National League Game Summary - St. Louis at San Francisco|
(Friday, April 5th)
Final Score: San Francisco 1, St. Louis 0
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Angel Pagan's fourth-inning, bases-loaded
walk was the lone score, and Barry Zito tossed seven scoreless innings, as the
defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants topped St. Louis, 1-0, in
the opener of a three-game weekend set.
Zito (1-0) surrendered only three hits and walked three while fanning four for
the Giants, who raised their second championship banner in three seasons
in front of a sellout crowd on Friday.
Sergio Romo tossed a perfect ninth for his third save.
Jake Westbrook (0-1) was the hard-luck loser, charged with an unearned run and
six walks on six hits in 6 2/3 frames for the Cardinals, who have lost three
of four to start the year.
St. Louis has scored one run over its last three games in the Bay Area, dating
back to Games 6 and 7 of last year's NLCS, won by the Giants after they
trailed three games to one.
"It was great for us to come out and obviously match up with the Cardinals
again," Zito said. "They're a difficult team."
San Francisco threatened in the third, loading the bases on a single from Zito
and walks to Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey, but Westbrook got Hunter Pence
on a grounder to end the inning.
Westbrook was burned in the fourth. A one-out walk to Gregor Blanco and a
Brandon Crawford single preceded Zito's sacrifice bunt try that Cards catcher
Yadier Molina failed to grip. Pagan then worked a base on balls to force in a
"I was fighting my delivery a little bit," Westbrook said. "I made a slight
adjustment in my delivery and was able to get back into it."
St. Louis put two on with two out in the seventh but failed to produce a run
after an inning-ending fly to center from Pete Kozma which capped Zito's
Westbrook finished his outing in the home half with two on and two down, but
Randy Choate got Brandon Belt on a line out to end the inning.
Jeremy Affeldt turned aside all three batters he faced in the eighth, and Romo
shut the door in the ninth.
Zito hasn't lost a game since Aug. 2, 2012, a 9-1 loss to the Mets, and San
Francisco has won 15 in a row when the veteran left-hander takes the mound ...
In the season's first four games, Giants starters have failed to give up an
earned run over 26 innings ... The clubs split six meetings in the 2012
regular season ... Crawford and Allen Craig were the only players on either
squad to collect more than one hit.
04/06 01:57:03 ET