San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito celebrates the final out of the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game 5Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â in their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in St. Louis, Missouri, October 19, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress
(Reuters) – The San Francisco Giants blanked the St Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Friday to stave off elimination and extend the National League Championship Series (NLCS) to a sixth game back at their home ballpark.
A four-run burst in the fourth inning gave Giants starter Barry Zito all the offense he needed. The left-hander kept the Cardinals guessing with a pinpoint fastball, changeup and slow curve as the Giants narrowed the Cardinals’ lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
Zito, who was left off the postseason roster in 2010 due to poor form when the Giants won the World Series, went seven and two-thirds innings against reigning champions St Louis, holding them to six hits while striking out six… Read More