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TORONTO – Barry Zito clarified comments he made after Tuesday night’s 10-6 loss to the Blue Jays, when he gave up six runs in a folly-filled first inning.
The veteran left-hander said he did not intend to place any blame on catcher Buster Posey when he second-guessed pitch selections and sequences.
“I wasn’t going that far and that’s not what I was trying to say,” Zito said. “I was talking about when you make your pitch and they square it up good. That’s when you know you’ve got to think about going to a different selection or a sequence.
“I thought I was throwing the right pitch. Buster put down the sign, but it has nothing to do with Buster. It’s more, `You make your pitch and they hit it. So, OK, that probably wasn’t the right pitch.’ It’s more of a tool for critiquing yourself after the game.”
What would Zito have done differently?
“Not doubling up on heaters to Melky (Cabrera), for one,” he said. “I’m not going to go through each guy or talk about my approach to them, obviously, but that’s one example.”
Zito and Posey had a brief chat near the catcher’s locker to make sure there were no misunderstandings. Posey said it wasn’t necessary, since he didn’t see Zito’s comments, generally doesn’t read media coverage and has a great relationship with the left-hander.
Intrepid reporter that I am, it only took me 40 hours to realize that I hadn’t seen Matt Cain in Toronto. That’s because he was never here.
Rather than subject him to the Eastern time change for a two-game series, the Giants had Cain throw his bullpen on Sunday at AT&T Park and stay home for a couple days. He’ll arrive ahead of the team in Denver and will be well rested for Thursday’s start at Coors Field.
“The Roger Clemens schedule,” joked Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
The Giants probably won’t take off until after midnight and they have a flight of more than three hours to Denver. So it’ll be after 4 a.m. Eastern by the time they get to their hotels. Most guys didn’t even bother trying to adjust to the time, watching movies after the two night games here in Toronto.
This is Madison Bumgarner’s first time leaving the country. He told me the Giants rushed his passport through processing in 2010, the last time they played an interleague series in Toronto, because they were going to call him up. But they decided to wait an extra week or two.
Now he’s got his first passport stamp. And he’s officially a world traveler.
Santiago Casilla said he threw off a mound Tuesday – the second time he’s tested out his right knee brace. It’s not exactly comfortable but it seems to be doing the job, and he’s available out of the bullpen.
He’s even more excited that his younger brother, Jose, is back in the minor leagues after having Tommy John surgery in May, 2011, and enduring some soreness in his recovery. Jose Casilla was once one of the Giants’ better minor league arms. He reported to Single-A San Jose last week.
The Giants’ 10-6 loss Tuesday marked the first time in the modern era that the Giants struck out at least 15 times and gave up at least 18 hits in a nine-inning game. They played horrific defense, too – making countless bad throws, bad reads and drops besides their two official errors.
Bochy was asked: Can you ever just look back on a game like that and laugh?
“I was going to take the staff out and they all bailed on me,” Bochy said. “I guess they were all in such a bad mood.”
It was a bad night, and the unfamiliarity of R.A. Dickey’s knuckler and the artificial turf just added to it.
“We try not to laugh too much about it that night,” Bochy said.
The manager was asked if he was surprised that Melky Cabrera collected four hits.
“I’m surprised he didn’t hit two home runs, with the pitches we threw him,” he said.