Found October 20, 2012 on
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ST. LOUIS These energy bursts, either out of survival or necessity, have become hard to explain for the men who continue to play because of them. The San Francisco Giants have turned the elimination game into an adrenaline shot, shaking early series setbacks and somehow, someway, breathing on.
Some left them for dead in the National League Division Series after dropping two games at AT&T Park to the Cincinnati Reds then they stole three consecutive contests on the road. Some figured they had a less-than-slight chance Friday down three-games-to-one in the National League Championship Series with left-hander Barry Zito starting against the St. Louis Cardinals then they sent 47,075 fans at Busch Stadium home disappointed.
The Giants arrive in the Bay Area for Game 6 of the NLCS on Sunday night, still defying odds, and they carry more pride than panic.
Trying to earn the second of three consecutive victories to clinch the franchise's 22nd NL pennant? They did the same le...
BEST OF MAXIM
It may be too late to justify the contract. But Barry Zito certainly picked the right time to deliver a gem.
With the Giants facing elimination in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals, Zito produced arguably his best start in his San Francisco career -- given the circumstances.
"This is definitely it for me," Zito said, to MLB.com....
I’m giving the Internet credit for that one.
Don’t get me wrong, Barry Zito himself had a little something to do with that. So did Hunter Pence, and Marco Scutaro on defense. So did Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford on offense.
But among those who showed up to this game, even if they weren’t at the game, were Giants fans. It would’ve been easy to defeated...
The moments like this, the moments that come out of nowhere, they're part of the game's magic. Barry Zito's success with an 85 mph fastball, that's magic, too. But let's not get too deep here.
What you saw Friday night was the result of hard work and sheer will and uncommon professionalism. What you saw Friday night, with Zito pitching 7 2/3 shutout innings to...
After finishing up my second midterm in as many as days — you can see why I’ve been swamped lately — I finally have some time to sit down and write about the Giants. The NLCS has not gone swimmingly, as you’ve surely noticed; it’s gone — ahem – drowningly? I guess you could say that. Aside from Game Two — thank you, Ryan Vogelsong — this series has been dreadful...
Barry Zito was brought in to San Francisco to anchor a San Francisco pitching staff that had some young pitchers on the horizon. Of course, the 2006 season was where Matt Cain made his MLB debut and made 7 starts. Zito was to be the number one starter on a staff that had yet to see Jonathan Sanchez, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and even Brian Wilson to some extent. Signing a 7...
San Francisco starter Barry Zito escaped a big jam in the second and the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals were scoreless after three innings of Game 5 of the NL championship series Friday night.
Lance Lynn did not allow a hit for the defending champion Cardinals. Up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, St. Louis is seeking to go to consecutive World Series for the first time since 1967...
Barry Zito, the man most associated with bad baseball contracts, just pitched seven and two-thirds shutout innings against the best hitting team in the National League to send the National League Championship Series back to San Francisco. The Giants, dodged behind a 1-3 series disadvantage, avoided an elimination in St. Louis and lived to play another day. Zito averaged around 84...
Much like Barry Zito in Game 5, the Giants got some very clutch pitching from Ryan Vogelsong to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 from AT&T Park forcing a Game 7 Monday night.
Vogelsong went 7 strong innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 9 strikeouts earning his second win of the NLCS.
Meanwhile the San Francisco bats teed off on Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter early tagging...
From the moment we discover sports as children, we dream of this kind of situation. I remember the night before little league games, not being able to sleep as I fantasized about hitting game winning HRs and being mobbed by teammates. I remember shooting hoops in the driveway before dinner, narrating a farcical playoff moment out loud as a attempted a turnaround jumper.
The St. Louis Cardinals entered Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Friday up three games to one on the San Francisco Giants, just one win from securing a spot in the World Series. All they had to do was beat Giants starter Barry Zito, who hasn’t had an earned-run average under 4.03 in six years.
That sounds doable enough. The Cardinals scored eight runs the...
The Detroit Tigers are sitting and waiting to see who they will be facing in the World Series. The Giants got a great pitching performance from Barry Zito to force the NLCS back to San Francisco for game 6. The Cardinals lead the series 3-2 and only need one win to move on. Game 6 will be on TV tomorrow as Chris Carpenter of the Cards will face Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants. It'...
It’s that time of the playoffs again… You know, where the San Francisco Giants have their backs to the wall. Barry Zito needs to be the Cardinals stopper, and help this team live to see another day.
Win or lose and the Giants are still coming home. The only difference is, if they’re coming home to play again or coming home to start thinking about next year.
It’s been announced...
Game 5 of the NLCS did not go quite as planned for the St. Louis Cardinals, though that should not have been much of a surprise as the game unfolded. The Redbirds now head back to San Francisco to face the Giants in Game 6 Sunday evening.
Everything started off great for the Cardinals. They weren’t hitting much off Barry Zito, but Lance Lynn held the Giants without even one hit...