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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Giants' Barry Zito Struggles Against The Oakland Athletics

By David

Has there ever been a time in your life when a former co-worker or friend who you spent countless years with leaves and comes back to haunt you?

After signing a 7-year, $126 million contract with the San Francisco Giants during the off season Barry Zito knew that he'd have the opportunity to face his former team at least once, twice if he was lucky.

On May 18th in his first start against his former team Zito was ruffed up for seven runs in four short innings of work. While the A's went onto win 15-3, it was shocking that the former CY Young winner struggled against the team he spent the first seven years of his career with.

You would think that he'd be used to the tendencies of his former teammates and would know how to pitch to them. Luckily, Barry had the chance to redeem himself yesterday at AT&T Park against players that he mentored for several seasons.

Unfortunately, it was a case of student defeating teacher as the A's hitters pounced on Zito for nine hits and three earned runs in four innings. The southpaw is now 6-6 with a 4.02 E.R.A. to begin his Giants career. Before Saturday's start Zito had won his previous three outings and surrendered just one run in hi last twenty innings pitched.

For the second consecutive time the player with the largest contract for a pitcher in baseball history was not able to defeat his former co-workers.

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