Barry Zito brought his curveball and his powersnot to the park last night and helped the Giants move within 2.5 games of the Wild Card leading Rockies. Zito went seven strong innings and mowed down nine Rockies hitters via strikeout, his season high.
The San Fran offense scored early and often, putting up a three-spot and four-spot in the first and third innings, eventually chasing Rockies starter Ubaldo Jiménez from the game. The 26 runs that the Giants have scored in their past 3 games is exactly how many runs they scored in their previous nine.
To add to the bouquet of good news, the Giants clinched the season series against Colorado, 10-7, so if the teams tie at the end of the year, the one-game playoff will be at AT&T Park. And Randy Johnson is coming back from injury to shore up the San Fran pitching staff. His fresh, young 57-year-old arm is quite a boon!
Still, all of this will be for naught unless the Giants can complete the sweep tonight (10:15PM EDT, ESPN) behind Matt Cain. A sweep moves them to 1.5 games back, while a loss and a 3.5 game deficit seems insurmountable.
(screencap by Walkoff Walk reader extraordinaire Phillas)