[picappgallerysingle id="9577071"]The San Francisco Giants lost the important first game of this series against the hated Dodgers. Barry Zito (8-11) continues to figure out a way to lose. This time he let the opposing pitcher beat him with a two run single in the fourth to both knock him out of the game and cost his team the win.
The Giants had just tied the game at two, when Zito promptly gave the lead back. Zito walked Matt Kemp and Casey Blake. He would rebound alittle and give hope that he could get out of the jam by getting Ronnie Belliard and Reed Johnson out. Zito then intentionally walked Barajas to load the bases, setting up Chad Billingsley. Billingsly would collect the two run RBI on the base hit. Right fielder Jose Guillen tried to field Billingsley’s hit, but it rolled under his glove, allowing two runs to score.
Barry Zito continues his wretched streak. Zito gave up four runs and four hits in four innings. He struck out five and walked four as the Dodger roll to a 4-2 win. He is 0-7 in his last 10 outings. Worse is the fact that the man has not gotten past the fourth inning in his previous four starts. Zito had some interesting quotes that need translation after the game.
“What killed me more than anything was the two walks,” Zito said.
Maybe I should pound the strike zone. Control has been the major issue during this stretch. Maybe Righetti and Bochy should take notes.
“I was making some adjustments with my delivery between starts, getting the ball down more and doing what I’ve got to do to make pitches,” he said. “But he was pretty good on the other side.”
I am trying anything to get on track. I did not pitch terrible, but the guy I was facing was a beast.
Billingsley (11-8) was a beast. He would pitch eight dominant innings. He struck out seven and only gave up two hits and two walks. Only Buster Posey solved the man with a two run single in the fourth.
This a tough loss for the Giants. On one hand Zito was not completely wretched. On the other hand he still figures out a way to give up the big hit early. If the Giants want a post season then Zito must revert to form. If not, the Giants will continue to lose every fifth day until the post season dreams are over.