(Sports Network) - Barry Zito eyes another terrific showing on Saturday when
the San Francisco Giants continue a three-game series with the San Diego
Padres at Petco Park.
Zito opened the year by tossing seven scoreless innings in each of his first
two starts, then was rocked for nine runs in only 2 2/3 frames on April 16.
But, the former American League Cy Young Award winner rebounded nicely his
last time out against San Diego, as he scattered five hits over seven
scoreless innings to improve to 3-1, while lowering his ERA to 3.42.
"He didn't change anything (after his last start)", San Francisco manager
Bruce Bochy said. "Great job on Barry's part bouncing back and throwing such a
great game. You need to be resilient in this game. I felt like he threw well,
had good command and had good pitches."
Zito, though, is 5-9 against the Padres with a 4.52 ERA in 22 games (21
San Diego will counter with the same hurler who lost to Zito last Sunday in
lefty Eric Stults, who is 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA. Stults was nowhere near as
sharp as his counterpart last weekend, as the Giants ripped him for five runs
and eight hits in seven innings.
Stults has faced the Giants 12 times (10 starts) and is 4-3 against them with
a 4.94 ERA.
In Friday's opener, Andrew Cashner shined on both the mound and at the plate
to lead San Diego to a 2-1 victory.
Cashner (1-1) held the Giants to one run on five hits while striking out five
over six strong innings in his second start of the season, and added a single
and a stolen base while scoring a key run that helped the Padres to a second
straight win following a five-game skid.
Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso each came through with RBI singles for San
Diego, while Huston Street stranded a pair of Giants in the ninth to close out
San Francisco, which entered the set off back-to-back extra-inning defeats to
Arizona, was dealt a third straight narrow loss despite a solid showing from
Tim Lincecum (2-1). The two-time NL Cy Young winner yielded two runs while
fanning nine batters over seven frames in a hard-luck outcome.
"I thought he threw the ball well," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He left
a couple pitches up, but I'll take that outing any time."
Angel Pagan, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt all collected two hits for the
Giants, who went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
The Giants swept the Padres last weekend and they have won six of their past
eight in San Diego.
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