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 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

The World Series game 1 begins tonight with Justin Verlander starting for Detroit and the revived Barry Zito announced by Bochy to make the start for San Francisco.

How the mighty have fallen. Remember how not so long ago former ace Tim Lincecum would have been the no brainer choice to start an important game like this for the Giants against a guy like Verlander?

Now they will rely on Zito, the huge contract disappointment who was all but written off up until this season when he turned things around by replacing the production in the rotation they used to depend on from the struggling two time Cy Young award winner Lincecum.

It should be a very interesting series. Zito's curveball will be put to the test early against those powerful Detroit bats.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Detroit will be playing Young in the outfield yikes.....We lose one good bat out of the lineup while we are in SF.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

You want Young's bat in the lineup however you can get it right now.

The Yankees couldn't stop him. If he remains hot in this series and Cabrera and Fielder do their thing look out.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Sandoval takes Verlander deep in the first. 1-0 Giants.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Zito has had the good command so far. It's still very early but this is reminding me of the dominant pitcher he once was with the Oakland A's 10 years ago.

The true test is going to be once the Tigers bat around a few times in the order and get a good look.

We shall see.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 6:18 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

The Giants are now leading 4-0 in the third.

Sandoval touches up Verlander once again with the long ball.

Verlander is getting roughed up by the Giants tonight.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 6:44 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Barry Zito helps his own cause by driving in the 5th San Francisco run of the night in the 4th inning.

5-0 Giants.

Meanwhile, the Tigers bats remain strangely silent so far against Zito.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Verlander stinks!

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Verlander didn't have it at all tonight. You could see it in the first inning. Leyland has since pulled him. Al Alburquerque is brought on from the pen in relief.

The Tigers offense so far looks flat after the layoff. Hopefully it's not 2006 all over again for them.

You can throw all the pre-game predictions out the window on this one.

Zito is pitching a gem.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

And Pablo Sandoval does it again!

His third home run of the game!

It's now 6-0 Giants in the 5th.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

The Tigers are done. They may win one at this rate.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 7:19 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

The Tigers now have a rally going against Zito.

You can never count that lineup out.

Bochy has now summoned Lincecum to the bullpen to begin warming up.

Lincecum is now in, Zito is done for the night.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Lincecum ends the rally.

It's now 6-1 Giants in the 6th.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 7:30 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Gregor Blanco has made two great catches in left field for San Francisco in this game that have robbed Detroit and bailed the Giants out of further damage.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 7:46 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Leyland has inserted Valverde to pitch in the 7th...(Cue up the spooky music)

Needless to say, the Tigers can't afford to get any further behind. It's getting late and Bochy is loaded with talent in his bullpen.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 7:53 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Right on cue, Valverde gives up two more runs in the 7th.

It's now 8-1 Giants.

Out of the dugout comes Jim Leyland with the hook.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Benoit is now on the mound for Detroit with the Giants threatening.

Inning over.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Game 1 is now going to the 9th inning with time running out on Detroit.

8-1 Giants.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Peralta hits a 2 run homer in the 9th for Detroit to cut the margin to 8-3 Giants but it may turn out to be too little too late.

 Posted:   Oct 24, 2012 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

Game over.

The Giants take game 1 of the 2012 World Series 8-3.

Barry Zito is the winning pitcher for San Francisco and Justin Verlander takes the loss for Detroit.

Tonight was one of those RARE bad starts by Verlander. And they are rare. Leyland usually has to pry the ball out of Verlander's hand especially in big games like this. He'll be back. Don't bet on two bad outings in a row from Verlander.

Zito is on the magical mystery tour this year. Most baseball experts thought he was through. He had another big game performance tonight in the post season for the Giants. His career has basically been at the bottom of the hill since his Cy Young Award days in Oakland. He's turning it around late in his career at 34 after losing much of his prime to sheer mediocrity and worse.

I can recall that on this very thread years ago we discussed Zito possibly coming to the Mets once he entered free agency. The Mets went after him agressively and offered him a boatload of money back in their spending days (I believe it was actually even more money than the Giants offered at the time) and he declined the Mets offer to stay out in the Bay area which is his home. (Even with his recent success thank goodness he did!)

San Francisco pitching coach Dave Righetti is being credited with helping Zito fix his mechanics. Righetti has been the Giants pitching coach on the scene for a very long time now and it's a bit strange how it took all these years to finally get Zito straightened out.

Better late than never I guess.

On to game 2.

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