Giants 3, Diamondbacks 1
Whatever Moss is hearing, it’s working wonders.
“That’s probably the best I’ve thrown all year,” Moss said. “I don’t care who I beat. I just want to throw up good numbers.”
His numbers Tuesday didn’t even include a strikeout, and it didn’t matter— “Strikeouts I don’t care about,” he said.
Marquis Grissom had two hits, including an RBI single, and the Giants increased their NL West lead to nine games over the second-place Diamondbacks. It is San Francisco’s largest margin since finishing 11 games ahead of the Dodgers in 2000.
Barry Bonds had an RBI single in the first and Pedro Feliz singled in a run in the second. The Giants won for the 11th time in 14 games, relying on pitching and several nice defensive stops to remain undefeated on this 11-game homestand to start the second half.
Tim Worrell pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances and second in two nights.
The Diamondbacks have lost four straight, and all four of their games at Pacific Bell Park this season.
Moss (9-6) got through the first inning in nine pitches and was successful getting ahead in the count most of the game. He threw first-pitch strikes to 12 of the first 20 Arizona batters through five and to 15 of 28 hitters total.
“Good pitching, huh?” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “He was a very aggressive pitcher tonight. He threw his fastball to almost any spot he wanted to throw it and he threw some curveballs he hasn’t been throwing. I see a better, more compact delivery that leads to better location. I don’t know what the change has been.”
The left-hander has won his last two starts after going winless in his previous four outings. He is beginning to show signs of the early season form that helped him start a career-best 5-0.
Moss allowed six hits and one run, walking two and striking out none. He beat the Diamondbacks for the second time in 2003 to improve to 2-0 lifetime against Arizona in five appearances.
Moss, who used to work with a sports psychologist while with the Braves, has been speaking to Dorfman on the phone for several weeks.
“Baseball’s 90 percent mental,” Moss said. “If you can overcome the mental stuff it’s a whole lot easier to go out there and pitch.”
Schilling (5-5), making his third start since missing six weeks with a broken right hand, was tagged for three straight singles in the first. Schilling won last Thursday at San Diego, and he pitched well enough to win this time—Moss was just a bit better.
“It’s a loss,” Schilling said. “I didn’t make pitches. It’s frustrating. I don’t know what else to say. … The urgency is they’re better than us. They outplayed us, they outhit us and they outpitched us. That’s why they’re nine games ahead. We’ve just got to find a way to get the job done. Somebody’s got to step up and get the job done.”
After allowing a one-out, pinch-hit single to Andres Galarraga in the seventh and getting Ray Durham to ground out, Schilling loaded the bases. He plunked J.T. Snow in the upper right arm with a pitch, and Snow tossed his protective shin guard in anger. Grissom singled home Galarraga, and Bonds was intentionally walked. Jose Cruz Jr. struck out to end the inning.
Schilling allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.
Bonds’ single in the first scored Snow for a 1-0 lead.
The Giants beat Schilling on July 12 at Bank One Ballpark, with Bonds hitting one of the longest homers in the history of the stadium—a 448-foot smash over the swimming pool in right-center. Schilling allowed five runs insix innings in the 8-1 loss.
LHP Chad Zerbe is the probable starter for San Francisco on Thursday. He will replace Jason Schmidt, who will skip his next start as a precaution because he has mild tendinitis in his right forearm and elbow area. Alou said Zerbe was likely to start as long as the Giants didn’t need him to pitch Wednesday night. … Schilling is 10-10 career against San Francisco. … Pac Bell sold out for the 17th straight game and the 24th time this year, drawing 41,340. … Moss threw 97 pitches, 57 strikes, to Schilling’s 110 pitches, 70 strikes. … San Francisco’s six-game winning streak is its longest since May3-9. … Alou is 754-754 in his 11-year career as a manager.