Jason Schmidt felt good after his most recent start. He just didn’t pitch well.
Schmidt lasted just 3 2-3 innings Saturday, giving up six runs and 10 hits in a 9-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
“I probably should have used my fastball more,” the 31-year-old right-hander said. “I tried to finesse too much. The positive thing is I got through this start. I felt pretty good. I didn’t feel that far off.”
Schmidt left his previous start—San Francisco’s 5-4 win over Montreal on Aug. 17—with a strained right groin, which then caused him to miss his next scheduled turn in the rotation.
Schmidt said his recent injury was not much of a factor in his disappointing effort against Atlanta.
“In the back of my mind I was worried about what would happen if I really let it go and drive off the mound,” Schmidt said. “But what are you going to do? You have to get back in the groove.
“I really felt I had good rhythm the last four outings and thought it would click. You can’t take that many days off, but I really didn’t feel too far off.”
The Giants have dropped three of their last four games, including a 4-1 loss to the Rockies on Wednesday, falling one game behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race.
Barry Bonds walked three times and had just one official at-bat Wednesday, when he flied out to center in the seventh. The slugger stayed at 696 career home runs for the third straight day. He said he hopes to reach the 700 mark during this six-game homestand, which ends Sunday.
Jamey Wright pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to win for the first time in seven starts, helping the Rockies snap a season-high eight-game losing streak.
Colorado had lost nine straight road games, one shy of the franchise record, and had dropped its first eight on a season-high 12-game road trip.