Barry Zito was closing in on a fine afternoon in the 6th inning, getting leadoff hitter Albert Pujols to ground out on a nasty-looking curve ball. Then the wheels came off. Two walks and two doubles spelled doom for the lefty and the Giants. Kyle Lohse had no trouble with the B-team, hanging 0-fers on Mike Fontenot, Nate Schierholtz, and Brandon Belt, and giving up only a wind-aided pop single to Eli Whiteside. He also shut down Aubrey Huff and put a 3-for-12 on Freddy Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval, and Aaron Rowand. Rowand acutally looked good at the plate and hit the ball well all day, but the Chico-born Lohse was masterful and earned a deserved win for his club. The former Hamilton Union High School Brave went 8 innings and racked up a Game Score of 73 for his 96-pitch effort.
The Dodgers come to town tomorrow night. Madison Bumgarner will match up with red-hot Clayton Kershaw who shut down the Giants to open the season. Tim Lincecum gets his shot Tuesday against Chad Billingsley. Lincecum was dominating in his last start in San Diego, and was the hard-luck loser against Kershaw despite an excellent effort. Jonathan Sanchez finishes against Ted Lilly on Wednesday. A little payback against the LAtriners would be nice.