It had all the makings of a slugfest. In the one corner you had a pitcher that had been struggling with his command since the middle of last year, Chacin. In the other corner you had a pitcher that has been struggling with his command for a lot longer than that, Zito. Both were rocked during spring training. Add to it the venue, hitters friendly Coors, as well as the retooled line-up of the Rockies (featuring several “upgrades” with the lumber) and you would expect to walk away from this bloody with runs.
Reality is that the best player on the Giants team today was the Rockies. With the poor hitting, terrible fielding and abysmal pitching it was simple for the Giants to walk away from this one, Zito carting the “Complete Game Shutout” hardware to the hotel, snickering at how easy the feat was. In front of a sold out crowd of +50,000, the sign that everything was wrong came early and cringe-inducingly loud as the Panda pounded a 2 run home run on the first pitch he saw.
The game went downhill from there. Behind a lot of walks, errors and poor hitting many fans were prompted to boo and leave early. When was the last time fans saw errors from two best fielders, CarGo and Tulo, and that seemed to really put a dagger in a day that was meant to shine.
Now we will have to sit through Sports Center, local news and blogs around the country proclaiming that, “Zito is back” and “Rockies shut-out during home opener”. This will be almost as painful as the 3+ hours endured watching the game itself.
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