With the performances Schmidt has been turning in lately, it’s tough to argue with Alou.
Schmidt will be looking to pitch his fourth consecutive complete game when the Giants meet the San Diego Padres in the middle game of their series at Qualcomm Stadium.
“He’s worthy of a lot of stuff,” Alou said. “He’s really turned his career around. I’ve never had a pitcher like that since Pedro Martinez.”
In tossing three straight complete games, Schmidt has allowed only one earned run. That came on Monday, when he held the St. Louis Cardinals to seven hits in a 5-1 victory.
“Anybody would be happy right now,” Schmidt said. “Let’s just keep it going—that’s all I can say.”
Alou, for one, can definitely see this streak continuing.
“The guy we had on the mound, he’ll do that against anybody,” he said. “Who specializes in hitting that kind of stuff? Where are they?”
The Padres are hoping they can answer that question for Alou. After winning a season-high five straight games, San Diego fell 8-6 in Friday’s series opener.
Barry Bonds hit a two-run homer, his 25th of the season, to highlight a five-run fourth inning as the Giants won for the ninth time in 13 games.
It was Bonds’ 638th career homer, and the two RBIs gave him 1,704 for his career, moving him out of a tie with Reggie Jackson and into sole possession of 15th on the all-time list.
STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place, NL West. Padres - 5th place, 22 GB, NL West.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Schmidt (8-3, 2.14 ERA). In 13 career games against the Padres, Schmidt is 7-2 with a 3.31 ERA.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Kevin Jarvis (0-2, 6.14 ERA). Jarvis has struggled recently, giving up at least four earned runs in three straight starts. On Sunday, he worked five innings, allowing five runs and eight hits, but he did not get a decision in the Padres’ 8-6 win over the Seattle Mariners. The 33-year-old right-hander is 1-6 with a 7.43 ERA in 11 career games against the Giants.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Giants - Ray Durham, .314 avg.; Bonds, 25 HRs, 52 RBIs and 59 runs; Durham, Bonds and Marquis Grissom, 7 SBs. Padres - Mark Loretta, .303 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 18 HRs and 51 RBIs; Xavier Nady and Rondell White, 39 runs; Ramon Vazquez and Shane Victorino, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 6-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - CF Grissom is batting .143 (2-for-14) in his career against RHP Jarvis. … LF Bonds has 73 career homers against the Padres, his most against any team. … C Benito Santiago left Friday’s game after jamming his left pinky finger while sliding into third base. Padres - The Padres have activated INF Lou Merloni from the 15-day disabled list and have placed INF Keith Lockhart on the DL with a lower back strain. … CF Mark Kotsay is batting .367 (11-for-30) during a six-game hitting streak. … RF Nady is 2-for-15 in his last four games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 27-18 on the road; Padres - 15-28 at home.
INJURIES: Giants - OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL. Padres - INF Keith Lockhart (back), 15-day DL; INF Ramon Vazquez (abdomen), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL.