Wasn’t it great watching Barry again? I meant both Barry Zito and Barry Bonds. Zito went 7.0+ IP with 2 ER on 7 Hits. Zito even gave up two lead off doubles and they did not reach home plate. Zito has had a couple of bad starts (See Milwaukee Brewers Game last week) However, the offense gave Zito a 4-0 lead by the end of the second inning. Four runs is the magic number for the majority of our pitchers and especially at AT&T Park.
Based on their new cheer at the end of the game, it appears that Gregor Blanco, Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan have melded in the outfield and in the lineup. Today, the first four batters were the outfielders. I know a lot of people see Pagan as the number 4 hitter and roll their eyes (I know I did) but, it worked today. When Pagan stole second base in the first, that allowed Blanco to steal home, it was awesome.
After the double steal to put Pagan on second, Hector Sanchez hit an RBI single to right field. The Brandon Belt came to bat and everyone and their dog on the radio and TV stated he had made adjustments to his batting stance. Sure enough Belt hits an RBI triple and as most of twitter said, this was Sanchez’s worst nightmare as he had to run home from first base. That triple expanded the Giants league leading triple total to 19.
The other run was scored on a Gregor Blanco double, that scored Emmanuel Burriss. After that, the Giants bats were quiet the rest of the game.
In the eighth inning Clay Hensley pitched to three batters and Santiago Casilla saved the game with a little help from Gregor Blanco. Ryan Roberts was the last at bat for Arizona and they had runners on first and second. Roberts hit a ball that was close to being off the right field wall but, Blanco was able to make the catch and the game was over.
I’ll end it with this; I no longer regret when I turn on the television and Barry Zito is pitching.