Season Home Opener: Giants beat LA, 4-2
Schmidt was shaky at first (2 runs in first 2 IP) but then found a groove to pitch 7 innings in about 100 pitches (102 to be exact). Later in the season, he would have gotten another 20 pitches and the chance to get a complete game. 9 K's, only 4 hits and 2 walks, his only mistake was to the first batter of the game, Izturis, who belted a homer to lead off the game. It looked shaky from the start but he settled down and then Alfonzo's homer tied the game at 2-2.
Then Eyre came in the 8th and struck out 2 hitters and retiring all three batters he faced, earning a hold. Lastly, the frosting on the cake with Benitez coming in and, after giving up a hit, was saved by two great defensive plays, first by Vizquel, second by Snow, resulting in a slick doubleplay and a groundout. Cha-ching, first save.
The Giants had a number of opportunities to break the game wide open but the heart of the lineup - Snow, Alou, Feliz - failed to deliver this game. That's OK. Schmidt was in control for much of the game and the offense did just enough (with the help of 2 Dodger errors) to win the game, which is the most important thing.
Plus there were some standout offense. Vizquel went 2-3 with a walk (though no runs...). Snow was 1-3 with a walk. Tucker went 1-2. The Giants amassed 10 hits and 2 walks but blew a number of opps to score with no timely hitting. Luckily the Dodgers played oopsy with the ball at inopportune times and the Giants have a win. Go Giants!