Barry Zito turned back the clock last night as San Francisco fans chanted his name, channeling the days when another "Barry" roamed right field. The LHP carried a three hit shutout in to the ninth inning as the Braves fell to the Giants, 5-2.
Tommy Hanson, making his second start since coming off the disabled list, was chased after 4 1/3 innings, after allowing three straight hits that led to runs to the combination of Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, and Pable Sandoval.
However, Hanson wasn't concerned with his effort:
"I don't feel like I went out there and got lit up," Hanson said. "It wasn't like they were hitting lasers all over the place. It was just a tough one."
Fredi, on other hand, was impressed with Zito's performance:
"He's left-handed and he frustrates us," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He throws that fastball just above the strike zone and spins the curve. We did not have a good approach against him early. We weren't very good. I don't know if it was Barry being dominant or us not being good. He's deceptive and he can be frustrating with that curve and change."
The Atlanta Braves attempted a comeback late in the ninth inning, as Martin Prado and Chipper Jones led off with two singles, sending Zito to the showers. Freddie Freeman, who allowed a ball to skip off his glove earlier in the game allowing a two-run error, doubled in both Braves to cut the lead to 5-2.
Atlanta continues to struggle against lefties as the Giants threw three out on the mound before their closer, Sergio Romo, a RHP, ended the game.
The Giants continued the theme of honoring retiring third baseman Chipper Jones before the game with a video montage of Jones' greatest moments in the Major Leagues and the crowd followed with a standing ovation.
The struggling Ben Sheets will take the mound for the Braves tonight against Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong has been awful in August, pitching 19 innings and allowing 15 ER's in the process. The Braves are desperate to keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East, and will have to take advantage of struggling pitchers when they have the chance.
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