Rewind: Giants vs Expos, Game #2

Jason Schmidt pitches against the Expos

The Giants had gone into a tailspin of late, losing four of their last five and having gone 5-6 overall in August so far. Today's game pitted Giants' ace Jason Schmidt against Zach Day.

August 16, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0
Montreal 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 x 4 10 0

WP Z. Day (7-4) 7IP 4H 0R 0ER 2BB 4SO 0HR 3.41 ERA
LP J. Schmidt (12-5) 4 1/3IP 9H 4R 4ER 1BB 4SO 0HR 2.49 ERA
S R. Biddle (29) 1/3IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 4.21 ERA

Jason Schmidt wasn't too sharp in the first inning. After getting two men out, he gave up consecutive singles to Vladimir Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera. But he got Ron Calloway to line out, ending the inning.

The Giants had a frustrating top of the 2nd. J.T. Snow walked, and Benito Santiago grounded into a double play. Pedro Feliz hit a double, but he was stranded at second.

Things weren't looking so great for Schmidt in the bottom of the 2nd, when Wil Cordero hit a lead-off double. With one out, Brian Schneider belted a triple to send Cordero home, putting the Expos on the board. And that wasn't all. Montreal starter Zach Day hit a single to right, driving in Schneider. While Schmidt got the next two batters out without a problem, this showed that he wasn't having a good night. He had given up consecutive hits to the 8th-place hitter and the pitcher.

In the bottom of the 5th, Brad Wilkerson led off with a single to right, and Jose Vidro added a single to left-center. Guerrero cleared the bases with a double. After a one-out walk to Calloway, rookie Kevin Correia replaced Schmidt. Correia gave up a single to Cordero, loading the bases with only one out. He got out of the jam by getting Jose Macias to hit a fielder's choice and getting Schnieder to fly out.

Correia pitched two more solid innings, holding the deficit at 4, but the Giants failed to muster any reasonable offense. Their best chance came in the top of the 7th, with Snow and Santiago on first and second with no one out. Yet they were both stranded there as the next three batters were retired in order by Day.

The Giants came into the top of the 9th behind by 4. Montreal reliever Bobby Ayala got the first two batters out, but gave up a double to Santiago and an RBI single to Edgardo Alfonzo. After giving up a single to Feliz, the third consecutive Giants hit, he was replaced by the closer, Rocky Biddle. Biddle got Neifi Perez to ground out for a really quick save.

Game Notes:Edgardo Alfonzo went 3-4 to raise his average to .258... Marquis Grissom left the game for X-Rays after being hit by a pitch in the hand in the fourth…

SFDugout.com Player of the Game: Kevin Correia. This kid has a future. He really pitched solidly tonight. Got himself out of a jam. He's going to have a future, and hopefully it will be with the Giants.



Jesse Radin writes for SFDugout.com and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to electricbassguy@hotmail.com

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