I know what you’re thinking but, this isn’t the second game I’m not going to give Barry Zito crap. This was a bad game but, even after walking three and giving up the Grand Slam, Zito managed five innings. It wasn’t pretty but, that’s what the Giants need from their starters, they need starting pitchers to eat innings.
Zito had the most difficult job today. After Madison Bumgarner (7.2 IP, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12K and also hit a HR) and Matt Cain (9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 14K) dominated the Astros, they were probably pissed off, regardless of how crappy they’ve played this year. The biggest problem for Zito came in the 3rd inning when he walked three Astros in a row. Then, the Astros clean-up hitter came to bat and cleaned the bases with a Grand Slam. Zito clearly had a problem locating the strike zone that inning. The fifth inning looked similar the third with the exception that Pablo Sandoval was a throw short to completing an around the horn triple play. Well, they got the double play and, Zito did retire the following batter.
Shane Loux looked good in two innings of relief with 1 H and 0 ER. He looks to be the guy that’s going to give the Giants their long relief for the rest of the year with Guillermo Mota pretty much out for the rest of the season.
Since, Tuesday, June 12, 2012 Brandon Belt has hit three home runs in three days. If he continues hitting one home run per day he’ll end the year with 100. Hey, we can dream can’t we. The home run he hit today would have been a home run in all 30 mlb parks per ESPN’s baseball tracker and it was a splash hit.
Other notables for the day; Pablo Sandoval went two for four and both of his hits would have been called balls but, it’s still fun to see him get a base hit with a ball thrown outside and at his ankles.