Schilling allows only one hit in eight innings
ATLANTA (AP) -- This hasn't been a typical season for Curt
Schilling or Greg Maddux.
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.
Schilling pitched one-hit ball for eight innings and struck out
12 in a classic duel with Maddux, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks
over the Atlanta Braves 2-0 Sunday.
"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
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
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
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
ATL Wins 3-1
- Home Plate Umpire - Fieldin Culbreth
- First Base Umpire - Terry Craft
- Second Base Umpire - Charlie Reliford
- Third Base Umpire - Marty Foster