Zito Gets No Help...Again

Brian BodenContributor IMay 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08:  Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

If a starting pitcher goes eight innings and gives up two runs and only five hits, wouldn't you expect him to end up with a win? Well, unfortunately, this wasn't the case for Barry Zito tonight, because the San Francisco Giants once again wasted another great outing from their starter. 

This low-powered offense for the Giants was only able to put up a stingy six hits and a single run against the San Diego Padres tonight. Giants fans have seen this offense struggle quite often, for all of the Giants pitchers this season, after they pitched a great game, but it seems like Zito gets the worst of this. 

In Zito's last six outings, he has only given up nine runs, but has recorded only one win in these games. In his eight outings this season, the Giants have only scored a minuscule 19 runs from him.

Tonight, the struggles of the offense were put on great display when the Giants went 0-12 with runners in scoring position. Numbers like this will in no way give any pitcher a great chance to win.

Within the first 38 games of the season, with a .500 record, the pitching has been the main catalyst for this club, keeping them in almost every game, but the hitting just hasn't been there. So whether it's the young guys in the lineup that have to step up or the veterans carrying a larger load, they have to figure something out quickly, because losing these 2-1 ball games isn't going to make this team go anywhere.