Following Barry Zito's first rehab start


Following Barry Zito's first rehab start

June 6, 2011
Editor's Note: Mychael Urban is at the Stockton Ports - San Jose Giants Single-A game, following Barry Zito's first rehab start. Follow @MUrbanCSN's real-time updates on Twitter.

9:14 pm: Reliever came on with one on, two out, gave up a walk and single to stick Zito with a run.

9:11 pm: Zito out of the game. 82 pitches, 2 hits, zero walks, HPB, 2 DPs, 1 over minimum, 6 23 innings. Standing ovation from SF Giants fans. Zito waves to the crowd.

9:03 pm: Zito's seventh; FB 86, 6-3, one down. Curve called. Curve, ball. Curve HBP. Batter didn't even try to get out of the way. Choice vs. Zito: change-up, ball. Cutter, foul. FB 85, ball. Slider, ball. FB 84, F8, two down.

8:54 pm: Zito six Ks, 2 hits, zero walks, faced minimum 18 batters so far. Nothing down middle with exception of some freeze-me called third strike fastballs.

8:53 pm: Zito. Back for sixth. Official pitch count is 59, not 57. Curve, ball. Change swinging. FB 88 swinging. Cutter foul. Curve, ball. Curve foul. Curve foul. Change 65 swinging K. FB 86 called. Curve, ball. Curve, swinging. FB called K, 86. Two down. Curve, foul. Slider, foul. FB called K. Inning over. 74 pitches though six innings.

8:35 pm: Carter vs. Zito II: FB called, curve called, FB squeezed on corner, 86mph. Change-up off end of bat, single up the middle. Cutter ball, FB ball, 84mph. FB 83 swinging, FB 84, ball. FB 85, 5-4-3 double play. Curve ball, curve ball, cutter called strike, cutter 4-3, inning over. 14 pitches, 57 total through 5 innings.

7:59 pm: Zito's fourth inning: Fastball 83mph, ball. Change swinging. Change swinging. FB 85. Squeezed. Cutter 80, 5-3, one out (dealing). First-pitch fastball, 85mph, F7, two out. Zito vs. Choice: FB called, two sliders both balls, FB, ball 84mph, FB foul, full count. FB 84, F8, inning over. 12-pitch inning, 43 pitches through 4 innings.

7:51 pm: Zito back on mound. Change looking. Slider ball. Curve swinging. Curve swinging K. Real sharp. One out. Cutter ball. Fastball off end of bat doinked for opposite field single. Cutter 83mph called. Change called. Curve, 4-6-3 double play. Inning over. Eight-pitch inning, 31 total over three innings. One hit, zero 3-ball counts.

7:37 p.m: Scout just told me his gun is probably a couple mph slower than most, btw, so Zito's sitting between 84-86 with fastball. Curve called. 81 cutter swing, 0-2. 78 cutter high. FB 83 3unassisted. 11-pitch inning. 23 total. Two perfect innings. Great command.

7:19 p.m: Zito wearing No. 7. Nice ovation from Stockton fans. Zito's first batter: 6-3. Fastball 83. 82. ... Great curve 67 ... Slider ball. 2-2 ... 81 FB for 4-3. Change 75 ball. FB 82 foul, 1-1. Nice curve foul. Curve foul. Slider swinging K. Inning over.

Scout w gun on Zito's velocity: "Can't accuse him of being too amped up." But added: "Looks like he' focusing on addingsubtracting. Nice."

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Mets at home

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as Giants get swept by Mets at home


SAN FRANCISCO — The Mets spent the first half of this week in Los Angeles, where they got swept by the Dodgers and outscored 36-11. Their beat writers publicly wrote an end to any thoughts of the postseason. The fan base renewed the calls for manager Terry Collins to be fired. 

That’s where they were. And then they flew to San Francisco. 

AT&T Park continues to be a place where others get healthy, and this weekend it was the Mets. The Giants lost 8-2 on Sunday, getting swept by a similarly disappointing team. They have lost 12 of their last 13 games. 

There’s not much more to be said about it, but I did anyway. Here are five things to know from the day a relief pitcher got an at-bat but it would have been far too cruel to text your friends … 

—- Matt Moore’s line: 4 1/3 innings, seven hits, five earned runs, three walks, five strikeouts. Through 16 starts, he has a 6.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. He ranks last among qualified NL starters in ERA. Only Matt Cain (1.73) has a worse WHIP. Good times. 

—- Mets righty Rafael Montero entered with an 0-4 record and 6.49 ERA. He gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings. Good times. 

—- With runners on the corners and two outs in the third inning, Brandon Belt strolled to the plate. He leads the team in homers. Hunter Pence tried to steal second for some reason and he was caught, ending the inning and keeping Belt from batting in a two-run game. Good times. 

—- With two on and no outs in the sixth, the Giants sent the runners to make sure Buster Posey didn’t hit into a double play. Posey popped up softly to first and Joe Panik was doubled off of second. Good times. 

—- One last bit of bad news: Austin Slater was removed from the game with a tight right hip flexor. 

Harvick snaps 20-race winless streak with victory at Sonoma Raceway


Harvick snaps 20-race winless streak with victory at Sonoma Raceway

SONONA — Kevin Harvick returned to victory lane for the first time this season with a dominating run Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway.

The former NASCAR champion came to Sonoma winless in 20 races since Kansas last fall and has been overshadowed in this season of NASCAR's young new superstars. But at a track where experience and ability can separate the field, it was Harvick and a bunch of veterans who led the way.

It was the first win on the winding wine country road course in 17 tries for the Bakersfield, California, driver. Sonoma was one of just four active tracks where Harvick had never before scored a Cup victory.

Harvick was on cruise control and conserving fuel in this win, which ended under caution after Kasey Kahne had a hard accident on the final lap.

Either way, Harvick had a cozy 9-second lead over Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer before the caution.

Bowyer, now the driver for the entry Tony Stewart used for his final NASCAR victory last year at the track, was second and Brad Keselowski third as Ford cars went 1-2-3.