Zito, Giants beaten 6-1 by the Rockies
Barry Zito was very good throughout last season, and even better
in the postseason when he went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three playoff
Now, the San Francisco left-hander can only shake his head in
disbelief as he struggles through this season.
In his second start since returning to the Giants’ rotation,
Zito allowed five runs and nine hits and struck out one in four
innings of San Francisco’s 6-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies on
He is 0-8 with a 9.61 ERA on the road this season and has no
answers for his troubles.
”I don’t know. I don’t know,” Zito said. ”I’ve looked at tape
of my starts in the playoffs and my starts this year. I’ve made
more pitches this year without the results.”
Colorado’s Todd Helton homered to move within three hits of
2,500. Juan Nicasio tossed six shutout innings and added an RBI
single, and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies.
”He left some pitches up and he paid for them,” San Francisco
manager Bruce Bochy said of Zito (4-10). ”He had trouble with the
Buster Posey singled and reached base for the 49th straight game
Zito worked out of trouble in the first inning before the
Rockies got to him in the second.
Nolan Arenado led off with a bloop single – one of his three
hits – and Helton crushed a 1-1 curveball into the Rockies bullpen
to give Colorado a 2-0 lead. It was Helton’s ninth homer of the
season and the 363rd of his 17-year career.
Blackmon, who entered the game in the second inning for Dexter
Fowler, led off the third with his fourth homer to give the Rockies
a 3-0 lead. Colorado tacked on two more runs in the fourth on a
bases-loaded single by Nicasio and a ground out by Blackmon.
”I looked the film on the home runs. Buster had his glove on
the ground and that’s where the pitches were,” Zito said. ”I
wanted the curveballs down and away and that’s where they
The Giants got a scare when right fielder Hunter Pence crashed
into the wall trying to track down Michael Cuddyer’s triple in the
first inning. Pence lay on the warning track before San Francisco’s
trainers came out to tend to him. After a brief examination he
stayed in the game.
”He hit the wall pretty good, I mean really good, and got the
wind knocked out of him,” Bochy said. ”Once he got his wind back
he was all right.”
Pence and the Giants couldn’t do much against Nicasio (8-6), who
tied a season high with nine strikeouts and allowed four hits. He
worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and pitched
around two hit-batters before leaving after 95 pitches.
Nicasio finished his night by striking out Brandon Crawford with
runners on first and third to end the sixth.
The Giants spoiled the shutout attempt on Joaquin Arias’ two-out
RBI double off Jeff Francis in the ninth.
NOTES: The outfield sprinklers came on briefly while the Giants
were in the field in the fourth inning. … Giants LHP Jeremy
Affeldt (left groin strain) threw a bullpen session in Arizona on
Monday. He next will go on a rehab assignment. … San Francisco OF
Andres Torres (left Achilles strain) flew to North Carolina to see
a specialist. … Giants RHP Yusmeiro Petit (0-0) will face
Colorado RHP Chad Bettis (0-2) on Tuesday night.