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Zito Shuts Down Dodgers; Bats Come Alive in 8-0 Shutout

By Melissa Felkins
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That headline contains two very specific things that I rarely get to write. I have to admit, I wasn’t optimistic about last night. Barry Zito was pitching after struggling just a bit of late. Buster Posey wasn’t in the lineup (the nerve of Bruce Bochey giving him a day of rest).  And well, it was the NL leading Dodgers. But Zito, the Giants, and the Dodgers probably shocked everyone a little last night.  It wasn’t that Zito pitched well. He’s done that this season. It wasn’t that they won, or even that they beat the Dodgers. It’s how they did it.

Batting

The Giants combined for 13 hits last night. That’s just two shy of their season high. Every position player had a hit except Brandon Belt. In fact, of those who got hits, Ryan Theriot and Brandon Crawford were the only ones without a multi-hit game. Pablo Sandoval was  a beast, coming within inches of hitting a ball into the arcade, and going 3 for 3 on the night with 3 RBIs. It was good to see Pablo in Panda mode after going 3 for 11 in Oakland.

Pitching

As much as the hitting thrilled fans, pitching really was what solidified it for the Giants. Zito pitched 7 innings with 0 earned runs and only giving up 3 hits. He issued 3 walks and 4 strike outs. Shane Loux and George Kontos combined for the last 2 innings, giving up 2 hits and 0 earned runs. A Giants shutout is always fun. A Giants shutout over the NL leaders is even better. A Giants shutout over the Dodgers while they are the NL leaders…well, that is just magical, folks.

That really was the story on the night. The Dodgers looked just terrible at the plate. I don’t say that to discredit Zito, he was fantastic. But if the Dodgers keep hitting like they did last night, (and please God, let them) then their season is going to crash and burn very quickly.

Tonight’s game is a game of Aces. Ryan Vogelsong versus Clayton Kershaw. I would expect far less hits into tonight’s game, by either team.

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