Following Fresno -- Giants' Zito and Ford rehab

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Following Fresno -- Giants' Zito and Ford rehab

June 16, 2011

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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.

Instant Replay: Kings shock Grizzlies late for second straight win

Instant Replay: Kings shock Grizzlies late for second straight win

BOX SCORE

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings aren’t done fighting yet. In front of their home crowd, they pulled off their second consecutive shocker, this time dispatching the Memphis Grizzlies in dramatic fashion by the final of 91-90.

Darren Collison battled Mike Conley Jr. all night long at the point guard position. After scoring 19 against the Clippers on Sunday, Collison hit the Grizzlies for 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting and added a team-high seven assists. His free throw with 5.7 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner.

Rookie Buddy Hield continued his hot shooting, scoring 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting. The 23-year-old shooting guard is quickly establishing himself as a big time scoring option for the Kings moving forward.

Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists. 7-footer Kosta Koufos found success against his former team, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks before fouling out late.

Ty Lawson led the second unit with 10 points, while Anthony Tolliver went 4-of-7 from the field for nine points.

Conley Jr. received the biggest contract in NBA history during the offseason and he showed why Monday against the Kings. The veteran point guard dropped in 22 points and dished out nine assists as the Grizzlies fell to 40-34 on the season.

35-year-old big man Zach Randolph went to work in the post. The 16-year NBA vet dropped in 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, schooling the Kings frontline with the left-handed flip early in the game.

Brandan Wright came off the bench to score 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Troy Daniels added 10 points.  

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Collison is heating up. Over his last two games, the veteran guard has scored 42 points on 16-for-24 shooting and kept his team in the ballgame.

TURNING POINT:
Despite leading by eight on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter, Sacramento couldn’t close the door on the Grizzlies. Collison drew a foul with 5.7 remaining and his team trailing by one. He knocked down both freebies and Randolph missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer to help the Kings improve to 29-45 on the season.   

INJURY UPDATE:
Arron Afflalo missed the game due to a personal matter and Tyreke Evans sat for scheduled rest. Rookie Malachi Richardson is officially out for the season with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles.

WHAT'S NEXT:
The Kings are back at it Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center when the Utah Jazz roll through Sacramento. Following the matchup with Utah, the Kings travel to New Orleans to face former King DeMarcus Cousins on Friday evening.

 

Spurs destroy Cavs by 29, back within two of Warriors

Spurs destroy Cavs by 29, back within two of Warriors

BOX SCORE

SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for the defending NBA champions.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Spurs, who won their fifth straight.

Cleveland (47-26) dropped its second in a row, set a season low for points and fell a half-game behind Boston (48-26) for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Cavaliers star LeBron James was injured late in the third quarter after taking an elbow to the base of his neck. He remained on the bench for a while receiving medical attention, then headed toward the locker room and didn't return to the game.

His status was not immediately known.

Cleveland has been out of sync recently, losing three of five, and those struggles only got worse against San Antonio. The Spurs led by as many as 33 points to the delight of the sold-out crowd.

San Antonio (57-16) is two games behind Golden State (59-14) for the league's best record entering a home showdown with the Warriors on Wednesday.

Cleveland opted to play its stars rather than sit them for rest, but the trio of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sat out the fourth quarter of its second rout in the past two weeks.

James exited with 25 seconds remaining in the third after taking an elbow to his neck from David Lee on a rebound. James continually rubbed the area before collapsing after he crossed midcourt and remained on the floor for about a minute before walking unassisted to the bench. He left for the locker room early in the fourth quarter during a timeout.

James finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 29 minutes.

The Spurs held the Cavaliers scoreless for three minutes after San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was issued a technical foul during a timeout with 6:38 remaining in the first half.

Leonard hit a right-handed runner as the second quarter closed to give the Spurs a 64-40 lead.

TIP-INS:
Cavaliers: Cleveland completed its schedule against the West, finishing 16-14. In addition to losing to the Spurs by 29 points, the Cavaliers lost by 35 to Golden State and 30 to the Los Angeles Clippers. . Cleveland F Kyle Korver missed his third straight game with a sore left foot, and the team plans to sit him for several games to see if rest and treatment helps. Korver will sit out Thursday in Chicago and Friday at home against Philadelphia before being re-evaluated, a team spokesman said. The shooting specialist missed seven games earlier this month with an inflamed tendon in his foot. . G Iman Shumpert missed his second consecutive game with a sore right knee. . James needs 24 points to pass Shaquille O'Neal for seventh overall in career scoring. O'Neal has 28,596 career points. . The Cavaliers averaged 116.3 points in their previous four games.

Spurs: San Antonio is holding its opponents to an average of less than 100 points for the 22nd straight season. . Danny Green tied his season high with four blocked shots. . Leonard has scored in double figures in 100 straight games.

UP NEXT:
Cavaliers: At the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.

Spurs: Host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.