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Barry Zito notches first shutout since 2003 versus Rockies

Apr 9, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

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Barry Zito couldn’t get anyone out in an exhibition season that saw him give up 17 runs and 32 hits in 19 1/3 innings and ditch his experimental windup. The Rockies, though, were frustrated by him all day Monday.

Zito pitched his first shutout since 2003, allowing just four hits and walking none, in a 7-0 victory for the Giants.

Zito’s gem followed up a weekend in which the Giants were swept by the Diamondbacks, with Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain combining to give up 14 runs in 15 1/3 innings.

Zito completed just two games in his first five years with the Giants. His last shutout came in his fourth or seven years with the A’s. He had four career shutouts before turning into more of a six- and seven-inning pitcher beginning with the 2004 season. He went 3-4 with a 5.87 ERA in nine starts and four relief appearances for San Francisco last year.

  1. schlom - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I’m wondering where this would rank on the unlikeliest shutout ever list. Even when Zito was good he didn’t get shutouts (none in his 2002 Cy Young season) and this was in Coors Field.

    • mjay424 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Definitely unexpected but looking closer, maybe it should have been considered a not-to-surprising possibility.

      It’s early in the season when pitchers, it’s often said, have the advantage over hitters.

      Two, the Rockies are struggling to score runs.

      Three, Zito came into the game with a 5-2 career mark against the Rockies. His ERA was 2.60 against them before the whitewashing.

      So while shocking that Zito could throw a shutout, maybe the Rockies were the most likely of prey for such a feat.

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      Colorado Rockies’ Prospects Report (google)

    • dan1111 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      It’s really not that unusual for a decent pitcher to have a dominant game. However, if Zito still has a .444 WHIP and infinity strikeout to walk ratio at the end of the season, then I’ll be impressed.

  2. bobhpine - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Now I believe the world will end this year

  3. marklar1025 - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    ^agreed on the unlikeliest SO comment above but Zito having success against the Rockies shouldnt be too much of a surprise – Zito hasn’t lost to the Rockies since 2008. Zito is 5-2 with a 2.60 ERA against Colorado in his career. Okay, forget it.. that was unbelievable.

  4. kp33 - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Especially with Darryl Cousins’ being known as a hitters’ umpire with his ridiculously small strike zone Zito still manages to notch a complete game shutout. Bravo.

  5. cktai - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    I’m expecting a “pitchers with more shutouts than the Phillies” post now Matthew. You made one each day this week so far.

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