Rewind: Dbacks vs. Giants, Game #3

He's back! Consecutive brilliant starts by San Francisco's ace Jason Schmidt have Giants fans smiling and hoping the season can be salvaged.

Again pitching up to his ace status, Jason Schmidt (5-3) mowed down the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night with a brilliant pitching performance.

Just in the nick of time Schmidt has found his comfort zone. A nagging injury had hindered his performance so far this season, but now that he is healthy he’s dealing and the National League should beware.

Schmidt may no longer be a power pitcher, but where he’s at right now isn’t too shabby.

Schmidt had no problem with the Diamondbacks Wednesday lasting into the ninth inning. He almost pitched a complete game, but a lead off single by Luis Gonzalez in the ninth brought in Scott Eyre and Schmidt’s night to an end. Over eight innings Schmidt allowed no runs, five hits and struck out a season high 10 in an impressive outing.

“This is the Jason Schmidt I know and have faced. It’s why I came to play in San Francisco and we played well behind him,” Moises Alou said.

Pitching for Arizona Wednesday was their young right-hander Brad Halsey (4-6). San Francisco struck first blood against him in the bottom of the second inning with three singles. Alou started it off, Todd Linden advanced him to third on a single and Jason Ellison drove Alou in with a bunt single to first.

The game stayed at 1-0 until the seventh inning when San Francisco rallied for three more runs off of Halsey. Mike Matheny singled and advanced to second on a Schmidt bunt. Ray Durham followed with a single that scored Matheny. Omar Vizquel and Alou then followed with singles, building the Giants lead to 4-0. The D-back loss was Halsey’s fourth in a row.

Helping slug San Francisco to victory Wednesday was Alou who reached base in all four of his at bats. Alou went 3-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Vizquel and Ellison also contributed with a hit and an RBI apiece.

Wednesday’s 4-0 win was the Giants second shutout of the season. Their last came in Schmidt’s last start, a win in Detroit. With Schmidt’s pitching building momentum and Barry Bonds lurking on the horizon, the rest of the season should be very interesting for the San Francisco faithful.

In Thursday night’s series finale the Giants send Kirk Rueter (2-6) to the hill, with Arizona countering their ace Brandon Webb (7-3).

SFDugout player of the game: Since joining the Giants Jason Schmidt has become one of baseball’s toughest pitchers to face. After a tough start to the season Schmidty is back and he proved it in his Diamondback dissection Wednesday night at SBC.

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