Baked Zito

   About an hour and half before the game, San Francisco Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum was scratched because of the flu and replaced by Barry Zito.  Zito came in 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA and was skipped in his last spot in the rotation because he’s not very good.  The Phillies blew up Zito for three home runs in a 7-2 rout over the Giants. Raul Ibanez, John Mayberry, and Chase Utley (Inside the park variety) took Barry Zito deep in his seven innings of work.  Vance Worley threw his first complete game of his career, giving up two runs and picked up his seventh win of the season.  Ryan Howard also homered in the game as the Phillies improved to 65-37. The Giants fell to 59-44 and their lead in the NL West fell to three. 

San Francisco’s Andres Torres lead off the game with a double to right and came around to score two batters later on a Pablo Sandoval sac fly. The Giants’ next base runner would come in the fourth inning on a Jeff Keppinger single. It was that kind of night for the Giants facing Vance Worley.  After the Keppinger single, Worley would walk two and give up a solo home run in the 8th inning to pinch-hitter Aaron Rowand.  (Cheered when announced) The Phillies’ offense got started early off Barry Zito.  In the first inning a Ryan Howard RBI double was followed by a Shane Victorino walk. The next batter, Raul Ibanez absolutely crushed a pitch over the right center field fence quickly giving the Phillies a 4-1 lead.  Zito actually settled in, retiring the next 9 Phillies until John Mayberry hit a hanging curveball over the left field fence.  In the 6th inning… this happened. It was the first inside-the-park home run I’ve ever seen in person.  After Aaron Rowand hit a home run in the 8th inning, Ryan Howard countered with a home run in the bottom half of the inning off of Guillermo Mota. In case that name sounds familar, Mota’s 5.67  ERA for 2007 New York Mets was a big reason the Phillies were able to catch the Mets.   Tomorrow, Cole Hamels takes on some guy named TBD. AKA…Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy won’t know until Tim Lincecum tells him if he’s okay to pitch or not. Either way, it’s going to be  Lincecum or Cain which means one hell of a pitching matchup.

Notes:

– Finally moved to .500 on the season in games I’ve attended. (9-9). Going on Friday with the rest of the Sports with Balls crew. The Phillies  take on the Pittsburgh Pirates and speaking of the Pirates….This just happened to them.

– I booed Cody Ross every single time he stepped to the plate. I’ll admit I’m still bitter.

– When Ryan Howard went deep, I thought would have been nice if he did that in game 6 of the NLCS. When Raul Ibanez made that nice catch, I thought, gee would have been awesome if he made that catch in Game 1.  Yeah,  I know, I need to let it go.

-But I can’t. So don’t judge me. haha

– Raul was 9-49 off of Zito before he homered in the first inning.

-While Barry Zito wasn’t good tonight, kudos to him for saving his bullpen.

-Interesting fact to thing about- This could have been Vance Worley’s last start as a Phillie if the Phillies acquire a bat such as Hunter Pence or BJ Upton. I still have my doubts about that though.

– Lincecum/Cain vs. Hamels. Wow.

– 2:08 game time- I felt cheated.

-28 games over .500 is just incredible.

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