Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The last man standing

Who would have thought two years ago -- when Barry Zito couldn't win in Game 161 and Jonathan Sanchez closed out the Padres in Game 162 with stout-hearted pitching -- that Barry would throw 7 innings of shutout ball against the Braves on the same day that the KC Royals DFAd Sanchez?

Not me.

Jonathan managed to pitch into the 8th of the NLDS Game 3 against the Braves, leading to the Brooks Conrad giveaway in the 9th. Meanwhile, Zito wasn't even on the postseason roster.

Here's Henry Schulman of SF Chronicle on Zito --  
Eighteen starts into the season, it's getting harder to dismiss the Zito renaissance.
"It's been a real pleasure to see how well he's bounced back, especially after he had a tough spring," Bochy said. "He's tough, mentally tough, and he's done a great job for us."

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