Rewind: Giants vs. Pirates, Game #3

The Giants came into today's game with a 0-5 record against the Pirates this season. There was no reasoning behind why the Giants were unable to beat Pittsburg this year, but they knew that coming into today's game, they needed to win not just to gain ground in the Wild Card race, but for their pride as well.

If there was a guy to figure things out for the Giants, it would be Jason Schmidt. Pittsburg sent Ryan Volgelsong to counter the former Pirate on get away day.

The Giants got started in the first as J.T. Snow hit his 24th double of the season. On the first pitch he saw, Barry Bonds smashed a stand-up double to center field to allow Snow to score the first Giants' run of the game.

In the top of the fourth, Deivi Cruz got onboard with an infield single. Yorvit Torrealba and the Giants caught a bad break when his long double skipped over the fence, and with runners on first and third, Schmidt grounded out, but Cruz didn't attempt to score on the play. However, Cruz did try to score on Ray Durham's grounder, but was thrown out at the plate.

Snow drew a walk, and with two outs, Edgardo Alfonzo stepped to the plate. Recently coming out of his slump, Alfonzo blooped the first pitch he saw to drive in two runs for the Giants with Bonds coming up. However, Bonds' line drive was caught by a diving Tike Redman, preventing the Giants from scoring at least one more run.

The Giants added to their lead in the seventh as Snow singled off reliever, Dave Williams, and Alfonzo drew a walk. After a short battle, Bonds was walked, and Michael Tucker lined a single to right field, scoring Snow and Alfonzo. With runners on first and third, pinch hitter Marquis Grissom smacked a double to drive in two more runs for the Giants, giving them a 7-0 lead. Still with no outs, Cruz and Torrealba were retired, and Schmidt struck out to end the inning.

Schmidt continued pitching without trouble through the ninth inning to lodge another complete game, and to give the Giants their first win against the Pirates this season.

Notes: With his RBI in the first, Bonds tied Frank Robinson for 14th place in the all-time list for RBIs... Ricky LeDee had his first hit as a Giant when he led off the second inning with a double... This is the Giants' fifth shutout game, and Schmidt's third, which leads the National League.

Players of the Game: Jason Schmidt pitched sensationally again for the Giants, who were in dyer need of a win today. Edgardo Alfonzo, Michael Tucker, and Marquis Grissom came up with clutch hits to give the Giants a nice cushion when it looked like the Giants' bats were going to take another night off.



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