Rewind: Brewers vs Giants, Game #1

The Giants come home after a short road trip to San Diego, to face the Milwaukee Brewers. They sent up their ace, Jason Schmidt to the mound, with hopes that he will bring them closer to clinching the NL West. He was up against Matt Kinney, who pitched against the Giants for the very first time tonight.

September 12, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 9 2
San Francisco 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 x 8 10 0

WP J. Schmidt (15-5) 7 2/3IP 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 12SO 1HR 2.28 ERA
LP M. Kinney (10-11) 6IP 6H 5R 5ER 3BB 5SO 0HR 4.90 ERA

Jason Schmidt showed baseball fans everywhere, once again, why he was chosen to be apart of the 2003 All-Star team. Schmidt struck out twelve and only allowed one run throughout the seven and two-thirds innings he pitched.

However, Kinney didn't' have the same type of outing. The first inning he faced the Giants, they jumped on him fast. Ray Durham and J.T. Snow hit consecutive singles into right field. Durham advanced to third on Snow's single. Kinney then gave Bonds a free pass to first, loading up the bases for Edgardo Alfonzo. With one out, Alfonzo singled into left field, scoring Durham from third. The bases were loaded yet again, this time for Benito Santiago. Santiago put the ball in play with a swinging bunt. Kinney ran to get the ball as Bonds came in to score. Kinney hurriedly threw the ball to Brewer's catcher, Eddie Perez. But the ball passed Perez and Snow was able to score. The Giants added one more run as Marquis Grissom grounded into a fielder's choice to third. Alfonzo came into score. Jose Cruz, Jr. struck out to end the inning, but the damage was done already and the Giants led 4-0.

The bats from both teams remained silent. The next run that would score was for the Giants. Rich Aurilia singled to right and Bonds drew yet another walk. Kinney proceeded to walk Alfonzo as well. With no outs, Santiago fouled out to first and failed to produce from the situation. However, Grissom hit a sacrifice fly to center enabling Aurilia to score, bringing the score to 5-0 Giants.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Brewers sent in Brooks Kieschnick in relief of Kinney. Kieschnick retired the first three batters he faced. He then started off the top of the eighth, when he would bat for himself. Prior to tonight's game, Kieschnick already had five home runs and 9 RBIs. Tonight, he tacked on another jack to prevent his team from getting shut out. With the count at 2-0, he hit the pitch back into right centerfield, one of the deepest spots in the park to hit a home run. Joe Nathan came in the game, in relief of Schmidt, after Schmidt had allowed a hit to Brady Clark. Nathan successfully got Richie Sexson to strike out looking, thus putting his team back into the dugout with the score at 5-1 Giants.

The Giants were able to add a few more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. Aurilia led off the inning with a single to left field. Kieschnick walked Bonds, his third walk of the night. Alfonzo, who has been hot lately, hit the ball down the third base line. Unfortunately, a fan interfered with the ball. Aurilia was the only one to score and Alfonzo was robbed of an RBI by a fan. With no outs, and runners on second and third, Santiago grounded out. Grissom again, took advantage of the opportunity and hit a flare into shallow right. Bonds and Alfonzo scored, giving the Giants a 8-1 lead.

Dustin Hermanson pitched the last inning of the game for the Giants. He gave up three consecutive singles to Wes Helms, Jason Conti, and Eddie Perez. With no outs and the bases loaded, Bill Hall hit the first pitch he saw from Hermanson. He grounded out to third, but Helms was able to score. Hermanson was able to prevent more runs from coming in and the game would end with a Giants win of 8-2 and the magic number is now six.

SFDugout.com's Player of the Game: Jason Schmidt. Of the 128 pitches he threw in the game, 81 of them were strikes. He struck out 12 and only allowed the solo homer. He has now extended his career high for wins to 15. Also, we must mention Edgardo Alfonzo, who has been really swinging the bat lately. He has finally gotten hot. There is also Marquis Grissom, who managed to bring in runs and help to make the opposing team pay for walking Bonds.



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