Ok Ill give the guy some credit, he came back from a bad first inning and pitched pretty well for the rest of the game. Zito pitched 6.0 Innings gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and had 5 k’s. He started off terrible though giving up a 2 run homerun to the Dodgers Matt Kemp in the first inning. To be fair though Kemp had been hitting well off of every Giants pitcher this series. The Giants lost the game 7-5 due to Dan Runzler being very Zito like.
The dickhead Dodgers took the series 3-1 but as Giants fan I am not worried. We played every game close and we never get off to a hot start on the road in So Cal. I would be happy to split the two upcoming games against San Diego (which makes not sense to have a two game series) and bring the team home wheres its time to party like its 2010!
Back to Barry though. He looked very shaky in the first inning and it had the smell of one of those “God Damn’t Zito” type of games. He gave up a single to Furcal to lead the game off, then a triple to the nerdiest looking player on the Dodgers Jamey Carroll and then the long ball to Matt Kemp. After that though he didn’t allow another hit and even pitched through some walks in the 6th to keep the game close. Zito left with a no decision after Pat Burrell launched a deep homerun to tie the game up in the top of the 7th.
***Warning Tangent Ahead***Burrell is a major issue with the team in my opinion. Although I like him a lot, his early season stats pretty much sum up his skill set now adays. He has 14 at bats, 2 hits which are each homeruns, and 5 strikeouts. Not to mention that he is a huge liability in the field. I really think we need to keep him as a Matt Stairs like pinch hitter where he has one job and thats to trot the bases. Once Cody Ross gets back it will be interesting to see what Bochy will do as to keep Brandon Belt on the team he has to keep the water buffalo Aubrey Huff in the outfield which just isn’t working. We give up so much field with Burrell and Huff in the outfield that even with Torres roaming center its just not enough protection for our pitchers. They work to hard to allow balls that could be caught, fall softly to the ground because our outfielder just wasn’t quick enough or didn’t have the right read on the ball off the bat.
Back to Zito though, again. I can’t jump on the guy to much as it was his first inning of the year that he blew it and that can happen to anyone. What I will say though is that his car accident this week was in West Hollywood which is nicknamed ‘Little Frisco’ by the locals…
Here is his line: