Barry Zito brought his 5.24 ERA (11.81 since the All-Star break!) into Great American Bandbox to face Johnny Cueto with his 1.88 ERA, and left with. . . a 5.62 ERA and the loss as the Cincinnati Reds won today’s game 9-0 to sweep the series. In contrast, Cueto’s ERA now stands at 1.72.
The Giants put both Aaron Rowand and newly acquired Orlando Cabrera into today’s line-up. I don’t want to get used to that.
Zito started off the game by allowing 3 hits, a wild pitch and 2 runs scored before recording his first out. Then he gave up another hit and another run before getting the last two outs (one out kindly provided by Jay Bruce getting picked off of 1B and thrown out at 2B). This brought the number of runs scored by the Reds in the first inning during this series to 10.
In the second inning, Zito got two quick outs but then walked Cueto and his .037 BA on 4 straight pitches, followed by another hit. He managed to somehow get out of the inning without any runs.
Final line for Zito: 5.0IP/8H/5ER/2BB/4K. Zito’s velocity was simply horrible. His fastball topped out at 84 MPH, with no location. Some pitches crawled across the plate at 70 MPH. And his next start is not a sure thing. Bruce Bochy and Dave Righetti will be sitting down to determine who to start against the Phillies on Friday (may I suggest Eric Surkamp?).
Guillermo Mota didn’t have a particularly good outing either, giving up a three-run homerun to Joey Votto (with no outs) in the 7th inning.
There is not much to say about the Giants’ offense. Jeff Keppinger got one hit in the 1st inning, then the Giants were kept off the bases until a Belt walk and Rowand single got men on base in the 6th (although no runs scored). The Giants’ only other hit of the game came from Carlos Beltran.
The Giants now come home to face a seriously motivated (and newly improved via trades) Diamondbacks team and the Phillies. The team’s hold on first place in the division will be seriously tested, particularly if the offense can’t start scoring some runs.