Zito allows runner, Giants still up 4-0

Yep. Runner, singular. Barry Zito is pitching a game that is so good, it's worth pointing out that he allowed a runner in the seventh inning. Daniel Descalso flipped a ball out to right field with two outs, and it fell just in front of Hunter Pence. That qualified as a Cardinals rally against Zito in Game 5.

Goodness. That was unexpected.

Zito is probably done for the night, and where the Giants were crossing their fingers and hoping for a quality start, he gave them their best start of the postseason. The Giants are somehow in the NLCS without a lot of good starting pitching, but they finally have their ace-like, top-o'-the-rotation performance. And it came from Barry Zito.

The lefty threw 99 pitches through seven full innings, walking one and striking out five. He allowed five hits, two of them doubles, and he didn't allow a run after pitching out of a couple of early jams.

The playoffs, everybody. The playoffs.

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