Every baseball player needs a day off now and then. But this season it seems the Giants entire lineup is taking a break every fifth day.
And it just happens to be the day Barry Zito takes the mound.
The lefty amassed a 3.35 ERA in the month of May, but had a 1-4 record to show for it. That's because the Giants lineup has gone silent in most of his outings. In fact, in Zito's first ten starts San Francisco has scored more than three runs just twice.
Friday night in Florida was no exception, but this time Zito and the Giants' bullpen were up to the task.
San Francisco's number four starter allowed just one run on four hits and three walks in five innings, while striking out five. After Zito left the game with a 2-1 lead, Brandon Medders, Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson combined to throw four shutout innings, as the Giants beat the Marlins in the first game of a three-game weekend set.
With the win Zito snapped a four game losing streak and improved to 2-6 on the season.
The Giants' two runs came on one swing of the bat, as Pablo Sandoval blasted his fourth homerun of the season, a two-run shot, in the top of the fourth inning.
It wasn't much support, but Zito--and his record--will take it.