered to make the score 2-1.

The Giants got that run back and more in the bottom of that frame. Pierzynski led off the inning with a four pitch walk. Marquis Grissom then singled to put runners on first and third. After Deivi Cruz grounded out, Jason Schmidt helped himself out and singled to easily score Pierzynski. Jeromy Burnitz fielded the ball cleanly and fired home. Charles Johnson could not handle the throw and dropped it, allowing Grissom to score. Then, Ray Durham hit a grounder to Aaron Miles at second, who threw it to Royce Clayton at short. What should have been a inning-ending double play ended up being an extremely embarrassing play for Clayton as he forgot there was only one out and did not throw to first. After Michael Tucker singled, Snow doubled to score Durham and Tucker.

The five run lead seemed to be more than enough. Schmidt went seven strong, giving up only one run on one hit while striking out twelve, one shy of his career high.

However, the lead was soon gone. The Rockies scored five runs in the top of the eighth. Jim Brower came in and struggled mightily. After Miles reached on an error by Cruz, Brower walked the next two batters he faced. He struck out Vinny Castilla. Scott Eyre then came in and got Larry Walker to hit a weak grounder. However, it was too weak for a double play, and a run scored. With runners on second and third, Matt Herges came in to face Matt Holliday. Holliday singled to clear the bases. Burnitz then homered to tie the game. After loading the bases again, Herges would get Royce Clayton to ground out to end the inning.

Jason Christiansen pitched the top of the ninth. He walked Todd Helton, but got Castilla to ground into a double play. Larry Walker reached when he was hit by a pitch, and Holliday walked. Burnitz singled to score the go-ahead run. Felix Rodriguez came in and gave up a single to score yet another run, for the final score of 8-6, Rockies.

Player of the Game: Without a doubt, Jason Schmidt. Despite his struggles early in the game, Schmidt simply dominated, and if it weren't for a high pitch count, could have finished this game. Unfortunately, he did not. The bullpen has denied again his bid for his eleventh straight win. Better luck next time, Schmidtty. Also, mentions for Snow, who had a three-hit game and three RBI. Hopefully, this is a continuing trend, and JT keeps producing.



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