Jason Schmidt is trying not to think about the records he’s approaching. He just wants to go out and pitch.
The 31-year-old right-hander has been one of the best pitchers in the majors this season, and he shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.
Schmidt held the Colorado Rockies to four hits over eight innings Saturday in a 4-0 victory. He struck out eight and walked two to remain unbeaten over his last 16 starts.
“Right now, that guy is walking to the mound in the first inning and pitching,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “I’m not talking throwing hard, I mean pitching. He had a tremendous breaking ball today and changeup. He’s using all his pitches right away in the first inning.”
Schmidt’s winning streak of 12 consecutive decisions is the longest in the majors since Toronto’s Roy Halladay won 15 straight last season. He is also closing in on Jack Sanford’s team record of 16 straight wins set in 1962.
“I try not to think about it,” Schmidt said. “I remember last year when Halladay won like 15 in a row, I was like, ‘How in the heck can anybody do that?’ It’s insane. A little run support and a lot of great defense helps a lot.”
The Giants had won four of six before falling 7-1 in Wednesday’s series opener.
San Diego’s Jake Peavy won for the fifth time in six starts, and the Padres finished with 16 hits to pull into a tie with the Giants for second place in the NL West.
Nevin, who had been out since July 5 while recovering from knee surgery, was activated from the disabled list before the game. He went 2-for-4 and scored two runs.