Rewind: Cubs vs Giants, Game #1

Jason Schmidt was scheduled to pitch on Saturday to face Greg Maddux, but with the Giants scrambling to come up with a fifth starter, Schmidt was moved up a day to start off the series against the Chicago Cubs

Schmidt earned his 100th win of his career after striking out 11 in the game against the Chicago Cubs. Schmidt into trouble a few times, yet the Cubs failed to take advantage of the situation, only scoring twice in the game. The newest Cub, Nomar Garciaparra was 3-3 and scored a run, but his efforts just weren't enough. The Cubs out-hit the Giants 9-8, but were unable to take the lead from their opponent.

It was a different game for the Giants offense. Cubs pitcher, Matt Clement (2-6), allowed six runs on five hits, allowing four walks. The Giants were able to get on the board first when Clement allowed walks to Barry Bonds and J.T. Snow. Michael Tucker then stepped up and smacked his tenth homer of the season, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead after two innings.

Tucker later added the fourth run of the game for the Giants by driving in Bonds from third with a single in the fourth inning. Bonds had earlier stole his fifth base of the season, his 255th as a San Francisco Giant.

The last two runs the Giants scored happened in the fifth, when Snow, who has been heating up, hit a two-run homer to the right field arcade.

Relief pitcher, Jim Brower, came into the game in the eighth, hoping to help maintain the lead for the Giants and he did just that. Brower pitched a scoreless and hitless inning. New closer, Dustan Hermanson, then threw a nine-pitch ninth inning, securing the win for the Giants and ending the Cubs four-game winning streak.

Player of the Game: Jason Schmidt had a little bit of a rough start, but managed to get out of it and struck out eleven in the process. Also, Michael Tucker was responsible for four of the six runs scored in the game. Tucker has been heating up in his last ten games.

Notes: Jason Schmidt not only got his 100th career win, but his 14th of the season, leading the National League in wins. Brad Hennessey has been called up from Triple-A Fresno to start in tomorrow's game against Greg Maddux, who will be going for his 300th career win. To make room for Hennessey, Merkin Valdez was sent back down to Norwich.



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