Stat Line Of The Night — 6/3/12 — Barry Zito
Since joining the San Francisco Giants in 2007, pitcher Barry Zito has had difficulties putting together a successful season on the mound. Not only has he failed to keep his ERA under 4.00 in each of his five seasons in a Giants uniform, but he has also been unable to put together a record above .5o0 during that same time frame. Two months into the 2012 season, it appears as though Zito has gotten over those struggles that have plagued him in the past, as he entered yesterday with a 4-2 record and a 3.41 ERA. And his performance against the Chicago Cubs would help him move even closer to putting together his first successful season as a Giant.
Zito was solid from start to finish, as he allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out five over 8.1 scoreless innings of work. He would be taken out of the ballgame with one out in the ninth inning in favor of closer Sergio Romo, who helped put the final touches on a 2-0 Giants victory.
With the win, Zito moves to 5-2 on the season and his ERA dropped to a respectable 2.98. These aren’t exactly Cy Young numbers, but they are certainly more along the lines of what the Giants expected from the lefty when they picked him up in 2007. If he can put together more performances like yesterday’s, it could go a long way towards helping Giants fans forget about his struggles from the past. But for now, it earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, June 3, 2012.