Barry Zito pitched really well, and no that is not sarcastic. His fast ball hit in the 90′s a couple of times, and he was hitting his spots with some zip on it. Sure he pitched a gem against the shitty Padres (don’t let their record fool you, they are still as bad as they were last year) but I think he would have had good results against most teams with the way he threw.
Unfortunately Zito got Cain’ed and the Giants scored zero runs while he was on the mound. We ended up beating the Padres on Bengie Molina’s two out ground rule double in the bottom of the ninth.
The way we won was actually pretty funny. Andres Torres singled to right and stole second during Eugenio Velez’s strikeout. That brought up Fred Lewis with Emmanuel Burriss on deck. The Padres decided to intentionally walk Freddy Lewis to get to the 0 for the century Burriss. As soon as they threw the first ball to Lewis, Bengie Molina (who had the day off and didn’t take batting practice) stepped outside the dugout to the on deck circle. The crowd of 26,593 fans (smallest since we opened At&t) erupted. Bengie showed how clutch he is, and ended the game.
Back to Zito though, like I have said before I am a Giants fan, so I am always routing for Zito. He just finally delivered.
Zito only allowed one runner past second base, and for the first time since July of last year, did not have a walk. He also lowered his ERA from 10.00 to a career low 5.63 (still have to get my jabs in).
“I just wanted to be aggressive today and let the hitters on the other side earn it themselves instead of falling behind and giving them free passes,” said Zito. “As good a [rotation] that we have, we want to go out and help the team more than the last guy did. Some of these outings were pretty impressive, but I’m just glad to get a win today, too.”