There has been lots of buildup as to when Barry Zito’s last start will be. He might have just made it today.
Zito was torched in 3.2 innings, Michael Kickham gave up six runs in four innings and the Giants lost 12-1 to the Boston Red Sox. The team is now 56-70, while the Red Sox are sitting pretty in the AL East.
Kickham surrendered a three-run home run to Stephen Drew, and Zito game up a two-run home run to Will Middlebrooks. Joaquin Arias homered for the Giants, but Felix Doubront shut down the Giants over eight innings.
No Red Sox pitcher surrendered more than one run, and as a result, the Red Sox outscored the Giants 21-4. The offense exploded today, torching Zito and Kickham. Jean Machi pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, but that was it.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino came through with three hits, while Arias delivered with two hits for the Giants. The Giants only had five hits, as Koji Uehara shut down the Giants in the ninth inning.
Boston scored 12 hits, and it picked up three walks as well. Most of the runners who reached base scored, as the Red Sox were very efficient. As a result, they are 75-54. The Red Sox are in contention for a championship, and the Giants aren’t.
In other words, today showed why the Giants aren’t doing well.