Rewind: Giants vs. Brewers, Game #1

The Giants have not been doing well in their last three games. They lacked offense and their pitching has been average. Coming into Milwaukee, they were facing one of the best offenses in the league. The Giants turned to their ace to help them overcome this mini three game slide.

For the first game of the roadtrip, the Giants will give the ball to Jason Schmidt, who had an outstanding outing in his last start. The Brewers will have Dave Bush take the mound, who has an ERA of less than 1 while pitching at home.

The Giants were the first to score in the game. Moises Alou led off the second inning for the Giants, and Bush drilled him in the shoulder. The pitch ended up being close to Alou's head. Pedro Feliz picked up his teammate on the next pitch Bush threw by sending it into the left field bleachers. Lance Niekro followed with a weak groundout, but Mike Matheny got on with a bloop single. However, he was left on first as Schmidt and Kevin Frandsen flied out. This was going to be the last hit the Giants get for the rest of the night.

The game remained scoreless thanks to some great defensive plays. Third baseman Corey Koskie robbed the slumping Lance Niekro of at least a double, and Mike Matheny retaliated with a catch of a pop-up in foul territory hit by Bill Hall. Matheny ended up flipping over the railing of the Milwaukee dugout to make the snag. Feliz also made a nice defensive stop on a hard grounder that was headed for the left field corner.

The Brewers did not go down without a fight. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Schmidt gave up a single to Brady Clark to lead off the inning. J.J. Hardy hit a liner that hung long enough for Jason Ellison, who replaced Barry Bonds for defense in the ninth, to catch. Schmidt was looking to get the next batter, Geoff Jenkins, to hit a double play grounder. Jenkins did hit a grounder, but it was right up the middle. Manager Felipe Alou visited the mound to make sure Schmidt was alright, and proceeded to leave him in the game.

Carlos Lee followed with a grounder to third. Feliz threw the ball to Kevin Frandsen, who got the out at second, but was taken out by Jenkins on the play to allow Lee to arrive safely at first. Rookie Prince Fielder stepped up to the plate and struck out swinging on three offspeed pitches to end the game, and to help the Giants snap a three game losing streak.

Game Notes: Barry Bonds was hit in the head with a ball during batting practice on a foul by Kevin Frandsen. Bonds seemed to be okay and was in the lineup... The Brewers were leading the NL in homeruns and held second place for RBIs coming into today's game.

SFDugout's Player of the Game: Who else would you ask other than your ace to help you out of a slump? Jason Schmidt did just that for the Giants as he got his ninth career complete game. He blanked a very potent Brewer's lineup, and more importantly, pitched his second good game in a row. Pedro Feliz also deserves an honorable mention for sticking up for his teammate by slamming a homerun after Alou got hit by a pitch, not to mention he drove in the only two runs in the game.



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