Giants 6, Padres 4
Schmidt pitched eight solid innings Tuesday night to reach 50 victories faster than any pitcher in San Francisco history, leading the Giants to a 6-4 win over San Diego.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 50-17 in 89 starts since joining the Giants in the 2001 season. In his 10th big league season, Schmidt is 99-70. Juan Marichal reached 50 wins after 97 starts for the Giants, whose first season in San Francisco was 1958.
“I didn’t know there was a stat for that,” Schmidt said. “I guess that’s great.”
Herges escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning, preserving the win for Schmidt.
“That was awesome,” Schmidt said. “We needed that. That was a high for him, and I’ll have to take him out to dinner for that.”
Dustan Mohr went 3-for-3 with a homer for the Giants, who ended a six-game losing skid against the Padres. His two-run shot in the sixth made it 6-2.
“It was nice to hit one like that,” Mohr said. “More importantly, it gave us two extra runs that turned out to be pretty big. When I get a chance to play, I want to do something, whether it’s a hit or a play on defense to help us win.”
Schmidt (13-3) rebounded from one of his worst starts of the season—the Padres ended his career-high 12-game winning streak Thursday. In that outing, he gave up eight runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings.
“I wasn’t getting the ball down the first five innings, but for some reason I settled down,” Schmidt said. “Then I was able to get the ball down and the changeup going.”
On Tuesday, Schmidt allowed three runs—two earned—and seven hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
“You take your chances there, bases loaded and no one out,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “But it just didn’t happen.”
Herges entered and allowed a single to Phil Nevin that loaded the bases. He then got Brian Giles to ground into a force at home and Jay Payton to hit into a 4-6-3 double play on the next pitch to end it for his 23rd save in 30 opportunities.
“There was a little more pent-up emotion in the fact that we have to capitalize every time that Schmidt throws a gem like that,” Herges said. “We have to win these games. It’s very nice to be the last guy out there and shake hands with everybody. They’ve had our number, so it was big.”
Giants manager Felipe Alou decided not to turn to Herges to start the ninth because of the reliever’s heavy workload recently
“That was a big save—for our franchise,” Alou said. “He’s done that two or three times this season. He’s done the impossible.”
Mohr’s fourth homer of the season followed Yorvit Torrealba’s one-out single and hit the Western Metal building in left field.
Wells (6-6) gave up six runs on 10 hits in six innings with two strikeouts and no walks, ending his four-game winning streak.
“I just left a lot of pitches over the plate for them to hit,” Wells said. “And that’s one things you can’t do with this team—they’re murder you.”
The Padres scored an unearned run in the second, and Payton hit an RBI single in the third.
Padres 3B Sean Burroughs saved a run in the fourth, when he made a diving stop of a grounder at third base and threw from his knees to get Torrealba trying to score from third. Torrealba argued that he got a hand on the plate ahead of the tag by catcher Ramon Hernandez, and replays seemed to back him up. … In his two losses to San Diego this season, Schmidt gave up 14 earned runs in 9 2-3 innings.