Schmidt hopes to get the second half of his season off to a good start as the Giants continue a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
After having offseason shoulder surgery and beginning the season on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness, Schmidt lost his first two starts of the season. However, the right-hander beat Atlanta 3-2 on April 26 for his 10th straight win.
“I didn’t expect to be sitting here, I’ll tell you that,” said Schmidt, who was selected as an All-Star for the second time in his career. “I didn’t expect to have 11 wins. I didn’t expect to do much until the second half. I thought I would rehab at first and maybe win some games 15-10. But it worked out for the best.”
Schmidt decided not to pitch in the All-Star game because he threw two days earlier, allowing two runs and five hits in eight innings of a 9-2 win over the Diamondbacks on July 11.
“He’s carried us,” second baseman Ray Durham said. “We’ve definitely jumped on his back, and that’s why he’s going to the All-Star game. He’s up among the upper echelon of No. 1 starters in the league.”
However, Schmidt did get to spend time with Johnson and Houston’s Roger Clemens.
“It’s awesome,” said Schmidt when told what Johnson had said of him. “It’s a small club and I don’t know if I’m in it. It’s just great they wanted to come over and talk to me.”
The Giants lost 7-1 to the Rockies on Friday, snapping a four-game winning streak. Pedro Feliz had two doubles for San Francisco in a game that was delayed 2 hours, 25 minutes because of rain.
Todd Greene had two homers and four RBIs for the Rockies, who have won nine of their last 12. Matt Holliday connected one pitch after Greene’s second homer for Colorado, which bounced back from Friday’s 7-5 loss in which they allowed four ninth-inning runs.