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Schmidt's one-hitter overshadowed05/19/2004 1:35 AM ET
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- On a night when Giants pitcher Jason Schmidt played second fiddle to Mr. Perfect, Arizona hurler Randy Johnson, somehow it didn't seem that important. Schmidt allowed only a fifth-inning, infield single to Michael Barrett in tossing a complete-game, 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, snapping the Giants' four-game losing streak. Won't rate the headines? Nope, not in the shadow of the Big Unit. But hey, it's OK. "Yeah, that's all right -- he threw a perfect game and well-deserved," said Schmidt with a smile. "I'm happy for him. That's awesome. I can't wait to go back and watch the highlights." He had a few highlights himself, almost single-handedly beating the Cubs by striking out 13 batters and singling twice himself. "Usually it takes a couple of innings to get the flow, to start throwing the ball downhill and working on his pitches," crowed manager Felipe Alou. "From the first pitch on, he was on tonight. That was encouraging to see him in command from the get-go." Barrett's ball prevented Schmidt from making the no-hit history books.
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