San Francisco (55-46) at San Diego (55-44)

Cloudy Currently: San Diego, CA
Temp: 70° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 27, 2004
  • TV: KTVU, Ch4
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In a season where Jason Schmidt has dominated the National League, the San Diego Padres have been an exception.

Schmidt will get a crack at the team that ended his 12-game winning streak when the San Francisco Giants play the middle game of their series at Petco Park.

The Padres ended Schmidt’s winning streak on Thursday, as David Wells outpitched the right-hander in a 9-4 win. Schmidt gave up eight runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings in losing for the first time since April 21, when the Padres beat him 11-0.

The hard-throwing right-hander is 0-2 with a 13.04 ERA against San Diego this season, allowing 16 hits, including two homers, in just 9 2-3 innings. He is 12-1 with a 2.00 ERA against the rest of the NL.

Schmidt’s unbeaten run was the majors’ longest since Toronto’s Roy Halladay won 15 straight last season.

After Thursday’s loss, Schmidt said he felt umpire Matt Hollowell was squeezing both pitchers after Wells’ complained earlier in the game.

“There was a lot of funny stuff going on,” Schmidt said. “It was a mind-boggling afternoon. Every umpire has got his own zone, and you’ve got to adjust to it.”

The Giants need Schmidt to find a way to beat the Padres after dropping Monday’s series opener 3-2. The Padres, who have won eight of 10 meetings between the teams this season, moved a game ahead of the Giants for second place in the NL West.

Brian Giles hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to lift the Padres. San Diego starter Jake Peavey had pitched 5 1-3 hitless innings before surrendering four hits sandwiched around an intentional walk to Barry Bonds, resulting in two runs and a 2-2 tie.

The Padres had taken a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning on Khalil Greene’s sixth homer of the season.

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J. Schmidt LAD vs. D. Wells LAD
18-7 Record 12-8
3.20 ERA 3.73
251 K 101
77 BB 20
1.08 WHIP 1.14