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Sunday, 21 October 2012 01:50

Zito Blanks Cards, Giants Return Home Down 3-2 in NLCS

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Barry Zito could have quite possibly turned his entire Giants career around in one game as he delivered an absolute gem of a performance on Friday night versus the Cardinals. "This is it for me," the much maligned pitcher would say. "Coming here, especially doing it in a Giants uniform. A lot of people were saying stuff about A's days. And for me, the most important thing is doing everything for San Francisco right now." Zito would go 7.2 innings scattering six hits with 6 strikeouts. He kept the Cardinals batters guessing all night, mixing and matching pitches beautifully.

The game five win sets up a game 6 matchup Sunday night at which is sure to be an electric AT&T Park.

Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn would once again last just into the 4th inning as a bad toss to second base by the pitcher would lead to a Giants four-run 4th. "I don't mind him being aggressive if he's got the play," (shortstop Pete) Kozma was in the right place; he (Lynn) just made a low throw." Cards skipper Mike Matheny would say.

The Giants who are now 4-2 on the road this postseason have won each of Zito's past 13 starts, not bad for a guy who at the start of the year was the Giants 5th starter and even that spot was in question.

The Giants flashed multiple nice plays with their gloves in the field proving that defense and timely hitting is truly their best shot at winning versus this Cardinals team. Right fielder Hunter Pence made a circus like juggling catch, 2nd baseman Marco Scutaro would make a sliding stop to rob pinch-hitter Shane Robinson on back to back plays.

Zito would also contribute with a bunt single in the 4th that would score left fielder Gregor Blanco. Shortstop Brandon Crawford would pitch in with a 2 run single and Pablo Sandoval would add a 377 foot homer to right field giving him a homerun in each of the last two games.

Game 6 will match Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong against Cards' Chris Carpenter in a rematch of game 2. Vogelsong dominated that game hurling 7.0 strong innings as the Giants routed the Cardinals 7-1.

Bay Area and Central Valley fans will once again experience the "torture" which they have come to both love and hate over the past few years. The Giants will play their 5th elimination game of the postseason but with their backs against the wall, we seem to get the best of what this team has to offer.

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