Schmidt tries to snap a three-game home losing streak to the Padres the San Francisco Giants continue a three-game series.
Schmidt went just 2-3 with a 7.18 ERA in five starts against San Diego last season. All of the losses came at SBC Park, where he posted a 9.87 ERA in those outings.
The right-hander is searching for his first win since April 10 after failing to receive a decision last Friday against Arizona. Schmidt allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings in a 4-3, 13-inning win.
San Francisco is hoping that Schmidt can help spark a turnaround after losing six out of eight. The Giants fell to 2-4 on an eight-game homestand with a 5-3 loss on Monday.
Center fielder Marquis Grissom went 0-for-4 and has yet to solve the Padres, going hitless in 10 at-bats against them this season. Edgardo Alfonzo, who is batting a team-high .377, is just 2-for-10 against San Diego.
Manager Felipe Alou was denied in his second bid for his 200th victory with San Francisco.
San Diego has won all three meetings with San Francisco this season and seven of the last 10 against the Giants. Geoff Blum homered and drove in three runs and Woody Williams pitched seven effective innings in Monday’s victory.
Blum has done a nice job of filling in for injured shortstop Khalil Greene, who broke his right ring finger in an 8-3 loss at Los Angeles on April 17. Blum has started six of nine games at shortstop since Greene went down, batting .348 (8-for-23) in those starts.
The Padres snapped a seven-game road losing streak with Monday’s win. They had managed to score only 16 runs during their slide away from home.