PHILADELPHIA – Even if the Giants don’t make a trade prior to Wednesday’s non-waiver deadline, they might be ready to say goodbye to one of their longest tenured players.
Barry Zito looked very much at the gilded end of his rope in South Philly Tuesday night. He recorded his third out of the game on his 45th pitch. He didn’t survive the fourth inning. And with Ryan Vogelsong mowing down hitters in the first of two planned rehab starts at Double-A Richmond, the Giants might just decide he’s ready now.
The thought of Zito making another road start is enough to induce serious gastrointestinal distress. The Giants fell to 0-9 in his road starts and his ERA away from AT&T Park climbed to 9.97 after a 7-3 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
It was the Giants' fifth consecutive loss and their eighth out of nine, dropping them 13 games under .300.
Starting pitching report
Zito has had uglier road starts this season, but this one was a struggle in every way. He threw 45 pitches, went to a three-ball count to five of eight batters, hit Kevin Frandsen with an 0-2 pitch and walked John Mayberry Jr. with the bases loaded.
And Guillermo Moscoso’s first action as a Giant was to start warming up in the first inning.
Zito rebounded to retire seven of eight batters, beginning with Carlos Ruiz’s pop-up with the bases loaded to end the first inning.
But Mayberry singled to start the fourth and Ruiz, who served a 50-game drug suspension earlier this year, parked his first home run of the season to snap a 2-2 tie.
Zito got a lineout from pitcher John Lannan and that was it. He had thrown 82 pitches and yet again, walked to the dugout knowing that he hadn’t won a road start since Game 5 of the NLCS at St. Louis last October.
Meanwhile, Vogelsong threw 42 of 64 pitches for strikes while allowing five hits and a walk in five scoreless innings for Richmond against the Portland Sea Dogs. He struck out three.
Moscoso’s Giants debut was a rocky one. It included a single, an intentional walk, a hit batter and a hard lineout to second baseman Marco Scutaro to leave the bases loaded in the fourth.
Moscoso struck out two in a scoreless fifth, but he walked Lannan to start the sixth and served up a two-run home run to Michael Young.
At the plate
The Giants tried to spur a lineup that had scored 21 runs on their 10-game homestand by calling up Brett Pill and Roger Kieschnick. Pill had three singles in his return.
But Buster Posey was a late scratch because of a stomach ailment, and the Giants couldn’t keep up a sustained attack against left-hander John Lannan.
Andres Torres scored both early runs, leading off the game with a double and moving up on Marco Scutaro’s sacrifice bunt followed by Pablo Sandoval’s sacrifice fly. Torres drew a two-out walk in the third inning and scored the tying run on Sandoval’s single.
But the Giants didn’t score again until Guillermo Quiroz doubled to start the seventh and scored on Joaquin Arias’ ground out. And by then, they needed more than to scratch a run here or there.
The Giants have been outhomered 10-1 over their last 11 games.
Left fielder Jeff Francoeur fumbled Jimmy Rollins’ single, allowing him to take second base. Other than that, both sides played error-free.
The Phillies announced 36,492 paid on a cool and pleasant night. But it was warm enough for a Water Ice, if the urge struck you.
The Giants and Phillies take the field three hours after Wednesday’s non-waiver trade deadline as their three-game series continues at Citizens Bank Park. Chad Gaudin (4-2, 2.77) is scheduled to face right-hander Kyle Kendrick (9-7, 3.96). First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. PDT.