Following Fresno -- Giants' Zito and Ford rehab

June 17, 2011, 1:23 am
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June 16, 2011


Mychael Urban

Giants pitcher Barry Zito and outfielder Darren Ford both made rehab starts Thursday night in Fresno.

Zito pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out six. It was Zito's third rehab start, his first two coming with the Single-A San Joe Giants.

Ford went 0-for-3 in his first rehab start since being placed on the 15-day DL May 23. He led off and played center field.

Our Giants Insider Mychael Urban was on hand in Fresno, and tweeted throughout the game. Check out his running play-by-play!

9:02 p.m.: No seventh inning for Zito in Fresno. He's done after 91 pitches. And so am I.

8:58 p.m.: Ford is out of the game. Plan was to only play five innings all along, I'm told.

8:52 p.m.: Updated totals: 6IP, 91P, 5H, 2BB, 6K, 4R. If you were here, you know he's pitched well, but four runs in six innings is four runs in six innings. A solid seventh needed.

8:46 p.m.: 3-1 F8 ends inning. Fresno fans gave Zito big ovation as he walked off after only rough inning so far, 24 pitches.

8:44 p.m.: And there goes his quality start. First real mistake, FB hit by Mike Wilson for no-doubter of a two-run homer. 8-4 Grizzlies.

8:37 p.m.: Top of sixth in Fresno for Zito. FB command has been . 0-2, then full count, then swinging K.
2-2, FB just hit 88 but a ball, then ball four.
1-2, foul tip, ball in dirt, double to left, runner holds at third base.
1-1, 4-3, run scores. Two out.

8:24 p.m.: Zito averaging 13.4 pitches an inning. I'd say he's gone 50 FBs, 30 hooks, 20 changecutter. Wonder what he'll say.

8:23 p.m.: FYI, I'm sitting in front row, right behind the plate, so when I say the ump missed a pitch, trust me. He's been good, though.

8:16: p.m.: Scout tells me he's hit 87 but sitting 85.

8:14 p.m.: Top of fifth in Fresno for Zito. 1-1, good life, movement on FB. 2-2, swinging K.
First-pitch F9.
Ump squeezes what should've been strike 1, next pitch gets F8. Eight-pitch inning.
8:02 p.m.: 14-pitch fourth. Totals: 4IP, 59P, 2H, BB, 4K, 1R. For those unaware, standard goal for starters is an average of 15 pitches per inning.

7:55 p.m.: 1-2 with two great curves. Squeezed hard on FB. Wow. Paint. Gets K with swing instead.
1-2 count, gorgeous bender for called third for the K.
3-0, FB strike called, curve strike called, humpback lineout to LF ends inning.

7:49 p.m.: Totals so far: 3IP, 45P, 2H, BB, 2K, 1R.

7:40 p.m.: First-pitch double to LCF.
2-1 single to right. First and third, nobody out.
1-0 popout behind first.
0-2, tip foul, ball, ball, looking K.
1-1 RBI single up the middle.
First-pitch F8. Inning over. 17 pitches.

7:38 p.m.: Ford up againn ... 5-3 ends inning.

7:37 p.m.: Two innings, 28 pitches, K, BB, faced minimum so far.

7:32 p.m.: First-pitch lineup to 3B, nice leaping snag by Gillaspie.
Stadium radar gun is off. I'd say fastball is 84-85. Five-pitch walk.
Gorgeous curve to run the count to 1-2.
Foul, ball, foul, 6-3 double play ends the inning, 13 pitches.

7:15 p.m.: Darren Ford leading off. Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger on the bump for Tacoma (Mariners affiliate) ... Swinging K on what would've been ball four.

7:08 p.m.: Tacoma leadoff man grounds out to first on 1-2 count.
Second batter, 6-3 on 2-1 count.
Curve looks sharp, everything is around plate. K swinging on diving change. 1-2-3 inning, 15 pitches.

6:40 p.m.: Zito's with Huff Daddy tribute in Fresno? He is wearing No. 17 and being caught again by Hector Sanchez, recently up from San Jose. Ford at leadoff and playing CF.

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