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04/16/06 2:33 AM ET
Giants quiet in loss to Dodgers
Schmidt struggles with control, but limits damage
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- It's funny how baseball works, depending on your point of view. Case in point: Giants right-hander Jason Schmidt's outing Saturday night at Dodger Stadium when he allowed only three hits over six innings and only two runs, easily qualifying him for an official quality start. For what it's worth. As in a 3-1 loss, giving Schmidt an 0-2 record and 4.59 ERA over three outings. One run of support was among the reasons Schmidt is still winless, but allowing seven walks -- second highest in his career -- was also the culprit, and all agreed the hard thrower had his good stuff at times, even if his location was wayward. "No question," said catcher Mike Matheny of the Giants' lack of offense. "He needs to focus on the fact he pitched a great game. He threw plenty good to win, and if he keeps throwing like he did tonight, he's going to have a lot of wins. "He's had a couple of outings when he's thrown the ball well but has nothing to show for it. He kept us in the game and that's his job. He looked strong, and even though he had his pitch count up , he still had his velocity. He's right where he needs him to be, but we just didn't capitalize." Another factor was Dodgers left-hander Odalis Perez (2-0), who only gave up three hits over seven innings, allowing the Giants' lone run in the second on Ray Durham's single, a wild pitch and Steve Finley's RBI base hit. "He's always pitched well against us," said Matheny. "He moved the ball around and did what he always does." Schmidt said it definitely was a tough game all around, and it was the little things that counted this night, most of them on a negative side. Like in the fourth inning, when with the bases loaded, Dioner Navarro hit a ball near first -- a possible double-play ball -- but Lance Niekro dropped it, recovering in time to get Navarro at first while Jeff Kent scored. In the fifth, with Randy Winn on base, Omar Vizquel's hot shot was snared by Perez, who rifled a throw to first, catching Vizquel in a double play. "My command was not good whatsoever," said Schmidt. "Somehow I kept it to two runs, but if you take the walks away, you have no runs up there and it's a different ballgame. "Obviously I take that one personally and put our guys to sleep more than anything," he added. "So that was a tough one personally. I just could not find a good rhythm, just couldn't get it going. I'm hoping to get a good bullpen [session] in next time and iron a few things out here." Giants reliever Scott Munter saw his ERA go from 0.00 to 2.45 when he allowed a run in the bottom of the eighth, as Kent singled and later scored on James Loney's base hit. Sunday's mystery starter was announced postgame, the nod going to Triple-A Fresno right-hander Brad Hennessey, who was slated to pitch for the Grizzlies on Sunday. Hennessey, 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA over two starts, will likely stay as the fifth starter with Noah Lowry on the shelf with a strained right oblique muscle. To make room on the roster, reliever Jeremy Accardo was optioned to Fresno. The right-hander had a 7.71 ERA over three appearances covering 2 1/3 innings. That means 43-year-old Jeff Fassero will probably start Monday's 6:40 p.m. PT contest at Phoenix in the opener of a four-game set against the Diamondbacks. Manager Alou noted Giants reliever Kevin Correia could also start that game depending on bullpen work Sunday.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.