Wednesday, April 10, 2013

"They brought their hitting shoes"

Half a century ago, that's what you'd sometimes say when you got creamed in a softball game. That must be how the Rox feel today after a 10-0 whitewash by the Giants.

It's a strange time for us fans who were advocating that the Giants ditch Zito a year ago -- here we are now with 16 straight starts in which the team has WON. When Zito is on the mound, these guys HIT.

And we are used to losing games 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. Now we are 6-3 for the season. THAT is the way to start . Here's Willie Bans story for --


After tossing a seven-inning shutout in his season debut, Zito (2-0, 0.00 ERA) tossed another Wednesday, spreading seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts. He even contributed offensively: along with his sac bunt during the second-inning onslaught, he singled and scored in the fifth, and singled to left in the sixth before chants of "Barry! Barry!" in his first career multihit game (2-for-3 with three runs).
"You can't have more confidence than what Barry has right now," manager Bruce Bochy said.
It was the 16th consecutive game, including last postseason, in which San Francisco won with Zito starting.
The way the Giants were swinging, though, they didn't even need him to be so sharp. San Francisco banged out 16 hits, including six extra-base hits, and six different players tallied at least a hit and an RBI.
"Today the boys came out swinging it," Zito said.
The victory was the ninth in a row against the Rockies (5-4) and the second consecutive sweep.
Angel Pagan led off the game with a single, and two batters later Buster Posey brought him in from first on a deep triple to right-center, making it 1-0. With two outs, Joaquin Arias -- starting at third base to give Sandoval a break -- singled to left to score Posey.
In the second inning, Brandon Crawford led off by doubling to the warning track in right-center. Zito laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, moved Crawford to third and beat the throw to reach first safely. Pagan walked, Marco Scutaro drove in Crawford on a sac fly and Posey plated Zito from third on a ground-rule double to right-center. Hunter Pence then hit a grounder to third baseman Chris Nelson, who gloved it diving left, but his throw -- meant to start a rundown -- to catcher Wilin Rosario was off target and allowed Pagan to score on the throwing error for a 5-0 Giants lead.
Francis intentionally walked Arias, Brandon Belt popped out, and Andres Torres looped a two-RBI single to right, making it 7-0 and ending Francis' day. Francis, who entered with a career 5.72 ERA in 61 1/3 innings at AT&T Park, allowed seven hits, seven runs and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. It was the shortest outing of Francis' career.
"You miss a pitch, and they whack it," Francis said. "And then you make a pitch. They whack it, too."


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