Seems like old times
Schilling outduels Maddux, blanks Braves with 12-K gemPosted: Sunday August 17, 2003 4:09 PM
Updated: Sunday August 17, 2003 5:41 PM
Schilling has been on the disabled list twice -- first with an appendectomy, then a broken hand. Maddux has been hit hard in several games, coming into his latest start with an ERA over 4.00.
On Sunday, it was like old times.
"Any time you go against Greg, runs are going to be at a premium. I don't care what his numbers say," Schilling said. "He and I have pitched some games in the past just like this. You have to do everything correct fundamentally. You just have to push to be the first team to score."
The Diamondbacks did that in the seventh, when Alex Cintron broke up a scoreless game with a home run off Maddux. Cintron scored an insurance run in the ninth, when he doubled against Kent Mercker and came home on an RBI single by Rod Barajas.
"You've got to tip your hat," said Maddux, who allowed seven hits in eight innings. "I just got outpitched."
Schilling (7-6) won the power-vs.-finesse matchup with a dominating performance against the NL's best-hitting team. Marcus Giles had the only hit off Schilling, a double in the first that nearly cleared the wall. That was about it for the Braves' offense.
"We all know how good a pitcher he is," Giles said. "He sure proved it today. The same with our pitcher. He threw a pretty good game, too."
In the ninth, Matt Mantei walked Giles and allowed a single to Gary Sheffield, who extended his hitting streak to 21 games and brought the potential winning run to the plate. But Mantei wound up striking out the side, whiffing Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones for his 18th save in 20 chances.
Andruw Jones struck out four straight times -- all swinging -- and Chipper Jones had three Ks, the two accounting for nearly half of Atlanta's season-high 15 strikeouts.
In a telling display of Schilling's sharp stuff, the Braves went down swinging 10 times against him. The right-hander had at least one strikeout in every inning until the eighth, when his right knee appeared to bother him.
After walking Mark DeRosa, Schilling stepped off the mound and flexed his right leg. The trainer came out and examined the knee, and Schilling was given a couple of warmup pitches to test it out before deciding to stay in.
Pinch-hitter Javy Lopez hit a deep fly on the next pitch, but center fielder Steve Finley caught it at the edge of the warning track. Pinch-hitter Matt Franco flied out to in the right-field corner on Schilling's final pitch, ending the eighth.
Schilling hasn't allowed a home run in seven starts, which was especially impressive on this day. The Braves lead the NL in homers and scored 10 runs in each of the first two games of the series.
The right-hander hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts, covering 15 innings. He had 23 strikeouts in those two games.
Maddux (11-10) was coming off a miserable outing against San Diego, one of the NL's lowest-scoring teams. He gave up 13 hits -- one short of his career high -- in just five innings of a 14-4 loss.
The four-time Cy Young winner was much better this time out. Still, it wasn't enough to beat Schilling, who dealt a blow to Maddux's chances of winning 15 games for a record 16th year in a row.
Schilling had his seventh game with double-figure strikeouts, moving past Don Drysdale for 25th place on the career strikeout list with 2,494.
The pitching duel was quite a turn from the first two games of the series. The Braves pounded Randy Johnson in a 10-4 victory Friday night, then rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Diamondbacks 10-6 Saturday.
While Schilling was dominant, Maddux needed some defensive help to keep Arizona off the scoreboard through the first six innings. The Diamondbacks put together three singles in the fourth, the last of which sent Luis Gonzalez scurrying for home.
Andruw Jones scooped up the ball in center and delivered a near-perfect throw to catcher Henry Blanco, who was a couple of feet up the third-base line when he made the catch and tagged Gonzalez simultaneously.
Notes: The Braves were shut out for only the fourth time this year -- the first since April 19. The two hits were a season low. ... Barajas was back in the lineup, two days after the catcher was struck on the right thumb by a foul tip. "He made an amazing recovery," manager Bob Brenly said. ... Arizona 2B Junior Spivey, who came in with a .526 career average against the Braves, was hitless in three at-bats. He reached base when Maddux plunked him with a pitch in the third. ... Maddux will probably get eight more starts this season. He needs to win four to eclipse Cy Young, the only other pitcher to win at least 15 games in 15 consecutive seasons.