"Amazing, Nike Thea Rose Gold really," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was quite the Houdini today. I don't know how he did it. It was sheer determination."
Zito (4 3) compensated for the six walks by only allowing three hits all to Coco Crisp and got big outs with runners on base in those first three innings. It was hardly a stellar outing, but compared to a number of efforts by Giants starters in recent days, it was a gem.
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But by the end of the day, the Giants had claimed a much needed 5 2 victory and won for the seventh time this year without a loss when their veteran left hander took the AT mound.
They got some good sleight of hand from Barry Zito, who somehow allowed just one run over six innings despite throwing 117 pitches and walking six batters. Griffin, just in the first three innings.
Indeed, after getting just one hit and a walk off Griffin over the first five innings, the Giants got five hits and four runs in the sixth. Pinch hitting for Zito, Brett Pill got things rolling with a single, and after an out, Brandon Crawford doubled into the right field corner and Pablo Sandoval drove a two run single to center to put the Giants ahead 2 1.
"He's not allowed to do a lot right now," said Bochy. "Tomorrow, he'll do some running and take BP, and we'll see where he's at." Pagan wasn't so sure, noting that it'll be contingent on him being able to test things out Friday. But he can't wait to play.
Three batters later, Brandon Belt stroked a two out, opposite field double against Oakland lefty reliever Hideki Okajima to make it 4 1. The Giants never looked back in snapping the A's six game win streak and their own three game skid.
"I'm happy to help my team win," Sandoval said. "That's how I want to feel at home plate. I'm starting to get my rhythm back."
"Hopefully very soon," he said. "I'm going crazy right now."
Bochy said Chad Gaudin would tentatively be his Sunday starter but didn't want to make it official in the event the Giants need Gaudin in an extra inning game.
"Marco's got the crud pretty good right now," Bochy said. "We're starting to pass it around. Hopefully, we can contain this and keep it from spreading anymore. It seems to hang around for a while, too. That's a concern.".
"It was tough today," said Zito. "I was just missing off the plate on a lot of my pitches. I had way too many walks, but I was able to pitch out of stuff when I had to, and things worked out for me when we scored some Air Max Thea Mens Blue
Bochy said winning the final game of the Bay Bridge Series was particularly significant considering the team now will head to St. Louis to play the Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball.
SAN FRANCISCO As poorly as things had been going against the A's the past three days, the Giants needed a few magic tricks Thursday at AT Park before heading out on the road.
"I thought it was really critical and important that we find a way to win this game," the manager said. "There's pride involved, too. The last thing you want is to get swept in this Bay series, and we haven't played very well. We need something to get us going, get the confidence going and maybe some swagger, too."
Barry Zito works some magic in San Francisco Giants' win over Oakland A's
Pagan hasn't played since his game winning inside the park homer Saturday against Colorado.
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Sandoval said being sick took him out of his pre game routine and that he only started feeling better on Wednesday.
It was huge to get six innings from a starter, and also fairly important to see Sandoval get untracked a bit with two hits. The third baseman, who has fought the bug that has been going around the Giants clubhouse and knocked Marco Scutaro out of the lineup Thursday, finally looked like his old self after just three hits in his prior 26 at bats.
third inning of their interleague game played at AT Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
Angel Pagan was still sore from having a cortisone shot for his ailing hamstring. Bochy doesn't expect Pagan will be ready Friday but thinks he'll be good to go Saturday.
Scutaro sat out with the same illness that plagued both Sandoval and outfielder Gregor Blanco. The manager's worried about an epidemic.
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