Barry Zito Pitches Better; Giants Lose to Pirates

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Barry Zito Pitches Better; Giants Lose to Pirates

Barry Zito pitched five solid innings and struck out a season-high five batters. Still, he took the loss tonight against the Pirates by a score of three to one.

Zito only gave up two runs thanks to a Xavier Nady home run in the fourth inning.  He left the game after throwing 99 pitches in the outing.

Zito's next start is Monday against the Houston Astros at home.

The anemic Giants offense was only able to get seven hits.

This is to be expected when you have youngsters like Emmanuel Burriss and Brian Bocock in the starting lineup. Bocock clearly should not be in the majors right now as he is only hitting .143 for the season.

He is an automatic out every time he walks to the plate. He needs to go down to Fresno and get his confidence up.

The Giants were able to avoid a shutout thanks to a Bengie Molina single in the ninth inning.

The Pirates will go for the sweep tomorrow when Paul Maholm takes the mound for the Pirates, against San Francisco's Matt Cain.

There is a possibility of rain in tomorrow's forecast. Hopefully the baseball gods will allow the game to be completed.  

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