National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Colorado|
(Monday, April 9th)
Final Score: San Francisco 7, Colorado 0
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Barry Zito threw his first shutout in almost
nine years Monday, giving up just four hits to lead the San Francisco Giants
to a 7-0 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Zito (1-0) struck out four and didn't surrender a walk, throwing 71 of his 114
pitches for strikes while facing the minimum in five innings -- including the
"He kept us off-balance," Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said.
Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer and Brandon Crawford had a three-run double
for the Giants, who snapped a three-game losing streak after being swept in a
season-opening series in Arizona.
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) threw 90 pitches in just four innings and
gave up four runs on four hits and five walks to take the loss in the team's
The Rockies, who fell to 1-3, started a nine-game homestand.
The Giants, meanwhile, avoided their first 0-4 start since 1950 behind Zito's
gem. The 33-year-old left-hander, on the heels of a tough spring, made a start
in the minors last week as said that went a long way toward helping him get
back on track.
"I made the adjustment I had to make," he said.
Zito threw his first major league shutout since April 19, 2003, against the
Texas Rangers. He was pitching for the Oakland Athletics at the time and was
coming off winning the AL Cy Young Award the previous year.
Trying to come back from an injury-shortened 2011, when he went just 3-4, Zito
controlled the Rockies lineup in the opener of a three-game series and the San
Francisco offense provided him with plenty of run support.
"He had four pitches going and great concentration out there," said Giants
manager Bruce Bochy. "It wasn't a good spring, but it's been said many times
-- spring training is overrated."
Sandoval jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Chacin in the first inning,
driving it into the right field stands for a two-run homer.
Chacin walked three straight batters in the third -- Melky Cabrera, Sandoval
and Aubrey Huff -- and the Giants took a 4-0 lead on Hector Sanchez's single
through the right side and Angel Pagan's sharp ground out to Helton, who made
a nice stab down the line to keep more than one run from scoring.
But San Francisco broke the game open against reliever Matt Reynolds, who came
in for Chacin to start the fifth inning.
The first three batters reached on a hit and two errors and Crawford reached
out to smack a 2-2 pitch into the left field corner for a three-run double and
Prior to the fifth inning, the game was stopped for around 10-15 minutes while
staff at Coors Field attended to a spectator sitting on the third base side
who had been struck by a foul ball off the bat of Rockies right fielder
Michael Cuddyer in the bottom of the fourth.
According to KDVR-TV, the fan, Judith Reese, received a concussion and bruised
head but was treated and released from a hospital. She was celebrating her
All of Zito's previous four MLB shutouts came with the A's...The three-game
series continues on Wednesday...The sellout crowd of 49,282 was the fourth
highest for an Opening Day at Coors Field...Only 47 of Chacin's 90 pitches
went for strikes...The Giants won seven of their last eight games against the
Rockies last season and 13 of 18 overall.
04/09 21:49:53 ET