Friday, April 05, 2013

Zito!!!!

What a way to win the home opener!

I know it's just one game out of 162, but some games have a little more weight than others. This was one of them. From Chris Haft's recap on mlb.com -- 




Barry Zito, without whom the Giants might not have earned the World Series championship banner that they raised before Friday's game, surrendered three hits in seven innings to help San Francisco outlast the St. Louis Cardinals, 1-0.
The Giants won their 15th game in a row that Zito pitched, dating back to last year and including the postseason. Zito furnished one of San Francisco's most critical victories last October by blanking the Cardinals for 7 2/3 innings in the Giants' 5-0 triumph in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
Zito was equally sharp this time in the Giants' home opener. He retired 15 of 17 batters beginning with the first inning's final out. The Cardinals then moved their first runner into scoring position as Allen Craig singled and advanced on Matt Carpenter's two-out walk in the seventh. Zito responded by retiring Pete Kozma on a fly ball.
Jeremy Affeldt relieved Zito and pitched a perfect eighth inning before Sergio Romo worked the ninth for his third save in three games.

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