The Rockies were making Schmidt work, and in the second inning, pinned two runs on the board as Jeromy Burnitz drew a walk and Matt Holliday doubled to right center. Burnitz scored, and J.D. Closser singled into right to knock Holliday in for the second Colorado run, making Schmidt throw 50 pitches already in two innings.
With no outs and a runner on second, the Giants were unable to capitalize when Marquis Grissom and Yorvit Torrealba both grounded out to third on the first pitch they saw. Schmidt struck out, and Cruz was stranded at second.
Burnitz singled in the fourth and stole second. Halladay collected another RBI with a grounder through the left field hole to bring Burnitz in.
In the fifth, Aaron Miles led off the inning with a single, making Schmidt work in the stretch again. Royce Clayton bunted him over to second, and Todd Helton blooped a single to drive Miles in. Vinny Castilla sent the first pitch from Schmidt into left field, giving the Rockies two more runs, and that was it for Schmidt, who threw well over 100 pitches in less than five innings.
Scott Eyre finished the inning without anymore damage, and Brian Dallimore, just called up from the minors yesterday, pinch hit to lead off the bottom half of the fifth and doubled. Ray Durham followed that with his own double to knock Dallimore in for the Giants' second run.
On an attempt pick off throw to second, Miles stepped on Durham's right hand, and Durham left the game. Tony Torcato pinch ran for Durham, and scored on Pedro Feliz's single up the middle. However, Barry Bonds was called out on strikes, and Feliz was caught stealing to end the inning and potential threat.
In the bottom of the seventh, Torrealba led off the inning with a walk. However, Dallimore and pinch hitter Jason Ellison struck out, but Dustan Mohr hit his second double of the night to bring Torrealba in.
Matt Herges entered the game and pitched a scoreless 1-2-3 eighth. In the bottom half of the eighth, Bonds doubled thanks to a ball that took a bad hop. Bonds went to third on Alfonzo's ground out, and came in to score on another ground out by Cruz. Grissom hit the Giants' third grounder of the inning to end the frame.
SFDugout's Players of the Game: The bullpen collectively did a good job today in relief of the Giants' #1 starter. Scott Eyre, Tyler Walker, and Matt Herges pitched scoreless innings from the fifth frame to give the Giants a chance to get back into the game, which they did.
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