Saturday, October 20, 2012

Barry Zito Shuts Down Cardinals, Sends NLCS to Game Six

Players of the Day for Friday, October 19, 2012

National League

NLCS: San Francisco 5 St. Louis 0 - San Francisco staved off elimination and sent the series back to their home town, as Barry Zito twirled 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball and the Giants scored four unearned runs off St. Louis starter, Lance Lynn.

Barry Zito
Zito scattered six Cardinal hits and walked one, striking out six, in a do-or-die performance that left the Giants trailing the Cardinals in the best-of-seven series, three games to two.

It was Zito's fifth post-season win against three losses, but just his first as a member of the Giants in two starts this year. All the other wins and losses came in his career with Oakland.

The Giants scored the bulk of their runs in the fourth inning, when, with runners on first and second and one out, Hunter Pence sent a dribbler to the second base side of the mound which Lynn fielded and threw, hitting the base and sending the ball into shallow right center. Marco Scutaro came around to score from second, leaving runners on first and third. Lynn failed to get out of the inning, capped by Barry Zito's perfectly-laid bunt down the third base line, scoring Gregor Blanco with the fourth run of the inning.

Pablo Sandoval added a solo homer in the eighth to complete the rout and send the series to a game six in San Francisco on Sunday, at 7:37 pm EDT.

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