Series: Game 3 of 3

Arizona won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 5
Arizona 2Final
Milwaukee 6
Game 2: Saturday, April 6
Arizona 6Final
Milwaukee 3
Game 3: Sunday, April 7
Arizona 2Final
Milwaukee 0

Diamondbacks 2

(4-2, 2-1 away)

Brewers 0

(2-4, 1-2 home)

    2:05 PM ET, April 7, 2002

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: C. Schilling (2-0)

    L: B. Sheets (1-1)

    Schilling fans career-high 17 in one-hitter

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Curt Schilling has never been more dominant than he was Sunday.

    Curt Schilling

    Curt Schilling has won 49 games in two-plus seasons with the Diamondbacks.

    He struck out a career-high 17 and threw his second career one-hitter in overpowering Milwaukee and leading the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Brewers 2-0.

    "I don't know if he can pitch any better," Brewers manager Davey Lopes said. "And if he can I don't want to see it."

    But Eric Young swears he's seen Schilling sharper than this.

    "It was on TV," Young said. "In the World Series."

    Schilling had three stellar starts in the World Series, where he was named co-MVP with fellow ace Randy Johnson.

    Schilling was so motivated by his postseason performance that he vowed to approach the new season with similar ferocity. And it's produced 16 shutout innings, and only seven hits and two walks to go with 26 strikeouts.

    "My goal going into spring training this year was to be where I was in October last year," Schilling said. "I feel that in my first two starts I've done that."

    Schilling (2-0) allowed only Raul Casanova's clean single to right field in the second inning. He did not permit a runner to reach second base.

    The shutout was the Diamondbacks' third of the season in six games.

    Schilling was so dominating that fans took to cheering foul balls in the latter innings.

    Schilling struck out seven of the first 10 batters he faced and fanned the side in the third and fifth innings. He outdueled Ben Sheets (1-1), who gave up one run on five hits in seven innings.

    Schilling, who opened the year with seven shutout innings against San Diego, fanned Young for the second out in the ninth, breaking his previous career best of 16 strikeouts set Sept. 1, 1997, against the New York Yankees.

    He fanned Geoff Jenkins, Tyler Houston and Jose Hernandez three times each.

    Casanova was the only Brewers starter who didn't whiff.

    "It was tough to hit the ball," said Casanova, who hit a cutter over the plate for Milwaukee's only hit. "Last night, I struck out three times, so I told myself just make contact today."

    Sheets matched Schilling until the fifth, when Junior Spivey broke a scoreless tie by lining a two-out single that scored Mark Grace, who had doubled with one out and taken third on David Dellucci's groundout.

    "With Junior coming up and me on deck, I'm sure Sheets learned a lesson today, a mistake that he won't make again," Schilling said. "Unfortunately, that's how you have to learn those lessons. I've learned my share."

    Sheets said he felt he could get Spivey out and start off the sixth with Schilling leading off.

    "I'm not stupid. I know who's up on deck. Obviously, guys who are hitting in the eighth hole, they're not hitting in the three hole for a reason. If I make that pitch, great pitch and you're starting with the pitcher the next inning and nobody's asking me this," he said.

    "I just didn't make the pitch. I'm not going to let that take away from my outing today, one bad pitch. If I can stick with this performance and do this all year, I'm going to win a lot more games than I'm going to lose from one pitch."

    Lopes wasn't going to fret over it, either.

    "Those are the kind of mistakes you can't make in a tight game when you're pitching against a guy like Schilling," Lopes said. "But we weren't scoring anyhow, so it really doesn't make any difference."

    Sheets said what he'll take from the game isn't so much his misplaced fastball but the inspiration he drew from watching Schilling's performance.

    "I want to be the one doing that kind of stuff. I mean, he's where I want to be," Sheets said. "I'm not far, I'm getting there. One-hundred pitches, I made one mistake."

    Game notes

    Dellucci hit his first homer, a ninth-inning shot off Jose Cabrera. ... Schilling also threw a one-hitter against the Mets on Sept. 9, 1992. ... The Diamondbacks won't be back at Miller Park this season, although Arizona manager Bob Brenly will return in July as manager of the NL All-Stars. ... Schilling hadn't faced the Brewers since Aug. 23, 2000, and hadn't pitched in Milwaukee since Sept. 4, 1998. ... The Brewers aren't opening or closing the roof after games for fans' enjoyment as they did last year. Part of the reason is that engineers are looking into a loud popcorn-like noise coming from the giant pivot. Scott Jenkins, the Brewers' vice president of stadium operations, said tests show the structure is safe and sound. Fans can't hear the noise -- it's only audible if the stadium is empty and quiet. But the Brewers decided not to open or close the roof unnecessarily. "It's not a toy," Jenkins said.

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