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The Return of Barry Zito, Giants Still Win 6-4 Over Houston

By Melissa Felkins

Remember that guy we’ve been bagging on for years? The one that for the most part has been missing this season? Well, the old Barry Zito showed up at Minute Maid Park last night, and despite a 4-0 lead in the first inning, by the middle of the third inning, he made us all remember the past 900 years (based on what it feels like). Bruce Bochy remembered that guy too, and promptly pulled him out midway through the third inning.

It wasn’t all doom and despair though, so we’ll allow Zito his atrocious outing since, for the most part, he’s been leaps and bounds better than previous season in a Giants uniform.

The story of the night was really George Kontos, who replaced Zito in the third and pitched 2.2 inning. Why is he the story? Well, aside from picking up Zito’s slack and giving some long relief, he earned his first big league win last night (and had a beer bath after the game). Congratulations, George Kontos!

Not to be over looked, was Hunter Pence, who spent the majority of his big league career in Houston. Pence probably made the Astros faithful (do they exist?) cringe just a little when he hit a monster 3-run home run in the first inning off of Dallas Keuchel.

Pablo Sandoval contributed an RBI single in the first, scoring Angel Pagan. And Kobe Bryant Joaquin Arias, who has been on fire lately, hit a triple in the sixth, scoring Pence and Sandoval. All the starting position players earned hits with the notable exception of Buster Posey, who was 0 for 3 with a walk, and Brandon Belt, who was 0 for 4.