I stopped watching after the three-run homer by Jesus Guzman in the 1st inning. Barry Zito had thrown about 25 pitches at that point and 20 of them were balls. It was ugly. Actually, it was too familiar to be ugly. It had a nice, comfy, nostalgic feel to it. Ah yes, that Barry Zito. The leave-me-off-the-playoff-roster Barry Zito. The 14 Game Score Barry Zito. (That was not his worst start against SD. Take a look at July 12, 2009). I know we'll get some quality innings out of Zito again at some point--maybe even his next start. But those meltdowns will still be there, lurking, ready to pop out and ruin a perfectly good ballgame.
Number of times since 2005 Matt Cain had a Game Score below 20: three (189 starts).
Number of times since 2006 Jonathan Sanchez had a Game Score below 20: two (115 starts).
Number of times since 2007 Barry Zito had Game Score below 20: seven (138 starts).