This game was absolutely brutal to watch. The offense never got anything going against Chad Billingsley, and the Giants didn't score enough to support Barry Zito's fantastic start, an all too familiar story. Zito almost pitched a complete game loss, going 7 1/3 IP, allowing just 6 H and 2 ER. The only flaw in his performance was a home run allowed to Casey Blake in the 2nd inning on a curveball down and in. His other ER scored when Sergio Romo came in and allowed a single, scoring the a runner that Zito was still responsible for. It's always maddening for Giants fans to watch a starting pitcher go without run support and Barry Zito was clearly frustrated as well.
Some could argue that Chad Billingsley deserves credit for a great pitching performance, but I'm not buying it. It's very possible that I just refuse to acknowledge any accomplishment from a Dodger, and if that's the case, I'm okay with it. Sure, he was good, but he got a lot of help from the Giants, who looked like their old selves tonight. They were impatient and constantly swinging at bad pitches, while going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The series in Arizona is not going to be easy. The Diamondbacks are in last place and 19.5 GB of first place in the NL West, but if you'll remember, things didn't exactly go well the last time the Giants visited Chase Field. Our pitchers were terrible and the Diamondbacks always have some dangerous power hitters. We'll need a better performance this time if the Giants want to stay near the top of the division.
Even with the loss tonight, it was a good series, taking 2 of 3 from the Dodgers in LA. Boy, a swept would've been satisfying though.