So, it’s hard to say.
Did Bruce Jenkins’ column motivate Barry Zito?
Has Zito’s spring outings make Jenkins look foolish?
Or is neither above statement true?
Whatever the truth is, MoreSplashHits likes the results.
For a second straight spring outing since Jenkins wrote that Zito’s status with the Giants was on thin ice, the lefty has shined.
In the Giants’ 4-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday, Zito pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk. He struck out one. His spring ERA is 2.79.
“Fastball, change-up for the most part,” Zito told the AP of his outing. “I felt significantly better than I’ve felt on the mound during spring training. Things were just smooth. When things are quiet and moving slowly, that’s where success lies.”
Well, Barry, keep things quiet and slow!
Zito was so efficient Wednesday that he didn’t even hit his pitch limit. He came out after five innings because the Giants wanted to get other pitches work. Zito finished his day with 10 pitches in the bullpen.
But again, it’s only March 9. So none of this really matters.But we’re encouraged.
ANDRES TORRES: Torres was 1 for 3 with a double, run scored and RBI.
AUBREY HUFF: Huff-Daddy went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI.
BRIAN WILSON: The Beard produced another scoreless inning, although this one was a big dicey. After opening the inning with a strikeout, Wilson gave up back-to-back singles, the second coming on an infield single to SS by Juan Pierre. Buster Posey helped Wilson by throwing out Lastings Milledge trying to steal third. After a walk, Wilson struck out Adam Dunn to end the inning.
JEFF SUPPAN: Suppan pushed his spring scoreless inning streak to eight with two more scoreless innings. Then he gave up back-to-back solo home runs in the ninth before retiring the side.
BUSTER POSEY: Posey went 1 for 2 with a walk and an RBI. His spring average plummeted to .526.