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San Francisco Giants Derailed by Four-Run Fifth Inning

June 5th, 2013 at 4:09 PM
By Michael Almonte

'RA Dickey's Knuckleball' photo (c) 2010, gradecki - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A four-run fifth inning and the splendid pitching of R.A. Dickey helped the Toronto Blue Jays shutout the San Francisco Giants 4-0 Wednesday afternoon.

Barry Zito took the mound and allowed just two singles through the first four innings and Dickey retired the first 11 Giants batters he faced. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Pablo Sandoval connected with the first hit of the day for the Giants.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Zito walked catcher Henry Blanco, even though a strike could have been called on a 2-2 count. Dickey attempted to bunt before slapping a double on the first pitch down the third base line, scoring Blanco all the way from first. Dickey moved to third on a ground out by left fielder Melky Cabrera. Right fielder Jose Bautista singled home Dickey and the Blue Jays had a 2-0 lead. During the at-bat of third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, Bautista stole second and Zito walked Encarnacion. Second baseman Mark DeRosa came to the plate and during his at-bat, both runners completed a successful double steal. On a 1-2 count, DeRosa drilled a two-run single as the Blue Jays increased their lead to 4-0. Zito retired the next batter to end the inning. It's the 15th time this season a Giants pitcher has allowed at least four runs in an inning.

'San Francisco Giants' photo (c) 2012, HarshLight - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
 

Dickey continued to roll the rest of the way and Gregor Blanco singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Marco Scutaro walked, ending Dickey's day as the Blue Jays made a pitching change. Casey Janssen was summoned in and got Sandoval to ground into a game-ending double play. The Blue Jays split the short two-game series with a 4-0 win. The Giants have now been shutout five times this season.

Zito took the loss (4-4) going six innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, three walks and zero strikeouts, throwing 101 pitches. The Giants are now 7-1 in Zito's home starts and his 13-game home regular season winning streak was snapped on the day. 

'Arizona Diamondbacks 9, Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona (22)' photo (c) 2009, Ken Lund - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Dickey loves pitching against the Giants this season, winning both starts against the orange and black. He is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA against the Giants, compared to a 3-7 record and 4.88 ERA against the rest of baseball. Dickey held the Giants to just two hits in the win.

The 31-28 Giants have Thursday off before beginning a nine-game road trip Friday night in Arizona against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Matt Cain (4-3) gets the party started in the opener facing Patrick Corbin (9-0). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm. 

Tags: Barry Zito, Baseball, MLB, R.A. Dickey, San Francisco, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays

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